It seems to me that the trick here is to explain to the user why they
want to link out to the catalog record. If you want to point to another
description of the records, then <otherfindaid> would make sense as Bill
Landis suggests. If what you want to convey is the location of the
material, then <physloc>, information on where the stuff is, seems to make
But you do need to offer an explanation as well as generate the link.
Maybe something like this.
<extref href="url of the catalog record">Information on the location of
these materials may be found in the catalog record for the
Then you need a stylesheet that converts this into the following HTML.
<a href="url of the catalog record">Information on the location of these
materials may be found in the catalog record for the
From: Aaron Dietz [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Thursday, December 18, 2003 9:48 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Greetings,
Thank you all for your input thus far.
The main reason for providing a link to the catalog record is to give
users the location of the collection (which branch of the library, and
which area of that branch).
>>> [log in to unmask] 12/17/2003 3:51:31 PM >>>
Your situation is unusual, in that most institutions would likely link
the catalog record to the encoded finding aid. For that, you should
a link in your MARC 856 field. The Application Guidelines are useful
describing that linking. Look under "Catalog records" in the index.
From within the marked document, a <note> placed strategically
probably your best bet. Elements like <altformavail> <physloc>, etc.
not appropriate for the use you describe, as these elements deal with
physical objects or digital surrogates, not catalog records.
Nesting it within <controlaccess> might be a sensible option. You are
providing detailed markup of controlled vocabulary subject and name
there already. A link to the catalog record might "fit." <note> is a
flexible element and is valid within <controlaccess>.
San Jose State University
School of Library and Information Science
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192
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On 12/16/03 10:20 AM, "Aaron Dietz" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Our Library is putting Finding Aids on the Web. We're including a
> to the online catalog record of the collection each finding aid is
> We aren't sure of the best place to put this reference and I didn't
> any similar examples on EAD sites.
> Here's one option we have considered:
> <archdesc level="collection" type="register">
> <unittitle>COLLECTION NAME</unittitle>
> <physloc>Click here for the catalog record and location
> information:<extptr href="http://link_to_catalog_record"/></physloc>
> All suggestions and help are appreciated.
> Aaron Dietz
> Denver Public Library