While I was processing an audio collection, I asked the listserv if there is
an EAD to MODS crosswalk. No one replied. The reason I asked was exactly
because of this item level description so important for items such as unique
audio recordings. In the end, I encoded the finding aid using EAD, without
getting into specific tracks (you can check it out at: I would agree with Amanda that
implementing MODS would be a much more streamlined process in
cataloging/processing/describing individual tracks on a digital/analog sound
carrier. If you use EAD, you might consider using a <c0> wrapper with item
level for each track and then a <scopecontent> nested within your <c0> to
further contextualize the recording or its representation.

I would like to see a related encoding between MODS and EAD if that is
possible. Don't know if it would be redundant given MARC 21 and DC are
already part and parcel, but it would give EAD an added functionality,
especially as MODS is utilized readily in the digital and hybrid

I would assume that

On Mon, Apr 28, 2008 at 8:48 AM, Harlan, Amanda <[log in to unmask]>

>  Hello,
> 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! J
> Amanda Harlan
> Metatdata Librarian
> Baylor University Libraries
> One Bear Place, #97148
> Waco, TX 76798
> 254-710-7453
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> *From:* Encoded Archival Description List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] *On Behalf
> Of *Creighton Barrett
> *Sent:* Sunday, April 27, 2008 3:42 PM
> *To:* [log in to unmask]
> *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.
> Thanks,
> Creighton Barrett
> MLIS Candidate (2009)
> School of Information Management
> Dalhousie University

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