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The Archival Description Working Group at Princeton University's  
Department of Rare Books and Special Collections is pleased to  
announce the availability of a redesigned finding aid interface.  The  
site is now available in production:

http://findingaids.princeton.edu

This work is the result of collaboration between Princeton's Archival  
Description Working Group and digital initiatives staff.  It also  
builds on descriptive data created by dozens of staff involved with  
aggressive processing and data conversion projects over the last seven  
years.

Features of the new access system include:

* Delivery of images directly from the finding aid interface

* Contents lists that are sortable by title, date, or physical  
location in the collection

* Direct access to EAD components from search results

* Faceting and browsing options from search results

* Enhanced topic features, based on linked data principles

* Support for delivery of EAC-CPF records

* IDs and stable URLs for every EAD component

* Better options for users to contact the library and connect with  
each other, including an "Ask a Question" (for reference requests) and  
a commenting feature for users wishing to request an enhancement to  
the description or discuss the content of the collection within the  
finding aid itself or share information within their own social networks

* A more modular display of the finding aids, including ?Component  
Records' at each level of description that are intended to meet DACS  
Single-Level minimum requirements.

* Aeon integration, including requesting without leaving the interface  
(after authentication)

We welcome and encourage feedback through the "site feedback" link at  
the top right of every page.

The implementation team includes Maureen Callahan, John Delaney, Shaun  
Ellis, Regine Heberlein, Dan Santamaria, Jon Stroop, and Don  
Thornbury. Please contact Dan Santamaria ([log in to unmask]) with  
any questions.