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Representatives from CNI member organizations gather twice annually to explore new technologies, content, and applications; to further collaboration; to analyze technology policy issues, and to catalyze the development and deployment of new projects. Each member organization may send two representatives. Program PDF is also available.
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Monday, December 9 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
2.3.1 Developing a Community-Based Strategic Agenda for the Transformation of Archival Discovery and Delivery

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Archives and special collections are at a critical point of reconsidering discovery, access, and delivery for their collections given development and adoption of key technical and community infrastructure that supports access, delivery, and use of collections. Systems and platforms supporting these functions, like discovery systems, fulfillment systems, media delivery, and specialized access environments, are becoming increasingly sophisticated and complex, with users and researchers demanding more sophisticated functionality over time. Inadequate systems integration for archival discovery and delivery leads to a frustrating user experience for researchers and archivists, introducing unnecessary friction to ongoing research and fulfillment processes. Systems integration also impacts (and may be driven by) distributed systems support models such as those between departments, in consortial environments, and when using software as a service solutions. Given ongoing concerns about the sustainability of digital infrastructure and equitable access to content managed in it within the cultural heritage sector, there is an opportunity to get an in-depth understanding of how systems integration impacts archival discovery and delivery, and to develop a forward-looking agenda to address these functions holistically.

Through our experience with technical and community development supporting archival discovery and delivery through initiatives like ArcLight (an archival discovery environment developed by Stanford University, University of Michigan, Indiana University, Duke University, and Princeton University), Project Electron (developed by Rockefeller Archive Center), and the International Image Interoperability Framework's Archives Community Group, we see an opportunity to align both strategic and tactical work to develop an agenda describing a future for access and use of archives and special collections that cares for communities that use and are represented in them through carefully-considered integrations. This activity is a core focus of Lighting the Way: A National Forum on Archival Discovery and Delivery, a project facilitated by Stanford University Libraries and funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services, which is convening a series of national meetings on strategic alignment focused on front-end systems integration for archives and special collections.


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M.A. Matienzo

Assistant Director for Digital Strategy and Access, Libraries, Stanford University
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Audra Eagle Yun

Head of Special Collections & Archives and University Archivist, University of California, Irvine
Audra Eagle Yun is Head of Special Collections & Archives at the University of California, Irvine, where she provides leadership and vision for a team of nine librarians and staff with emphases in University Archives, the Critical Theory Archive, the Southeast Asian Archive, and unique... Read More →
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Tom Cramer

Chief Technology Strategist, University Libraries, Stanford University
Blacklight, IIIF, Samvera, Fedora, VIVO, Research Intelligence, DuraSpace, linked data, Web Archiving, geospatial services, open source, community.
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Hillel Arnold

Assistant Director, Head of Digital Programs, Rockefeller Archive Center
Arnold is Assistant Director, Head of Digital Programs at the Rockefeller Archive Center, where he leads the implementation of systems and processes facilitating broad and equitable access to and responsible preservation of archival records. He has been active in SAA throughout his... Read More →

Monday December 9, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST