Medical Center Archives has "innovated"
with our Foundations of Excellence archival image project at http://archives.mc.duke.edu/foundations/index.htm.
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: http://archives.mc.duke.edu/mcaoralbrodie1_html
We used TEI for the transcript and EAD for the finding aid...
This is the final call for finding aids for the finding aids fair!
Due to travel and preparation logistics, the last day to submit information
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
information if someone wants to contact you for a hard copy if there is
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
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
Finding Aids." The Finding Aids Fair will be open in the Exhibition
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
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:
Vice Chair, Description Section
NC ECHO Metadata Coordinator
Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library
Duke University [log in to unmask]
Katherine M. Wisser
NC ECHO Metadata Coordinator
Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library [log in to unmask]