In response to Kelcy Shepherd's complaint about lack of response from the large institutions, and in addition to what Jackie Dooley said, here at the New York Public Library, the people responsible for setting up the consortium arrangements were generally not the people who were doing the encoding (the latter of which tend to be subscribed to this e-mail list). The people who set up arrangements tend to be administrative types. They set up joint projects between institutions, fill out budget projections, apply for grants, spend lots of times in meetings, etc. I can not imagine that they would spend time learning EAD, since that represents a tiny portion of their activities and responsibilities. Hence they would not be subscribed to this list. If I were you, I would first identify who has participated in cooperative projects. Perhaps RLG's page has some examples. Then I would look at the title pages of finding aids to see who was the <SPONSOR>, and then try to learn what was the mission of the institution and the sponsor. Then I would try to contact some of the people involved to find out more about what they did and how that might be applicable in your situation. Even in big institutions such as mine, the learning process of EAD can be frustrating. But once you establish a workflow that actually works, the results will be gratifying. Bob Kosovsky, Librarian Music Division -- The New York Public Library [log in to unmask] [log in to unmask] Listowner: [log in to unmask] ; [log in to unmask] My opinions do not necessarily represent those of my institutions.