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Employing More Product, Less Process (MPLP) approaches we are making archival collections more readily available to our researchers. As we digitize our collections we extend the accessibility of these collections through 24/7 virtual access, enhancing collection, series, and folder level descriptions from finding aids with the item level metadata that accompanies the digital surrogates. But are we creating our metadata as efficiently as possible, and with enough of the original context that exists in our finding aids? Or is there some room for improvement? In my presentation, I plan to explore how our finding aid data is or could be repurposed as item-level metadata for our digital collections and improve our ability to make our digital collections as readily available as our archival finding aids.


Presented at the Society of California Archivists Annual General Meeting, April 11-13, 2018.

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