New England Archivists Spring Meeting

Thank you to Nancy Heywood of the Massachusetts Historical Society, and to New England Archivists, for including me on the panel “The State of Statewide Repositories in New England & How They are Aggregating Special Collections” at this year’s Spring Meeting in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

The session description, taken from the meeting schedule, was as follows:

Archives, libraries, and special collections all over New England have digitized vast numbers of items from their collections and made them available on the Web.  Metadata aggregation is one option for promoting discoverability to a wide audience and some states have (or are working towards having) the technological infrastructure and overseeing agency to host metadata and/or digital content from organizations within their states.  What is the current state of these statewide repositories at the beginning of 2014?  What are the current issues and challenges faced by the institutions and/or collaborations that are responsible for these systems?  What do organizations need to do to be included in these repositories?  Could these statewide initiatives collaborate in any areas?

It was a privilege to be part of a panel made up of individuals and organizations doing such impressive work in the area of collections aggregation, and I was very glad to have the opportunity to share what we are doing with the RHODI project here in Rhode Island.

Thanks to all who came to the session, asked questions, and have been in touch since. I look forward to sharing further progress with all of you as the project grows.