Five facts about this week’s ArchiveGrid index update

This week the ArchiveGrid index of archival collection descriptions was updated, reflecting additions by new and current contributors and small changes to the interface which we hope will improve user experience.

1. It’s just in time for SAA Annual Meeting, where ArchiveGrid will be on exhibit Thursday afternoon, Aug. 15, and all day Friday, Aug. 16, during the conference. Try out a search, learn about new developments happening in connection with OCLC Research (click here for other OCLC Research staff activity at SAA), and get to know the people who make ArchiveGrid happen.

2. Speaking of SAA: After we were featured last year for the first time on the SAA Description Expo website, we’re featured again this year.

3. Our index grew since our May update to 1.9 million finding aids and collection descriptions. Read more about that and how we build the index on our About ArchiveGrid page.

4. A search for New Orleans retrieved 13,186 records. This one at Tulane University, for the Hermann Bacher Deutsch papers, 1827-1970, has items worth reading for knowledge on what foods to try while in New Orleans, where to go, and what to know about the city’s culture. Deutsch was a Chicago journalist who moved to New Orleans and worked for the Times-Picayune newspaper. According to the finding aid’s scope and content note, “His writing primarily concerned Louisiana topics, particularly New Orleans culture and cuisine.”

5. A link to follow us on Google+ is now on the ArchiveGrid homepage, adding to the other social features such as the display window for #archivegrid Twitter activity.