ARCHIVES NETWORK OF ALBERTA NEWS
Janet McMaster, System Administrator, Archives Network of Alberta
The Archives Society of Alberta is very pleased to announce the launch of our newest database, Alberta InWord. It can be accessed by selecting "Alberta InWord" from the ASA's web page at: www.archivesalberta.org/general/database.htm.
As many of you are aware, this database was designed to facilitate participation in the Archival Resources in the Classroom project; however, it will also function as an on-going database for digitized textual records from our member institutions throughout the province.
As of January 15, 2004, Alberta InWord contains contributions from the Glenbow Archives, the Provincial Archives of Alberta, and the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives, representing a total of over 7000 scanned pages. New contributions are being received and uploaded on a daily basis. If you are interested in contributing to Alberta InWord, please contact me.
The initial response to Alberta InWord has been very positive. In the first month of operation, we received over 600 "hits" to this database, with very little promotion. In addition, the Glenbow Archives advises that they have already begun receiving requests about some of the letters in Alberta InWord; in fact, one magazine publisher has contacted them and is interested in publishing one of the letters they found.
In the meantime, our other databases continue to grow and flourish. The Canadian Architectural Archives and the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Archives and Library have recently added links for on-line finding aids to a number of their fonds level descriptions in the ANA database. Alberta InSight continues to grow in leaps and bounds - we expect to exceed 14,000 images early in the new year. New contributions have been received recently from the Edson and District Public Library and Archives, the Glenbow Archives, and the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Archives and Library. We have also recently added a new member to our Repositories database, the Mennonite Historical Society of Alberta.
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.