AUC Members Present at SAA, August 2018

Archon Users Collaborative members Matt Gorzalski of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and Scott Schwartz of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), gave a short presentation on the work of the Archon Users Collaborative (AUC) at the Collection Management Tools (CMT) Section Meeting at the 2018 Society of American Archivists conference in Washington DC. Scott announced that after thorough testing, UIUC had decided not to implement ArchivesSpace, but the university remains supportive of the project. He then introduced the AUC with emphasis on Archon Day 2018. Matt summarized the AUC’s work in 2017-18, including the PHP code update to Archon 3.21-rev3, the survey of Archon users, and the events of Archon Days 2017 and 2018. He noted that although the survey revealed strong support for maintaining Archon as a viable CMT, there was a 50-50 split of institutions willing to contribute the time and money to do so. Matt stated that the AUC felt comfortable using the current…

Report on Archon Day 2018

Archon Day was held at Denison University again this year, convened and hosted by archivist Sasha Griffin, on June 29, 2018. The group comprised 10 participants from institutions in Illinois, Minnesota, Kansas, and Ohio (see list of attendees at end). Meeting participants thanked Sasha Griffin for her service as leader for the last several years. She announced that she must step down from her time-consuming role. We agreed to work in teams to share future work.

Meeting Purpose

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the future viability of Archon, the availability of alternative finding aid database software; their utility for Archon users in particular; and the Archon Users Collaborative future work in three to five years.

Review of the Update and Archon Users Survey

The group reviewed the results of a survey of Archon users and discussed the probable existence of other Archon users, particularly in foreign countries. We discussed our own satisfaction with the updated Archon in PHP 5.…

Archon Day: Registration deadline is May 1

Just a reminder that the Archon Day registration deadline is only a week away! Learn more about the details here: or email me if you have any questions at <>.

Hope to see you in Granville this summer!

New site:!

I've been trying to figure out a way to streamline our communication methods and the best way seems to be using a blog-type site. So, this is our new site!  The old site now has directions guiding people to this new site. The List of Archon Users is still the same link and lists the same institutions as the old site. The best feature of the new site is that you can subscribe to the news updates via email. Because of this, I will no longer be sending updates by email. Please subscribe to updatesto ensure that the latest updates will arrive in your email box. 

Archon Day 2018

You're invited to Archon Day 2018! 
 The Archon Users Collaborative will be meeting at Denison University on June 29, 2018. Registration is now open: Register now! We will be discussing a number of topics in order to continue to anticipate users' needs and drive some forward movement on the future of Archon. All Archon users and interested parties are welcome to attend. Archon Day will be formatted as an unconference and the topics for discussion will be broadly formulated by the participants who are attending. For more information, visit:

Updates: March 2018

Archon Day Save the date for June 29, 2018 at Denison University! More details to come about accommodations, programming, etc. If you have any suggestions for what you'd like to see or topics you'd like to cover, send them my way.

Communication There are a few more names on our mailing list. Does anyone have any suggestions on a better way
for us to communicate/spread news rather than 50 emails in the To: field? Unfortunately the site we built in Google Sites doesn't allow for a blog with RSS/Subscription type features. I would love any suggestions or thoughts you have on this, on- or off- list. I was wondering if Constant Contact or something would be helpful, but personally I know my Google Mail tends to filter those types of things into a "Forums" or "Updates" type mail box and it skips my inbox... I was also thinking Google Groups, but not all work institutions and/or Google Apps institutions have access to that and it can restrict people on which…