When the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge developed a strategy for how to preserve the extensive Alvin Weinberg Collection of personal papers in perpetuity, fulfilling a promise made to him by the museum’s Director, they knew they needed an archival collections management system that was fully up to the task.
Dr. Alvin Weinberg was an Oak Ridge physicist who helped design the world’s first nuclear reactors and was an integral part of the Manhattan Project. He was known world-wide as a pioneer in reactor design and the peaceful use of nuclear energy. As they were deciding how best to present the Weinberg Collection publicly, they looked for a solution that was cost-effective, delivered via software-as-a-service (SaaS) because they have no paid IT staff to manage their own server, and one that could offer enough storage for their large collection. They ultimately selected Lucidea’s ArchivEra because it could solve their most important challenges: public access, SaaS, technology in perpetuity, automated import, and minimal training. Says Project Lead Rhonda Bogard, “We put together a requirements list, and everything we needed, ArchivEra met. The longevity of the company and the robust technology inspired confidence.”
We sat down with Ms. Bogard and Mr. Harold Ketterer, Project Database Administrator, for an inspiring conversation about the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge implementation of ArchivEra. We invite you to learn more about how they leverage ArchivEra to present The Weinberg Collection to the world. To read their full success story, please click here.
Preserving archival electronic records requires identifying, classifying, and storing them, as well as coordinating internal and external access.
Archivists contribute their expertise to managing a broad range of records that need to be preserved.
Researchers and archivists use the catalog to locate a particular collection or find everything an institution has on a topic; the catalog serves as a portal.
Archival finding aids are the primary access tool for archivists, providing the most information about a collection.