[Archivesspace_Users_Group] Ingesting lcnaf

Christine Di Bella christine.dibella at lyrasis.org
Wed Jan 25 13:46:18 EST 2017

Dear Kate,

This is a plugin but comes with a standard ArchivesSpace installation and is described in the user manual at https://docs.archivesspace.org/Default.htm#AgentsImportLCNAF.htm. It is also described and demonstrated in the Authorities overview video at http://docs.archivesspace.org/screencasts/KLNwebinars/17-AuthoritiesOverview.mp4 (it's discussed at about the 10:45 mark in the video). The ability to import subject headings from LCSH has been added since the instructions were last revised.

A few caveats: even though it's distributed with a standard ArchivesSpace, your system administrator has to have enabled use of this plugin for it to be available to you. Also, you have to have advanced data entry privileges or above to access it from the gear menu. You can try it out in the sandbox (http://sandbox.archivesspace.org - use the username admin and the password admin) if you don't have access locally and want to try it out.

This plugin is partially proof of concept - a demonstration of what could be done rather than a fully realized mechanism for importing all kinds of authorities. There are many other external databases that could interact with ArchivesSpace this way, and many ways this plugin itself could be improved, and I'd be very interested to hear if others have expanded on this plugin in their local installations.


Christine Di Bella
ArchivesSpace Program Manager
christine.dibella at lyrasis.org<mailto:christine.dibella at lyrasis.org>
800.999.8558 x2905
cdibella13 (Skype)

From: archivesspace_users_group-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org [mailto:archivesspace_users_group-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org] On Behalf Of Bowers, Kate A.
Sent: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 11:35 AM
To: Archivesspace Users Group <archivesspace_users_group at lyralists.lyrasis.org>
Subject: [Archivesspace_Users_Group] Ingesting lcnaf

Searching list archives and google, I understand someone has written a plugin that ingests LCNAF.

Can anyone point me to documentation of what this plugin is meant to do?

If you use it, I'd appreciate any documentation you have written or reviews of your experiences with it?  Screenshots of agent records post-ingest would be extremely helpful.


Kate Bowers
Collections Services Archivist for Metadata, Systems, and Standards
Harvard University Archives
kate_bowers at harvard.edu<mailto:megan_sniffin-marinoff at harvard.edu>
voice: (617) 998-5238
fax: (617) 495-8011
web: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:hul.eresource:archives
Twitter: @k8_bowers

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