I don't create links because that would be one more link to monitor,
particularly if I'm referencing collections that exist elsewhere. 

Jordon Steele
Biddle Law Library
University of Pennsylvania Law School
(215) 898-5011

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Sent: Wednesday, July 18, 2007 9:55 AM
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Subject: Related material links in EAD finding aids

I'm curious about implementations of the EAD <relatedmaterial> element
(cross-posted to both EAD and Archives and Archivists listservs):

1) If you are routinely using this to point users to related
collections, are you making these items links or plain text?

2) If you are making them links (extrefs), are you a) inserting the link
at the time of tagging, even if the target related finding aid is not
yet done, or b) leaving it plain text and going back later to insert the
link when the target related finding aid is done?  

2a) If the former, for related finding aids that are not yet in EAD are
you linking to a temporary target (for example to a placeholder "This
finding aid is not yet electronic" message) or are you putting in the
correct href for the future finding aid (thus creating a temporarily
dead link)?

2b) If the latter, how are you tracking them so you know to go back
later and insert the link?

Thanks -

Michele C.

Michele R. Combs
Librarian for Manuscripts and Archives Processing Special Collections
Research Center Syracuse University Library
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244
(315) 443-9758