We did something similar to what Amanda describes, still somewhat




Check the Contents tab in the item view:




Joseph Greene

Systems Librarian

James Joyce Library

University College Dublin

Belfield, Dublin 4


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Harlan, Amanda
Sent: 28 April 2008 13:49
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Subject: Re: EAD and audio tracks




I'm working on an audio collection of gospel music at Baylor University
called the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project.  When selecting
descriptive metadata schemas to describe each album all the way down to the
track level I looked at EAD, MODS, DC, MARCXML, etc.  I decided to go with
MODS, because it gave me the most flexibility in terms of hierarchy in
describing the albums and then describing the tracks.  I found that EAD did
not give me this type of freedom in describing albums at the item level then
track level.  Also there was the concern of interoperability within an EAD
document.  There were other issues also, but I am using EAD for the
collection level description because it is the best by far in terms of
describing a collection as a whole.  Hope this helps! :-)


Amanda Harlan

Metatdata Librarian

Baylor University Libraries
One Bear Place, #97148
Waco, TX 76798


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Creighton Barrett
Sent: Sunday, April 27, 2008 3:42 PM
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Subject: EAD and audio tracks


Hello all,

Can anyone provide examples of EAD-based finding aids and/or catalogs that
offer highly detailed item-level descriptions?  Audiovisual collections
would be especially useful.  Is anyone using EAD to, for example, describe
(rather than simply list) the tracks on an individual audio reel?  How about
including multiple accession numbers related to a track?  

I'm working with a collection of folk songs that really needs to be
described at the 'track level.'  Each recording has been duplicated several
times and has a great deal of accompanying documentation (i.e. lots of
contextual information).  There are also duplicates at several different
institutions.  This means that each individual recording (originally on
acetate discs) is now in possession of a unique set of accession numbers and
describing the collection even at the item-level (the reels and cassettes)
is ineffective.  I know this could be done with a database of some sort, but
the collection also needs a finding aid.  Would it be best to just build a
database and then construct an XML finding aid using data from the database?
Has anyone done this sort of thing?  At what point is there too much
information in a finding aid?  

I know I've asked a lot, but I'd appreciate any feedback.  


Creighton Barrett
MLIS Candidate (2009)
School of Information Management
Dalhousie University