Until recently, the DSU archive suffered a lack of discoverability. The problem stemmed from the absence of any mention of the archives on the University website. This past spring, however, the university overhauled its entire web presence including the WC Jason library landing page. As a result, the archives now has a place of prominence squarely in the center of the library's page under the heading of "Library Resources." By following the link provided thereunder, patrons are directed to the archive's very own LibGuide:
|The Archive's LibGuide page. From here patrons can access finding aids, look up archival terminology, and seek answers to commonly asked questions.|
This is a significant challenge because as time has passed and the collections grew quickly, the finding aids took a form more similar to an inventory and did not have the requisite scope and content, biography note, colophon and so on.This may sound like a heinous act, but believe me! Just when I thought I'd finished updating a collection, it seemed practically guaranteed that someone would approach the archives with an accession undoubtedly containing more records for the collection at hand. This happened time and time again with the Board of Trustee records (hence the 1.5 years it took to process it) as you read last month. You can see how it might be extremely frustrating. By the time I finished, it was time to start all over again!
NEVERTHELESS, I have begun to rectify the situation. Continuing into the new semester, I am striving to update the finding aids. New and improved finding aids are being regularly added swing by the LibGuide often. If there's a particular collection you want to see updated, let me know! I'll make it a priority.