Library staff volunteering in National Holocaust Centre and Museum

Library and Learning Resources have been working with the National Holocaust Centre to enhance the availability of their book, journal and testimony collection and methods of adding to it.

Recently Library and Learning Resources (LLR) have been working with the National Holocaust Centre to enhance the availability of their book, journal and testimony collection, and methods of adding to it. The collection had just been moved into a new location on the site, and one way to make it more valued was to publicise its existence to a wider community who could potentially visit, and also appreciate and engage with the other resources on offer there.

Although centre volunteers had over the years put some of the collection on to a desktop Library Management System, centre manager James Griffiths wanted it to be available online for potential researchers to be able to review the material obtainable, prior to any visit.

Initial scoping of the challenge by eSystems Team member David White estimated some 4000+ items that would need to be processed, and using the remit outlined by James Griffiths, the www.libib.com cloud-hosted cataloguing solution was chosen.

The service offers a publically available search interface using additional metadata from online catalogue enrichment services, as well as a back office function that allows customisation of the online interface, and administrative features such as reports, backup and exporting of data. This service is advertised as appropriate for management of library collections for schools and small-to-medium museum-type organisations. Additionally, tags and notes can be added to bibliographic records to enhance the collection's local metadata schema. The centre wanted to enhance a researcher's experience by allowing cross-searching for items within a particular area such as antisemitism, holocaust denial, memory, and pre-war Jewish life; and 90+ terms were used to do this.

Many of the NTU library staff volunteered for this assignment, and volunteers are a big part of the centre's life. At the converted farmhouse and gardens there are exhibitions, talks from survivors, memorial gardens, and collections, The Forever Project, and classrooms that house many school visits to the site, as well as a café that the centre's director generously made available to LLR staff.

The centre and museum, located in Nottinghamshire by the village of Laxton near Ollerton, are really worth a visit.

Library staff volunteering in National Holocaust Centre and Museum

Published on 7 November 2016
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