Texas Archival Resources Online: A Community-Driven Redesign




Bowman, Amy
Grinstead, Leigh

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Members of the Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO) Steering Committee will report on the past year's work to plan significant improvements to Texas' one and only consortial website for archival finding aids, under the NEH 21st Century Collaborative Planning Grant. Topics will include governance and organizational home explorations, system platform research and testing, usability testing, education and outreach, standards, and more. The TARO website was created with grant funding more than 16 years ago with ongoing hosting and maintenance generously provided by UT Libraries. However, with close to 1 million visits per year, it is past time to reimage TARO - both in terms of 1) how users interact with collection data currently provided in EAD and 2) how TARO community members might design a system of continued support that will enable archivists, librarians, and museum curators to respond to changing user expectations, professional standards, and technologies. Join us for a quick moving session to learn more about TARO in the 21st Century.


Presentation for the 2016 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries (TCDL).