ARCHIVES NETWORK OF ALBERTA NEWS
Janet McMaster, System Administrator, Archives Network of Alberta
I have recently been asked about the level of usage of our databases, by the public as well as by our institutional members. At present, we have three Cinemage databases:
- ANA database - fonds-level descriptions from archives throughout the province
- Alberta Insight database - images held in Alberta's archives; launched in October 2002
- Repositories database - contains information about the institutional members of the Archives Society of Alberta
From October 1, 2002 to September 30, 2003, we have been averaging over 4300 "hits" per month in total to our various databases. These are sessions that have been initiated by public users who access the databases via the ASA's web site, or from CaNWAN, the Canadian North West Archival Network. For the twelve-month period ending September 30, 2003, we received a total of 52,402 hits to our databases.
These statistics do not take into account usage by our Owner-Editors. On an average month, there are 10 to 15 different institutional members accessing the databases to add or revise their images and/or fonds-level descriptions, or to update their contact information contained in the repositories database.
For our first year of operation, we have seen significant growth in our databases. In October 2002, our fonds-level database contained 6663 descriptions. As of September 30, 2003, we have a total of 7850 fonds level descriptions from 37 different member institutions. Much of the increase in the number of our fonds level descriptions is due to the work of Scott Goodine, who was the ASA's Roving Archivist from October 2002 through July 2003. Alberta InSight continues to grow in leaps and bounds. As of Sept. 30, Alberta InSight contained a total of 11,697 images from 14 institutions.
As System Administrator, my role is to respond to questions about the system, coordinate training activities, vet descriptions and process bulk uploads. If you have any questions about the Archives Network of Alberta, or wish to arrange for training, please contact me at (403) 236-3406 or firstname.lastname@example.org.