Virginia Dressler, University Libraries
Virginia Dressler, University Libraries, presented “Adapting Digital Collection Interface for Special Collections and Archives Collections and Improving Workflow” at the Association for Information Science and Technology Annual Meeting 2017 in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 30, 2017.
Summary: This paper addresses a recent project at Kent State University to adapt the interface of Special Collections and Archives Digital Collections to better reflect textual archival content. As our project team discovered, some of these changes also improved ingestion workflows and the quality of the optical character recognition as a result. Automated processes of creating PDF files and updating related finding aid pages was also discussed. The visual presentation during the 2017 ASIS&T Annual Meeting provided visitors the opportunity to view the digital collections and interact directly with the project through the live library website as outlined in this paper. The project to date is based on open source technologies, and our team actively works to share code back to the respective community.