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Friday, August 17 • 9:45am - 10:45am
408 - Pop Up: The Messy Work of Database Migrations

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Moving from one database to another is anything but a smooth transition.  A panel of archivists will share their experience of cleaning data, organizing and “packing” finding aids, and migrating them from one database to another.  As with a household move, we encountered cluttered closets, broken items, and long lost treasures we forgot we owned.  In our commitment to transparency, we will discuss the real and arduous challenges we encountered in our database migrations and will share our programming fixes, plans for standardizing our data, and lessons we learned along the way.  No archives have completely perfect finding aids which can cause database migration to be a seemingly impossible task.  This panel's goal is to candidly share the hurdles we encountered and solutions we implemented in our own database migrations in order to make yours less challenging.

This panel format pop-up will present on a number of databases from which we migrated from including Archivists' Toolkit, Archon, ReDiscovery, and Homegrown Databases into Archives Space.  We will offer our solutions to commonly encountered challenges and pitfalls and show helpful tips and tools. We will share lessons learned and solicit a robust question and answer period in order to best address unique audience inquiries.  We encourage anyone who is thinking about a database migration, completed one and may have insight to share during our Q & A, or anywhere in between to attend our session.   In addition to our panel presentations, we will highlight a newly created Awesome Archives Space List that can serve as a wonderful resource tool for those in the database migration market.


Justin Dalton

College of William & Mary
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Jane LaBarbara

Assistant Curator, West Virginia University Libraries
Jane is the Assistant Curator for Archives and Manuscripts at the West Virginia & Regional History Center, the special collections branch of WVU Libraries. She holds an MSLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and recently earned SAA's Digital Archives Specialist... Read More →
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Christina R. Luers

Archives Collections Specialist, College of William and Mary
Christina is the Archives Collections Specialist at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.  She holds a BA in History from Lycoming College and an MA in History from the University of North Florida.  She obtained her certification from the Academy of Certified... Read More →
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Margaret Turman Kidd she/her

Access and Electronic Records Archivist, Virginia Commonwealth University
Margaret Kidd is the Access and Electronic Records Archivist at VCU, Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences. She holds an MA in American history from the University of Richmond, and an MS in Information Science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Adam Strohm

Director, University Archives and Special Collections, Paul V. Galvin Library, Illinois Institute of Technology
Adam Strohm has served as the Director of University Archives and Special Collections at Paul V. Galvin Library since 2016. Adam previously held the position of Digital Initiatives Librarian at Illinois Tech and the Newberry Library in Chicago.

Friday August 17, 2018 9:45am - 10:45am EDT
Virginia AB, [Lobby Level]