[Archivesspace_Users_Group] seeking volunteers from Very Small and Small institutions for ArchivesSpace staff interface enhancement working group

Christine Di Bella christine.dibella at lyrasis.org
Wed Jun 28 11:37:11 EDT 2017

Hello ArchivesSpace members,

Thanks to all who have volunteered so far to participate in the member working group for enhancing the staff interface of ArchivesSpace. Lydia and I are gratified that the response to the call for participants has been so strong. We're especially encouraged because this means that the work of this big effort can be structured in a way that allows people with varying availability or different levels of experience to work on activities that are particularly meaningful to them. More details will be forthcoming in July.

Before the overall call closes on Friday, I wanted to put in a particular plea for people who work in Very Small and Small member institutions to join. If you work in a smaller institution and are at all interested in this effort for the staff interface, please get in touch. If you have concerns about the time commitment or level of experience needed, I'd be very happy to discuss them. Given the significance of the staff interface to people's experience using ArchivesSpace, it's very important to us that reexamining it be a representative effort.

Thanks for your consideration!

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Subject: [Archivesspace_tac_uac] call for participants in ArchivesSpace staff interface enhancement working group

Hello ArchivesSpace Members,

With the new version of the public user interface nearly complete, we are pleased to announce a member-led project to enhance, streamline, and make the staff interface of the ArchivesSpace software application more accessible.  As part of this effort, we are calling for member volunteers to participate in a working group to examine the current staff interface and identify improvements. A fuller description of what we are asking this working group to take on is included below.

The Staff Interface Enhancement Working Group will:

  *   Review, in order to de-dupe and enhance where necessary, outstanding JIRA issues submitted by the community over the years regarding the staff interface.
  *   Identify areas of interest not covered by existing JIRA issues.
  *   Identify accessibility gaps in the current staff interface.
  *   Based on the group's research and member feedback, develop organized recommendations for staff interface improvements.
  *   Once finalized, work with the ArchivesSpace Program team and others to use the recommendations as the basis for a comprehensive specification for the look and feel of the next version of the staff interface.
Lydia Tang of Michigan State University has graciously agreed to chair the working group. If you are interested in participating as a member of the group, please let me know through a direct reply to this message, by Friday, June 30. We are looking for broad participation across the different sizes and types of organizations that use ArchivesSpace.

In addition to the working group itself, there will be calls for feedback and participation at regular intervals. The first of these will be an in person focus group held in conjunction with the ArchivesSpace Member Forum in Portland on July 25. This will by no means be the last opportunity to give feedback, but we anticipate that it will help us get things off to a great start.

Let us know if you have any questions or would like to participate. I look forward to working with Lydia and all of you on this important endeavor!


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


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