[Archivesspace_Users_Group] question about changing "Citation" page action options

Edgar Garcia edgar-garcia at northwestern.edu
Wed Sep 4 16:33:02 EDT 2019

Hello Lydia and all,

I have been mulling this over since discussing it at Dev. Pri. and I considered suggesting separating the citation proper from the URL and date timestamp which will distinctly separate the defined DACS compliant citation with any other information someone else would consider important.


Someone more akin to design could clean this up and probably make the texts below the buttons smaller, this was just a quick edit to show an example of what I mean.

Edgar Garcia

Senior Software Developer

IT Infrastructure

Northwestern University Libraries

Evanston, IL

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Hi Dan and Henry,

We recently discussed this ticket at Dev. Pri. and would love further input from everyone about it.  The reason for the URL and access date is that it can accurately cite the finding aid as potentially an evolving web page.  This could be really helpful for researchers referring to collections/finding aids that are actively being processed/revised.  I definitely see your point though that the citation note in DACS refers to the collection, not necessarily the finding aid, and thus the URL and access date wouldn’t be appropriate.  How do others feel about this topic?  Perhaps if there was a way to customize the citation generator by the backend or staff interface, that would be helpful, so institutions could decide individually?  What other solutions would be better?

Thanks for bringing this up!  Looking forward to hearing others’ input!


Dev. Pri. co-chair

From: <archivesspace_users_group-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org> on behalf of Daniel Michelson <dmichelson at smith.edu>
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Date: Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 3:35 PM
To: Archivesspace Users Group <archivesspace_users_group at lyralists.lyrasis.org>
Subject: Re: [Archivesspace_Users_Group] question about changing "Citation" page action options

Hi Henry,

It won't be of help right now, but I've created a ticket<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__archivesspace.atlassian.net_browse_ANW-2D921-3FatlOrigin-3DeyJpIjoiYWQ4NGY1ZGEwNzc1NGFhMzliZTg4NGQ0MWNjZGFjNDIiLCJwIjoiaiJ9&d=DwMFaQ&c=nE__W8dFE-shTxStwXtp0A&r=lG1-HSCEGsZJf-_mV6BDLh4PvkC3fOv47rKbM_dbh1g&m=FVNm3r9iVikXE-vQ6NC1Y93pLNul9mES5WMPYFbBH-c&s=paitNYx4bk-EqIwkauC_VJOPoNRtRGFVWoX-MDBOELY&e=> asking for the removal of the URL and date accessed from the citation, since it doesn't comply with DACS.


On Wed, Sep 4, 2019 at 3:28 PM Steele, Henry <Henry.Steele at tufts.edu<mailto:Henry.Steele at tufts.edu>> wrote:

I am working with Digital Collections & Archives at Tufts to modify the PUI with our branding, etc.  I have a question about changing the functionality of one of the action buttons at the top of the page when you’re in the context of a record.

We want to change the output of the “Citation” button when you’re in the context of a resource, to remove the “URL” and “Accessed: <datestamp>” parts of the outputted citation.  I spent some time this afternoon trying to find where to do this, and the nearest thing I could find was Harvard’s PUI plugin:  https://github.com/harvard-library/aspace-hvd-pui/blob/master/public/plugin_init.rb<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__nam05.safelinks.protection.outlook.com_-3Furl-3Dhttps-253A-252F-252Fgithub.com-252Fharvard-2Dlibrary-252Faspace-2Dhvd-2Dpui-252Fblob-252Fmaster-252Fpublic-252Fplugin-5Finit.rb-26data-3D02-257C01-257Cmark.custer-2540yale.edu-257C2e6f375d5c084490b50008d7316aa1b3-257Cdd8cbebb21394df8b4114e3e87abeb5c-257C0-257C0-257C637032206368478026-26sdata-3D4sb7ZMfQpZG5nZ-252BJKItS9LtmxEZiKtNzc7hEKe3rP-252Bs-253D-26reserved-3D0&d=DwMFaQ&c=nE__W8dFE-shTxStwXtp0A&r=lG1-HSCEGsZJf-_mV6BDLh4PvkC3fOv47rKbM_dbh1g&m=FVNm3r9iVikXE-vQ6NC1Y93pLNul9mES5WMPYFbBH-c&s=bITC2BeefW9LdTgBwj9rOQdkvkSC-nTiZgc5WjT9F-c&e=>    But after fiddling for a bit I couldn’t get this to work.  Plus it would be great if we don’t have to import a whole plugin, since most of these are configuration changes akin to what you and Tufts want to do, with their branding

Has anyone ever attempted this, or know where this behavior can be changed?

Henry Steele

Systems Librarian

Tufts University Library Technology Services


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Smith College Special Collections
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