[Archivesspace_Users_Group] ArchivesSpace for books/rare books?

Christine Di Bella christine.dibella at lyrasis.org
Tue Jun 2 09:56:52 EDT 2015

Hi everyone,

And now for something completely different...

There has been some discussion on Twitter yesterday and today about whether/how to use ArchivesSpace for book cataloging, and specifically for rare book cataloging. Is anyone doing this or thinking about doing this? If you're not currently using ArchivesSpace for this, but you have done archival description for books or book-like materials in AT, Archon, or another system in the past, it would be great to hear about that too. In what situations would you find using ArchivesSpace (or a similar system) particularly suitable for books or other things that might otherwise be cataloged/managed bibliographically? What would make you hesitate (or just plain say "no") about using ArchivesSpace from doing this?

Many of my questions up in the previous paragraph assume use of the resources module in ASpace, but Mike Rush from Yale also mentioned on Twitter that they plan to use the accessions module for books, though the final description will go elsewhere. (And have developed some plugins to support this.) So that's another approach to consider and certainly opens up more possibilities.

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

P.S. These are somewhat tangential to that discussion, but I provided these links on Twitter and people here may also find them of interest if you don't already know about them:
UIUC's Quick and Clean Cataloging Project: http://www.library.illinois.edu/rbx/qnc/ - bibliographic cataloging, but philosophically aligned in some ways with archival practice
An article by Katherine Wisser in RBM that draws parallels between archival description and rare book and manuscript cataloging: http://rbm.acrl.org/content/12/1/34.full.pdf+html

Christine Di Bella
Community Outreach and Support Manager
christine.dibella at lyrasis.org<mailto:christine.dibella at lyrasis.org>
800.999.8558 x2905
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