Medical Center Archives has "innovated" with our Foundations of Excellence 
archival image project  at
In a nutshell, we created c02 files for individual images, placed them 
within a larger c01 shell for each collection theme, and pulled the whole 
thing together in a project website. We re-used the metadata in the c02s 
to power searching, "canned" search browsing, and subject browsing. 
Finally, this project drove us to develop sets of controlled access terms 
and their encoding analogs to describe common themes in the project and 
encode more quickly. 
On the grand scale, this whole project is an exercise in scope and 
content.... but it feels more like a project than a finding aid. What do 
you think? Appropriate for this venue?

We also have an oral history finding aid with a pdf transcript included. 
See:    We used TEI for 
the transcript and EAD for the finding aid...


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        Subject:        Finding Aids Fair, final call

This is the final call for finding aids for the finding aids fair!

Due to travel and preparation logistics, the last day to submit 
about an innovative use of finding aid narratives for the finding aids 
has been moved up to August 8th. Please think about contributing to the
finding aids fair in order to provide as much variety and information and
make this a successful fair. Full finding aids are not needed: Brief
descriptions of the "innovation" and URLs to online versions (or contact
information if someone wants to contact you for a hard copy if there is no
online version) is all you need to provide to have your finding aid
represented. These descriptions will be compiled and distributed in both
hardcopy and via a website.

Please note that while the title of the fair this year is "Celebrating
Scope and Content," the focus is really on the narrative portions of
finding aids, and should not be limited to the actual scope and content
portion of your finding aid. Have you done a glossary or interesting use 
chronology? How about a publications list or genealogical discussion that
enhances the use of the finding aid for the patron?

Please take a few moments to look around your repository's finding aids 
consider submitting something to the finding aids fair!

And don't forget to stop by the Fair in the Exhibition Hall on Friday,
August 19, from 7:30 - 4:00 pm to see what your colleagues have come up

Finding Aids Fair 2005
Celebrating Scope and Content: Innovative Uses of Narratives in Finding

Join us in New Orleans for the annual Description Section Finding Aids
Fair, "Celebrating Scope and Content: Innovative Uses of Narratives in
Finding Aids." The Finding Aids Fair will be open in the Exhibition Hall
Friday August 19, from 7:30 am – 4:00 pm. Members of the Description
Section will be available at the Fair periodically throughout the day.

This year's theme focuses on the narrative portions of the finding aid.
These narrative portions come in a variety of shapes and sizes, crafted to
assist users in understanding the contents of a collection. Archivists 
used the narrative to tell the story of the materials, to highlight the
collection’s significance, and to create tools that assist users in
assessing relevance and enhancing their interaction with the materials

To submit entries, please contact:
Kathy Wisser
Vice Chair, Description Section
NC ECHO Metadata Coordinator
Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library
Duke University
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Katherine M. Wisser
NC ECHO Metadata Coordinator
Duke University
Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library
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