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 Archon code for up to 2 additional years, and that some Archon Day 2018 participants are working on moving to a new CMT. He concluded by publicizing the AUC blogspot.