TARO March news and updates

Greetings all,

Hard to believe it is already March. This is partially because every time I try to switch from my heater to air conditioner and put away my sweaters Texas decides it needs another few snow days. I hope this finds you all well and warm. Just wanted to give you some March updates on all things TARO:

  1. February statistics are now available and posted to our TARO Wiki page.
  2. Work continues on TXarchives.org thanks to additional funding from ARPA, Americans Rescue Plan Act; stay tuned for more updates.
  3. TARO Subcommittees need volunteers! We are looking for a few good folks to help serve on TARO subcommittees. We are in need of volunteers for the Outreach & Education, and Authorized Terms subcommittees. If you are interested or want to know more about these committees, please contact smdodd@smu.edu.
  4. Upcoming TARO webinars and IN-PERSON (so exciting!) workshops. Mark your calendars for these upcoming webinars and introductory workshops. Sponsored by the Texas Historical Records Advisory Board with funding provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Introduction to TARO2.0 (Zoom Webinar)

Tuesday, March 15th, 2022


Welcome to TARO2.0! Get a guided tour of the new website and all its features. Topics will include: logging in (authenticator / email methods), uploading new finding aids, compliance checking, editing and deleting finding aids. We will also demo the search, advanced search, and browse features of the site as well as analytics. Join us live for a Q&A following the presentation. The webinar will be recorded and added to our training video library.

TARO and ArchivesSpace Open Forum (Webinar)

Tuesday, March 29th, 2022


Are you an ArchivesSpace user and a member of TARO? Join us for an open forum on TARO2.0. Hear from other ASpace repositories on their workflows, tips, and tricks for exporting XML files and uploading them to TARO. Hear from members of the Texas State Library and Archives, Rice University, and the Briscoe Center. Do you have a process you can share? All are welcome to share their workarounds and best practices for working with ArchivesSpace and TARO. The webinar will be recorded and added to our training video library.

TARO and Access Terms (Webinar)

Tuesday, April 19th, 2022


Join us for a conversation with our subject term remediation specialist. Learn more about TARO2.0’s browse and advanced terms list, and how you can optimize your finding aids for discoverability.

Introduction to TARO: Encoding and Submitting Finding Aids (In-Person)

San Marcos, Texas State University, Friday, April 1st, 2022

Dallas, Southern Methodist University, Wednesday, April 27th, 2022

Houston, Society of Southwest Archivists Annual Meeting, Wednesday, May 18th, 2022

This workshop will serve anyone learning how to encode archival finding aids using the Encoded Archival Description (EAD) standard in XML, but is focused on the local guidelines and participation logistics for the state consortium for finding aids, Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO).  The morning session will provide basic information on EAD and the standards used with it, as well as background on TARO. The afternoon session will include hands-on time using an XML editor (or alternatively, using ArchivesSpace) to build a valid EAD XML finding aid file and seeing how to upload it to TARO. In 2020-2021, TARO underwent significant changes and upgrades, which this workshop will address, so it will be useful even to those who are familiar with the previous version of TARO. This includes required tags and attributes, suggested subject browsing terms, and a new way of uploading and managing files. Participants will learn how XML tags work, what the EAD tags are, how to validate an XML file, how to use the TARO Best Practices Guidelines, and how to upload files to TARO. Detailed handouts and sample files will allow participants to continue their practice after the workshop.

Workshop is free to participants. Limited spaces available; registration required. Click here to register.

  1. Welcome New Summerlee Initiative Member the Botanical Research Institute of Texas Library!

Thanks all the news for now!

Have a great week!