SAA Archivists' Toolkit Roundtable

The Archivists' Toolkit Roundtable of the Society of American Archivists will hold its inaugural meeting on Wednesday, Aug 12th, 1-3pm, at the SAA Annual Conference in Austin, Texas.

Established in February 2009, the Archivists’ Toolkit Roundtable (ATRT) provides a forum for archivists from all types of repositories to identify and discuss key issues relevant to the Archivists' Toolkit (AT) software tool.

The inaugural meeting’s theme is centered on COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, and will set in motion the means to achieving the roundtable’s goals through input and activity from within the archival community. This will be an opportunity to share and benefit from the knowledge and expertise within the AT community that will enable us to expand upon and utilize the AT’s features and functions to its full potential.

SAA members and non-members may participate in the SAA Roundtables and Discussion Lists. Join the roundtable (SAA members as members; non-SAA members as participants), and you will automatically be added to the forum: ==> Archivists’ Toolkit Roundtable ==> Join/Leave
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Introduction to the Archivists' Toolkit

The Archivists’ Toolkit™, or the AT, is the first open source archival data management system to provide broad, integrated support for the management of archives. It is intended for a wide range of archival repositories. The main goals of the AT are to support archival processing and production of access instruments, promote data standardization, promote efficiency, and lower training costs.

Currently, the application supports accessioning and describing archival materials; establishing names and subjects associated with archival materials, including the names of donors; managing locations for the materials; and exporting EAD finding aids, MARCXML records, and METS, MODS and Dublin Core records. Future functionality will be built to support repository user/resource use information, appraisal for archival materials, expressing and managing rights information, and interoperability with user authentication systems.

The AT project is a collaboration of the University of California San Diego Libraries, the New York University Libraries and the Five Colleges, Inc. Libraries, and is generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.