[Archivesspace_Users_Group] ArchivesSpace: what do you wish you had known before you implemented it?

Natalie Adams na207 at cam.ac.uk
Mon Sep 23 04:04:28 EDT 2019

Dear all,

Here at Cambridge University we are working on implementing AS: planning to set up one repository for the University Library and several other repositories for partner organisations across the city and University. I've been drawing on the AS user manual, video tutorials, list serv archives and resources like the Awesome ArchivesSpace list (heavily!) and learning new stuff about how AS works all the time. However I was inspired by the helpful discussions at the AS Community call last week and decided to ask 'What do you wish you had known about AS before you implemented it?'

Our biggest learning point so far has been around the difference between archival objects and resources- we spent some time adding user-defined fields to AS before realising that they would only be available in resource records and also only recently realised that pdfs can only be generated at resource level. So if anyone is happy to share experiences of pitfalls they could have avoided, we would be very grateful!

All the best,


Natalie Adams
Systems Archivist
Cambridge University Library
West Road
Cambridge, CB3 9DR
Tel 01223 766377
Normal working days are Monday-Wednesday

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