The Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies at the University of Georgia is pleased to announce the launch of a new database of research finding aids - a new way to assist researchers in finding primary source materials. Powered by the open source application, eXtensible Text Framework (XTF), the database allows patrons to conduct full-text searching of collection finding aids, browse by subject, and browse alphabetically by collection title and collection creator. This quick search tool not only makes Russell Library’s collections more accessible for off-site users but also enables all patrons to target collections that are most relevant to their areas of interest.
Each finding aid includes a navigable table of contents that allows users to browse the hierarchy of each collection and pinpoint their areas of interest. The table of contents links the user directly to a descriptive summary of the collection, subject terms, a biographical or historical note related to the collection’s creator, a detailed description of the contents of the collection, a listing of folder titles, and any restrictions that apply to using the collection.
At present, the database contains finding aids for over a hundred of the Russell Library’s collections – a number that will grow extensively as staff members continue to build this online resource. The finding aids included therein consist of the papers of Georgia public officials, journalists, influential citizens, political and policy groups and organizations from the late nineteenth century to the present. They provide significant documentation of the broad spectrum of political activities of modern Georgia through papers, printed material, electronic records, photographs, sound recordings, film, editorial cartoons, artifacts, and oral history. The collections also document the global relationships and interests formed by Georgians through political action, foreign service, trade, and other activities.
The development of this database was a collaborative effort among staff members of the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, the Digital Library of Georgia, and the University of Georgia Libraries Systems department. Though a huge undertaking, developing the database is just one step in the Russell Library’s ongoing efforts to make its collections more accessible to the public and to prepare for the opening of the new special collections building at the University of Georgia.
To explore Russell Library’s new finding aids application, please go to http://russelldoc.galib.uga.edu/russell/search
Abby Griner, C.A.
Access and Electronic Records Archivist
Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
University of Georgia
Fax: 706.542.4144 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit the website at http://www.libs.uga.edu/russell
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