UC San Diego Libraries Help Create,
Offer First Open-Source Archivists’ Toolkit

December 20, 2006

By Paul K. Mueller

The first open-source archival data-management system, Archivists’ Toolkit ™, is now available for download by interested institutions, thanks to funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and development efforts by librarians and researchers at UC San Diego, New York University, and Five Colleges Inc.

The archiving system offers integrated support for managing archival materials from acquisition through processing – including accessing, describing, donor-tracking, name and subject authority work, and location management.

Mellon trustees also recently approved an additional $957,000 to support continued development of the system.

Archivists’ Toolkit ™ , being offered under an Educational Community License (ECL), may be downloaded here: http://www.archiviststoolkit.org/.

UC San Diego Librarian Brian E. C. Schottlaender, immediate past president of the Association of Research Libraries, served as co-principal investigator for the effort, along with Carol Mandel, Dean of Libraries at NYU. He worked closely with Bradley Westbrook, project manager and lead analyst, at UC San Diego.

“This resource, featuring integrated support, custom interfaces, and maximum flexibility for different institutions’ needs, should prove useful for large and small archives alike,” said Schottlaender. “The Mellon Foundation’s generosity has made this useful archiving toolkit possible and, now, widely available.”


Media Contact: Paul K. Mueller, 858-534-8564

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