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Table of Contents: 2022 SEPTEMBER–OCTOBER No. 448

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New Archival Collection Discovery Platform Coming Soon

New Archival Collection Discovery Platform Coming Soon. NLM Tech Bull. 2022 Sep-Oct;(448):e3.

2022 September 12 [posted]
On October 3, 2022, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) will introduce a new discovery platform for finding aids to its historical archival collections available at The platform is based on the open-source software ArchivesSpace. This new platform replaces the DLXS software first introduced in 2009.

ArchivesSpace is built on modern, cloud-based technology and will offer NLM users more intuitive searching of the archival collections as well as integrated access to digitized materials. The responsive layout better supports accessing content with small-screen devices such as mobile phones and tablets (see Figure 1). 
Figure 1: New finding aids platform homepage
                                                                               Figure 1: New finding aids platform homepage

ArchivesSpace includes these key features:

  • Keyword search across all finding aids descriptions or limit to just digital materials
  • Fielded search by Title, Creator, Subject, Notes, Identifier
  • Date limit searching
  • Advanced Boolean search
  • Browse by Collecting Area, Collections, Digital Materials, Subjects, Names
  • Enhanced search results facet filtering
  • Search within a finding aid

A Help page answers key questions for getting started.

We welcome your feedback. Please submit your comments, questions, or concerns to NLM Customer Support.

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