[Archivesspace_Users_Group] Very small institutions: How is ArchivesSpace working for you?

Gallo, Denise Denise.Gallo at doc.org
Fri Aug 1 11:00:38 EDT 2014

Well, I'll weigh in, too. We do have onsite IT and we wondered if the problems were on our end (it's taken months for us to even get this installed and get into the sandbox). We were interested in Colleen's issues which seem to mirror ours. We're not even to the point of migrating yet since we only just got the system up.
Chris was really helpful but maybe there are some backend issues that we all are experiencing?
Any others?

Denise P. Gallo, Ph.D.
Provincial Archivist
Daughters of Charity
341 South Seton Avenue
Emmitsburg, MD 21727
(301) 447-6067 office
(240) 440-4488 cell
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From: archivesspace_users_group-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org [mailto:archivesspace_users_group-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org] On Behalf Of Lisa Lobdell
Sent: Friday, August 01, 2014 10:57 AM
To: 'Archivesspace Users Group'
Subject: Re: [Archivesspace_Users_Group] Very small institutions: How is ArchivesSpace working for you?

Hi, Colleen.  It sounds like you and I are in the same boat.  Part of the problem here is that  I don't have the benefit of onsite IT support staff.  The larger organization that I am a part of contracts for IT support but the consultants we work with aren't computer programmers or familiar with archival software programs.  Chris Fitzpatrick and our consultant worked together to fix initial migration problems and it appeared that everything migrated successfully.  Then about 25 accession records disappeared.  I'm now using both AT and AS because as you said "we've not been able to achieve basic functionality of the software."
Thank you for asking the question.

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From: archivesspace_users_group-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org<mailto:archivesspace_users_group-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org> [mailto:archivesspace_users_group-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org] On Behalf Of Colleen McFarland
Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2014 4:33 PM
To: archivesspace_users_group at lyralists.lyrasis.org<mailto:archivesspace_users_group at lyralists.lyrasis.org>
Subject: [Archivesspace_Users_Group] Very small institutions: How is ArchivesSpace working for you?

I'm curious about how other very small institutions are doing with the transition to ArchivesSpace.  We at Mennonite Church USA are stalled because the installation and support of the software itself has been very difficult and time-consuming.  We had an instance of ArchivesSpace up and running briefly (with a lot of help from Chris Fitzpatrick), but then it stopped working, and we haven't been able to get it started again.  Because we've not been able to achieve basic functionality of the software yet (and we've been working at it for several months now), we've not begun  the migration of data from Archon to ArchivesSpace.   I have to confess that I'm really worried that we won't get it done before migration support for charter members ends.  And based on the messages I see here, it seems that migration is not easy, and we will need all the help we can get.

If you work at a very small institution, I'd like to hear how things are going.  Feel free to respond either privately or on the list.



Colleen McFarland, Director of Archives and Records Management, Mennonite Church USA
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