Building an integrated collections management system at the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre

Caitlin Donaldson, Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, Canada

The staff of the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre (VHEC) will demonstrate the results and a case study of their multi-year project to develop an innovative open source collections management system. The VHEC has collaborated across museum, library and archives disciplines to put forward the best practices of each and break down barriers of existing information paradigms. Their user-centered design approach prioritized the needs of their educational mandate and community. By broadening the contextual capacities of archives and leveraging the culture of open access in libraries within an integrated, relational database, the VHEC is an innovator in collections management for small cultural institutions.

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