Special Collections Librarians, To Me!
July 15, 2013 9:25 AM Subscribe
Where can I find a good introduction to best practices for cataloging a newly fledged popular culture document archive?
posted by ursus_comiter to Society & Culture (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I’m the freshly minted associate director of PLAGMADA, the PLAy Generated Map & Document Archive (previously
), and one of the things we’re hoping to do is implement a useful cataloging system for the archive. Currently, the digital archive is based on some web gallery software and is not searchable in any practical way. I’m hoping to catalog our holdings along a variety of classifications as well as establish a submission form for new donations that will help us collect information that will help with integrating said donations into the catalog. The catalog is also going to be referencing the actual materials, which we have arranged to have archived eventually at the National Museum of Play. For various reasons, the digital archives are not going to be fully extensive with our material holdings.
While PLAGMADA is probably unique as an archive in many ways, I’m sure that this sort of thing has been tackled by special collections librarians plenty of times and that there are manuals and field guides to this sort of thing. It’s a difficult enough undertaking without our also turning it into the outsider art of the cataloging world.
Bonus points for any pointers to a FOSS solution for a special-collections-friendly collections database that has a good web front end.