Friday, September 15, 2006

September Progress Report

A new view of the drawing storage room. To see what this room looked like a year ago, click here.

It's been one year since SPSU Archives and Special Collections started with a full time Archivist. We've accomplished quite a bit in our first year, including the transformation of the drawing storage room into a space for archives users as seen above.

Here is a list of just some of the things the Archives and Special Collections has accomplished in its first year:

  • Surveyed the collections to determine those that were most at risk, and prioritized the work to be done.

  • Stated its mission, surveyed and prioritized the collections at the Library, and formulated written procedures and processes for our most at-risk collections.

  • Rehoused over 1,500 uncataloged maps and plats

  • Created a dozen SPSU wiki pages in order tobetter share our information with the community.

  • Arranged, cataloged, and rehoused almost two thousand architectural drawings.

  • Submitted our first EAD finding aid to the Digital Library of Georgia (currently pending peer review).

  • Launched the Archives and Special Collections website.

  • Submitted a proposal for building Archives and Special Collections space within the library.

  • Committed ourselves to connecting the archives to student learning by involving the collections in student Construction Management and Computer Science projects.

  • In our second year, we'll be mounting larger exhibits, calculating our average number of archives users, building a digital photograph collection, reaching out to alumni and more. Watch this blog and our main page to see us organize and grow.