Thank you to those on the EAD list that sent me links to information on
EAD assessment studies. I have not yet had a chance to digest it all
but will do so in the next few days.
Indeed, I am an EAD critic/skeptic. However, I am also open minded,
willing to learn, and will be implementing an EAD project through an
NHPRC grant (hence, my sudden membership on the EAD list). I hope you
all will accept my queries as a useful challenge to your support of EAD.
As we all know, uncritical acceptance of orthodoxy is not a good thing
in any profession.
When one considers the great amount of money spent (at the expense of
other very pressing needs in our profession) and the very, very, lofty
claims made by EAD proponents, I believe the skeptics (and the have
nots) among us are quite justified in demanding a certain level of
accountability. I am hopeful that the information recently sent to me
will demonstrate that users, as well as archivists, are experiencing a
significant improvement in their access to archival collections through
the use of EAD. Furthermore, I just learned that the NHPRC has approved
a project at the University of Michigan that will assess the efficacy of
all archival descriptive methods, including EAD. Perhaps their findings
will put to rest the controversy over EAD's effectiveness.
Marcus C. Robyns, CA
Associate Professor / University Archivist
Northern Michigan University
1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette, MI 49855
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