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AIU RACE Centre archive collections now available in Library Search and Spydus

30 Jun 2022

Archive records successfully migrated to Manchester Libraries’ Spydus platform

The Ahmed Iqbal Ullah RACE Centre’s archive collections have been successfully migrated to a new system. The implementation of the archives module within Spydus (the library management system used by Manchester Central Library where the AIU RACE Centre is located) for the Centre provides a robust solution for the cataloguing and management of their archive collection records.

A new dedicated page for the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah RACE Centre’s collections has also been created within the Manchester Libraries and Archives catalogue, allowing key resources to be highlighted and acting as a gateway to the centre’s specialist collections.

Additionally, the Library has also been able to enhance the quality of the AIU RACE Centre records available in our own Library Search. A new automated process has been developed which allows a monthly import from Spydus into Library Search, ensuring our own discovery platform also remains up to date with details of the RACE Centre’s library and archive collections, and with richer quality records.

This project was undertaken collaboratively by colleagues in Digital Services and the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah RACE Centre, with support and advice from colleagues in Digital Development, Discovery and Metadata, Manchester Libraries, and Civica (system vendor for Spydus).