We are doing both, and using Fedora to do so.

By visiting our digital collections web page, you can get access to both 
finding aids and digital images/texts.

They are all located in our Fedora repository.  So, a keyword search for 
something like "Civil War" would give you hits of manuscripts, films, 
finding aids, etc.

We have only recently started adding links from our finding aids to our 
digital collections, for example:

At the folder level (scroll down to the box list):

At the item level (scroll down to the box list):

We're playing around with folder views, to see if we can live with it. 
We are not using the proper <dao> to link to these at present; rather we 
are using <extref>, simply because right now we have no one to help get 
all of that into the style sheet. But we're being consistent and 
hopefully that will work out later on.

Strengths of Fedora? Open source, flexible, the metadata we chose to use 
allows for this type of cross-searchability, and potentially so much 
more that we probably haven't even imagined.

Weaknesses of Fedora? Open source, therefore, requires 
programmer/technical assistance for development.

But overall, my own personal feeling is that as many ways as we can make 
our finding aids and digital images available, the better. We're still 
in what I would call the experimentation phase.  The few Humanities 
scholars who I have talked with seem to really like this basic finding 
aid/link to a folder set up, because it recreates the reading room 
experience for them.  (This is anecdotal).  However, I am not sure that 
an archives novice would have the same reaction.  Hence the multiple 
access points.


Jennie Levine Knies
Manager, Digital Collections
2216 Hornbake Library
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
(301)314-2558 TEL (301)314-2709 FAX
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Max Evans wrote, On 3/1/2010 4:00 PM:
> Dear Colleagues,
> I'm looking for help from the EAD community.
> Are any of you delivering both EAD finding aids and digital images of 
> collection content? If so, can you let me know what, if any, digital 
> asset management system you are using? If you have any thoughts about 
> the strengths and weaknesses of each, I would appreciate those, also.
> Thanks,
> Max J. Evans
> LDS Church History Department
> 801-240-8538