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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 6,100 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 10 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.


Website Update

UPDATE: This has been postponed a couple of weeks. Most pages (and bookmarks) will not be affected when that time comes, though we always welcome feedback if something breaks or is particularly hard to find.

The website at http://archives.utah.gov will be moving to a new server on December 1, 2012. Please be patient as we find and fix any broken links and finish moving content over the next few days.

If you are unable to find some information on researching at the Utah State Archives, please feel free to contact the Research Center for some help, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The phone number is (801) 533-3535 or you may use email.


2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meterâ„¢ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 6,300 times in 2010. That’s about 15 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 36 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 81 posts. There were 15 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 9mb. That’s about a picture per month.

The busiest day of the year was October 20th with 305 views. The most popular post that day was Top Baby Names in Utah 1905 Edition.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were archives.utah.gov, archives.state.ut.us, parentdish.com, utah.gov, and utcourts.gov.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for digital audio workstation, utah administrative code, utah digital archives, book spine, and archives.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Top Baby Names in Utah 1905 Edition October 2010

2

Marriage Records Research Guide updated February 2010

3

Birth and Death Research Guides Updated August 2010
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4

Earliest Utah Birth Certificates Free Online December 2010

5

Court Record Guides Updated June 2010


Legislative records updates

A series inventory for the House of Representatives’ Floor debate recordings is now available. Topics discussed in the recordings include proposed legislation, votes on legislation, testimony or comments on legislation, resolutions, and all other business conducted on the floor of the House. The container list is organized into a list of legislative days that correspond to the House Journals. The Utah State Archives is able to create reference copy CDs for 1957-1982 in addition to the CDs already created for 1983-1989.

Both the Legislative History Records and Legislative Intent research guides have been updated both for newer holdings information, and to reflect a more standard display of information.


Finding Aids and Catalog

Updates have been made for a couple of different access methods to information about Utah State Archives records available for research.

For the first time since beginning to use an online catalog powered by Horizon (SirsiDynix), we did a complete update of catalog records which yielded at least 200 new record series not previously found in the catalog. To be included in the catalog, a series needs to be considered permanent (i.e. historical) and have holdings available from the Archives. These holdings could be original paper, microfilm, or both (electronic formats have not generally made their way into the permanent collections–yet).

One of the major updates found in the catalog record are links to series inventories or finding aids. This is because of the new web site with a different URL. As part of the grant-funded project to update finding aids to the latest EAD (Encoded Archival Description) format, we took the opportunity to review the content of all finding aids before creating new documents to put online. We are also making some inventories available online for the first time which were previously only in the research center as paper temporary lists. While there are still some to finish reviewing and publishing, over 1,100 are now online.

All series inventories are also simultaneously available in the Mountain West Digital Library EAD Statewide Index (that’s the grant project). This is an exciting result of almost two years of work with thousands of finding aids from the largest repositories of historical archival collections in Utah all in one place.


Utah Archives Month

The Utah Archives Month website is now updated at www.utaharchivesmonth.org. Events from Utah repositories for October 2008 are not completely posted yet, but should be soon.


Working out the kinks and finding aids

Moving and/or creating a new website is never easy. Hopefully online visitors are not getting too lost (if at all) on the new Archives & Records Service site. A lot of the content is full-circle in that it has not really changed since implementing a content management system in 2005 (which unfortunately had a bad habit of using long confusing URLs). Even the research section–found at historyresearch.utah.gov for the most part over the last 3 1/2 years–is returning largely intact, though instead of archives.utah.gov/referenc/ it is archives.utah.gov/research/.

The remaining missing element for researching Archives materials online are the finding aids. With an 18-month-long statewide grant-funded project wrapping up to upgrade and improve all our inventory finding aids, we are waiting to unveil them all at once. Hopefully by the end of the month! In the meantime, many apologies for any potentially confusing misdirections. We have implemented a temporary redirect to take any links beginning with archives.utah.gov/research/inventories to historyresearch.utah.gov/inventories. This, however, will not help links to new inventories which, when we finish, could number close to 800 (added to 900 existing). These are from offline “temporary lists” of often small record series with simple descriptions and maybe a basic box list. Even if we never get these “finished,” at least this much information will soon be online.

Discovered today: someone is “tweating” us on Twitter from Utah.gov!


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