The Online Archive of California (OAC) has enhanced “Especially forArchivists,” an information resource available at [http://www.oac.cdlib.org/about/forarchivists.html]

This site provides information and “building blocks” for OAC Contributing Members to assist with creating EAD encoded finding aids and digital content for publication in the OAC.  The resource also provides information about OAC polices including collection development, members benefits, and copyright.

New enhancements include:

1) OAC Best Practice Guidelines for Digital Objects (OAC BPGDO) Version 1.0 [http://www.oac.cdlib.org/oac-bpgdo/OAC-BPGDO-md1a.html] . Developed by the OAC Working Group, the OAC BPGDO states functional requirements and standards to be used by organizations and individuals planning to contribute digital objects to the OAC.

2) Guidelines for applying to become a new contributing member of the OAC [http://www.oac.cdlib.org/join/]

3) Selected Online Resources for Digital Objects [http://www.oac.cdlib.org/dig/] This section includes information on managing digital projects, selecting materials for digitization, copyright issues, a range of available metadata and encoding standards, digital object management tools, and courses and training available to develop and implement digital projects.