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Catalog refresh or how i learned to stop worrying and love emu

Catalog Refresh or: How I learned to stop worrying and love EMu

Heather Curtis, Project Manager

UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM



Us holocaust memorial museum
US Holocaust Memorial Museum

  • Created by Presidential Commission in 1979

  • Opened in April 1993

  • Mission:

    • Advance and disseminate knowledge about this unprecedented tragedy

    • Preserve the memory of those who suffered

    • To encourage visitors to reflect upon the moral and spiritual questions raised by the events of the Holocaust as well as their own responsibilities as citizens of a democracy

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Office of collections
Office of Collections

  • Objects (>16,385)

  • Archives (64.6 million pages)

  • Library (>93,132)

  • Photo Archives (87,200)

  • Oral History (>62,500 testimonies)

  • Film and Video (>1,247 hours)

  • Conservation

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Museum and emu
Museum and EMu

  • Live in February, 2008

  • Two databases migrated over

    • TMS – (Objects/Collections Management)

    • Voyager – (Objects/Archives/Oral History/Collections Management)

  • Poor choices

    • Few people made sweeping decisions

      • Data migration

      • Field usage – everyone can share!

  • Results

    • Data migration disaster

    • Overwhelming frustration/distrust

    • No plan

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Meanwhile
Meanwhile…

  • Internal Collections Search using Blacklight

    • Exposing issues with data

  • Claims Conference funding for cataloging objects and documents

    • Need to commit to standards

  • Digitization Project

    • Inventory data residing in dcTrack

  • 20th Anniversary

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Refresh
Refresh

  • 4 goals:

    • Create a collection level record

    • Prioritize data clean-up

      • What can be done with remigration and what will be done later?

    • Better management of locations

      • Location vs. Locations

    • New tabs for each collecting unit

      • Keep your eyes on your own work!

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How do we do this differently
How do we do this differently?

  • Better understanding of EMu

  • Communication

    • Scheduled frequent meetings with each division

    • Web site

    • Emails

  • Every opinion counts

    • Met with each division in every step

    • Give each division something to react to

  • Deadlines

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Goal 1 collection record type
Goal # 1: Collection Record Type

  • Donors tend to give collections that have multiple artifact types:

    • Objects

    • Documents

    • Oral history

    • Need to keep them together to understand the story of the collection

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Goal 2 data cleanup
Goal #2: Data cleanup

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Goal 3 location
Goal #3: Location

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Location
Location

  • Currently have two location tabs

    • We have archival collection that are multiple holder boxes/multiple reels

    • Confusing data

  • New solution:

    • One location tab

    • Template to be used when we move item with component and designation

    • Parts tab will show with color change when something is away from permanent storage

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Goal 4 new tabs
Goal #4: New tabs

  • Focus on current workflow

  • Commit to fields

  • Where can we prevent user error:

    • What can be a lookup list?

    • What can be the same lookup list as other fields?

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Current tabs
Current tabs…

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New tabs
New tabs…

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Bombs away
Bombs Away

  • Reviewing second draft of new tabs

  • Data migration begins next week

  • Go live date – December 10, 2012

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Future
Future

  • Narratives module for Oral History and Object Curators

  • Move 2 more collections into EMu – 2013

  • Export data to OCLC

  • Assign subject headings in OCLC and import them back into EMu

  • PARTIES MODULE REFRESH

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