BETHLEHEM, Pa., August 6, 2013 — In a groundbreaking pilot project with Lock Haven University, Backstage Library Works has provided the university’s archives with archival processing services, allowing researchers access to the Mary Ward Collection which spans six decades from the 1930s through the 1980s.
The Mary Ward collection was processed on-site at the folder level, labeled to describe contents and dates, and rehoused in new boxes. Final processing produced three linear feet, plus an eight-page finding aid that was converted to EAD format.
Backstage’s archival processing project manager, Rob Paustian states:
"A growing number of unprocessed records within an institution can create a backlog so massive, that potential donors may think twice about donating a collection. To help institutions reduce their backlogs, Backstage is sending archival specialists on-site to process these collections and make them available to the public. We are privileged to have worked with Lock Haven University on our pilot project."
Regarding the value of Backstage’s on-site service for their library, Lock Haven’s Bernadette Heiney reports:
"We were thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Backstage Library Works on their archival processing pilot project. It allowed us to work with an experienced archivist and learn the most up-to-date best practices. As part-time archivists, the project re-energized our commitment to and enthusiasm for our archive collection."
About Lock Haven University Libraries (LHU)
Stevenson Library and the Clearfield Campus Library make up the Lock Haven University (LHU) Libraries. Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) and is located in rural central Pennsylvania. The mission of the LHU Libraries is to acquire and facilitate access to information resources that support the academic and professional goals of their students, faculty, and staff; to provide students, faculty, and staff with the means and skills to locate, evaluate, and effectively use those information resources; and to ensure that the library is a comfortable place suitable for group projects and quiet study.
About Backstage Library Works
Backstage’s objective is to provide the most technologically advanced and efficient means for delivering professional library services. With over 25 years of experience, the company is known for its expertise in handling complex and unique projects. Backstage specializes in solutions for cataloging, authority control, digitization, preservation microfilm, and on-site needs. In providing services to more than a thousand libraries, large and small, public and private, and in locations across the globe, Backstage has cultivated an understanding of libraries, their mission, their operations, and the challenges they face. Backstage offices are located in Provo, Utah, and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.