As part of my processing training, I have an EAD component that I
teach after I've had the staff processors review some basic readings
in archival arrangement and description, discuss the principles with
them, and show them examples of finding aids before they begin doing
the technical side of EAD markup. I think this approach is much
better, since EAD is based on the hierarchical principles of archival
collections. I've found that the processors understand EAD more
easily that way than beginning with the technical approach. I think
this approach will also work with those that have a digital library
specialization, because you can use EAD to link to digital objects at
My two cents' worth.
Burt Altman, CA
Archivist/Librarian, Special Collections Department
Florida State University Libraries
>What do those of you who teach EAD think about the need to learn
>arrangement principles before technical practices? Do you have a method
>you find effective in teaching EAD to communities who have different
>needs for it?
>Looking forward to an interesting discussion!
>Digital Library Program
>Indiana University - Bloomington
>Wells Library W501
>Inquiring Librarian blog: www.inquiringlibrarian.blogspot.com