TARO August 2022 News and Notes

Good Afternoon TARO folks!

Happy first day/week back to school. I cannot believe it is nearly time for fall, but I am totally ready for cooler weather, and all things pumpkin flavored. The Steering and subcommittees are working on updating TARO Today, turning it into your one-stop source for TARO related resources; a new three-year TARO strategic plan; and additional educational resources and trainings for the upcoming year. During the Society of American Archivists virtual/hybrid annual meeting, I presented on our work with the site redesign, testing, and future during the Technical Subcommittee-Encoded Archival Standards meeting, and during the Research Forum. It was wonderful to “see” hundreds of folks during those session, and there was a great response to the work we have all put into TARO. If you missed the moderated panel and discussion on encoded archival standards in the context of aggregators of archival description (e.g., Archives Portal Europe, Online Archive of California, Archives Hub, ArchiveGrid, NAFAN), you can now view the recording.

In other TARO news:

July statistics are now available and can be viewed/downloaded from our Wiki page

TARO2.0 Update

The Valkyrie Squad deployed some new TARO features at the end of July. If you missed their announcement, here is a recap of the TARO2.0 updates:

Improved phrase search functionality – When quotation marks are added around search terms/ phrases in the full text search, the list of results will be more precise;

Advanced Search Subject search boxes – The Advanced Search screen will include separate Subject search boxes for: Topic; Person; Organization.

Additional Filter Options – Filters/facets have been added for the above subjects in the search results.

Compressed inventory display – white space around inventory elements has been reduced, greatly reducing the amount of scrolling involved in scanning long finding aid inventories

Canonical header – as a next step in our ongoing efforts to improve indexing of the finding aids in search engines, a header is now being inserted designating the “canonical” URL of each finding aid

The team is working to address some known issues and are continuing to work on some additional updates to the website. Stay tuned to the list for more announcements from the Dev team.

TARO Elections 2022

We are looking for a few good folks to fill slots on the TARO Steering committee this fall. If you are interested in shaping the future of TARO, collaborating with your colleagues across the state, and leading TARO2 post 2022, then consider nominating yourself or your colleague (Just ask them first!)

Open positions for this year’s election include:

    • Vice-Chair/Chair Elect
    • Member at Large
    • Secretary

Nominations will be called for in September and the election will take place this November. Terms begin January 1, 2023.

That is all the news for now.

Happy new semester to everyone!