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The FIU Libraries Special Collections and Cataloging departments are immersed in a project to make primary source materials more accessible to the South Florida community and internationally. This presentation will demonstrate how archivists and catalogers worked collaboratively to provide access by leveraging traditional approaches and new tools to increase discoverability in Finding Aids and the library catalog.

Throughout the years, the archives at FIU Libraries has collected historical records that represent the history of the Hispanic community in Miami. Although Miami is known as having a large Hispanic community, the discovery of collection material represents a challenge for non-English speakers which has led to the under use of collection materials. The archivists and catalogers have identified language as one of the barriers in locating materials in the Finding Aids. As part of the FIU Libraries larger initiative to provide equitable access to our collections, the Special Collections and Cataloging departments have decided to enhance access to collections using the original language of the community documented in addition to English. We will discuss our processes working with specific collections to provide bi-language description, multiple points of access, and full text transcription.



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