ArcLight MVP work cycle completed

The ArcLight MVP project team has completed our eight-week work cycle to develop a minimum viable product to support discovery and delivery of archival materials using Blacklight, and have released ArcLight 0.1. More details, including a demo video and list of implemented features, follow below. The code for ArcLight, as well as documentation on how to get started can be found on GitHub.

High-level features completed this sprint include: 

  • Repositories and collections navigation
  • Searching: keyword and fielded searches; autocomplete; hit highlighting; facets; sorting; pagination
  • Default and compact search results
  • Collection-level and component-level detail views
  • Digital object linking and embedding using oEmbed and configurable viewers
  • Request management proof of concept integration

Future areas of work include:

  • Accessibility testing and user testing, and subsequent improvements
  • Further testing of indexing by the community
  • Full evaluation and refactoring of the indexing code
  • Determining integration requirements for indexing directly from ArchivesSpace
  • In-depth integration of request management systems (e.g. SUL Requests and Aeon)
  • A plan for Stanford-specific rollout and integration

Our demo video can be viewed below or on YouTube:


Please join me in extending thanks to each of the team members:

  • Product owner: M.A. Matienzo (Stanford)
  • Tech Lead: Jessie Keck (Stanford)
  • Developers: Darren Hardy (Stanford), Jessie Keck (Stanford), Gordon Leacock (University of Michigan), Jack Reed (Stanford), Camille Villa (Stanford)
  • UX Designers: Gary Geisler (Stanford), Jennifer Vine (Stanford)
  • DevOps Liaison: Erin Fahy (Stanford)
  • Management Liaisons: Tom Cramer (Stanford, DLSS Direct rep); Nabeela Jaffer (University of Michigan)

In addition, please extend your gratitude to our great stakeholder team for their participation in the work cycle:

  • Stanford University: Frank Ferko (Archive of Recorded Sound), Charles Fosselman (East Asia Library), Jenny Johnson (University Archives), Michelle Paquette (Special Collections), Sarah Patton (Hoover Institution Archives), Stu Snydman (DLSS), Laura Wilsey (DLSS)
  • University of Michigan: Tom Burton-West (Digital Library Platform and Services), Max Eckard (Bentley Historical Library), Roger Espinosa (Digital Library Platform and Services), Dallas Pillen (Bentley Historical Library), Chris Powell (Digital Library Platform and Services), Mike Shallcross (Bentley Historical Library)
  • Georgia Tech Library: Wendy Hagenmaier
  • National Library of Medicine: John Rees
  • Rockefeller Archives Center: Hillel Arnold, Patrick Galligan, Bonnie Gordon 

We encourage you to continue testing ArcLight, either in a local install or using the demo site (, and to ask us questions or report any bugs as they arise. We appreciate any and all feedback you might have on the work we’ve completed during this work cycle as it will inform the future direction of our work on ArcLight.