Where archives and special collections meet Web 2.0: Building next-generation archival tools
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With the launch of large-scale book digitization projects, libraries will increasingly be distinguished by their special and archival collections, and by the services that they offer to provide access to these collections. This presentation describes some of the innovative tools being created to enhance access to resources of the Northwest Digital Archives, a consortium of libraries and archival facilities in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. These efforts include the creation of a robust RSS feed describing recently-added NWDA resources and the integration of a user tagging system that enables visitors to add information to collection finding aids while the archival record is kept intact. The presentation will provide visual examples of these applications, along with information on how these tools are being integrated into the NWDA program.