How do you define finding aid? All our processed collections have "EAD finding aids", but none of our unprocessed collections or institutional archives have "EAD finding aids" but do have "folder lists", and I consider those to be of the sort "finding aid". Some oral history 'collections' have "EAD finding aids" but single oral histories don't need one, but are cataloged.
I think it's a tough statistic to pin down without first defining what you are after.
John P. Rees, MA, MLIS
Curator, Archives and Modern Manuscripts
History of Medicine Division, MSC 3819
National Library of Medicine
8600 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20894
On Wed, 4 Feb 2009, Michele R Combs wrote:
> Thanks to those who have already responded with individual numbers.
> Given my time constraints, if anyone can point me to previous survey(s)
> that asked this question and have posted or published their tabulated
> results, that would be very helpful.
> FYI, in searching the list archives and online, I have found a few that
> come close but none that specifically ask "What % of your finding aids
> are currently in EAD?" (and perhaps "What % do you anticipate will be
> in EAD in 6 months?"). The recent Archivists Toolkit User Group survey
> f ) asked about EAD finding aids, but not in terms of numbers or
> percentages, just "most" "some" "a few" or "none" . Beth Yakel's 2004
> df looks at how many institutions have adopted EAD but doesn't delve
> into how many FAs they actually have encoded. Gina Minks' (U of Tulsa)
> survey from 2002 (http://www.amigos.org/files/2002_blueprint.pdf) asked
> what % of collections have MARC records and what % have FAs, but did not
> ask what % are in EAD form.
> ARL's recent (Nov 2008) "Manuscript collections on the web" (
> http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/spec307web.pdf ) surveyed ARL member
> institutions and reported 80% were doing something with EAD but the
> average number of manuscript collections with EAD-encoded FAs was 530,
> roughly 1/3 the average number of manuscript collections that have MARC
> records (1560). By comparison, 94% have SOME kind of finding aids
> online (HTML, PDF, Word, etc); the average number of collections
> represented online is 830.
> It appears that the % of FAs encoded in EAD across the board may be a
> gap in our knowledge. Food for thought :)
> Thanks --
> (be green - don't print this email!)
> Michele Combs
> Manuscripts Librarian
> Special Collections Research Center
> Syracuse University Libraries
> 222 Waverly Ave.
> Syracuse, NY 13244
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