[Archivesspace_Users_Group] Using ArchivesSpace for collection management: need trigger dates in the future

Maureen Callahan mcallahan at smith.edu
Tue Dec 17 10:21:37 EST 2019

Dear Natalie,

It's great to see repositories using ArchivesSpace to kick off automated

I was lucky enough to have worked on the team that had put together the
specification for your scenario 1, and that was exactly the outcome we had
in mind. (A video about that is here, although the version is very behind:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biCDhkbBSng )

For your scenario 2, I've been fantasizing about future ArchivesSpace
functionality that would govern legal agreements -- a "legal agreement"
record type that could track who signed onto the agreement, when, and what
was agreed upon, and this information could be then linked to all of the
materials that this agreement governs. This is to say that I don't think
that this is the kind of thing that ASpace is currently designed to do and
I tend to be nervous about bending enterprise systems to make them do hacks
for us. But I would be very eager to talk more with you and others to come
up with a specification for these kinds of collections management /
collection development activities!

Best wishes,

On Tue, Dec 17, 2019 at 4:47 AM Natalie Adams <na207 at cam.ac.uk> wrote:

> Dear all,
> We are relatively new to ArchivesSpace and are currently exploring using
> the collection management functions in AS with a view to producing local
> guidelines for archivists working in the Cambridge University Library and
> partner organisations. Our ideal is that AS becomes the one (and only)
> place for notes and documentation about collection management.
> One of the issues we are seeking to accommodate is using AS to prompt us
> about dates for future action. Here are a couple of scenarios of the type
> of thing we would like to do:-
> 1)      Produce reports of future dates when archival material is due to
> be opened or reviewed
> 2)      Produce reports of future dates to prompt action by the
> repository eg get back in touch with a depositor to remind them to return
> deed of a gift
> For scenario 1, we’ve been exploring adding dates to resource/resource
> component descriptions in the ‘conditions governing access’ note field and
> linking the resource/resource component to an Assessment record. Our tech
> team wrote us a report which could pull together any resource/resource with
> a date in the ‘conditions governing access’ field. This looks like it will
> work well.
> For scenario 2, we’re a little stuck. We think it would be helpful to be
> able to include a future date to an assessment record, but I wondered
> whether any other AS users out there have come up with different solutions
> to this. I am sorry if I have missed anything obvious but would be very
> grateful for any help or advice. It would also be interesting to know
> whether other repositories would be interested in amending the assessment
> record in this way.
> Best wishes,
> Natalie
> *Natalie Adams*
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> Cambridge University Library
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Maureen Callahan
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