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Info session recording available: "Building a National Finding Aid Network" project update (October 6th)

  • 1.  Info session recording available: "Building a National Finding Aid Network" project update (October 6th)

    Posted Oct 28, 2022 04:33 PM

    A recording and presentation slides from our October 6th project update on "Building a National Finding Aid Network" (NAFAN) are now available at the following links:

    About the information session

    The information session provided an early review of some of the key project deliverables, including:

    • Findings regarding:
      • The distinct needs of researchers and cultural heritage institutions in relation to finding aid aggregation, as identified by OCLC Research.
      • How a national-level finding aid network might offer services, support, and advocacy to community-based archives, surfaced in a two-day workshop hosted by Shift Collective in December 2021, "Increasing National Discovery of Archives."
    • A data dashboard providing a summary of EAD finding aid data and usage patterns, represented within US-based regional/state finding aid aggregations as of November 2020-January 2021.
    • A high-level functional and design model envisioned for a national-level finding aid network.

    About NAFAN

    The NAFAN project is coordinated by the California Digital Library (CDL), in collaboration with Chain Bridge Group, OCLC, Shift Collective, and the University of Virginia Library (UVA), and in close partnership with statewide/regional finding aid aggregators and LYRASIS (ArchivesSpace technical consultation). NAFAN is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, through grant LG-246349-OLS-20. The IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation's libraries and museums. To learn more, visit

    Adrian Turner
    Senior Product Manager
    California Digital Library
    (510) 287-3390
    Pronouns: he/him