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Hi all,

Previously on the EAD listserv, I submitted a query to those who were using, or had used, consultants or contractors to encode their finding aids in EAD, and if so, how much did it cost.  I got limited feedback, so I want to send out a related e-mail to those on the EAD and Archives listservs to see if I can get more response.  And, please do not confuse this with a job announcement.  It is merely for informational purposes from which we are hoping to get some feedback, and to clarify the intent of my previous e-mail.

In my institution, we are looking to possibly hire someone temporarily as an EAD consultant.  We are looking for someone to come in and analyze where we stand as far as archival description and whether our finding aids or registers comply with EAD standards.  This person would also need to be able to analyze our current (very basic) use of EAD, and determine how it needs to be altered to not only meet the basic EAD standards, but also comply with local or regional best practices.  The greatest task for this person would be to implement these new standards through training of staff and volunteers, many of whom have little technical expertise, especially in XML.  We would need someone who could adapt these standards at a very basic level, using whatever tools out there.

We are looking less for a vendor service to send our finding aids to, and more for a temporary contractural service with someone with a great deal of experience in implementing EAD.

My question is NOT who of you out there could do this.  My question is: Does anyone out there have experience hiring or working with someone in a similar situation?  If so, how much did they charge for such a service (ideally an hourly rate)?  Or, on a general note, can someone suggest where to go to find information on rates to charge for a temporary consultant doing any number of things in an archival setting?

We are just trying to get a ballpark figure to work into our budget, and I am needing this information by the end of the week.  So, if anyone out there can provide me with any information, it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,



Ryan K. Lee
Metadata Specialist
LDS Church History Dept.
50 E. North Temple Rm. 289E
Salt Lake City, UT 84150-3420
(801) 240-2173
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