I'm glad to see this discussion on the list! In our paper, this barrier
is identified as "Let me just tidy this up first" and I think this is a
big issue for many institutions because until you get around to doing
something, the researchers have nothing and the collections are hidden.
I can't speak to your particular circumstances, but even putting what
you have up in PDF or HTML might be better than nothing. 


I like the comparison between class notes and a nice outline!





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Subject: Re: New Paper from OCLC Research and the RLG Partnership on EAD


I think the biggest barrier, in small-staffed shops, is that the finding
aids need to be in fairly good shape to be entered into EAD.   We found
that many of our older collections have very incomplete or partial
finding aids while we stumbled on others that had nothing but just a
list of boxes.   All of these went into our
need-to-be-reprocessed-and-a-new-finding-aid-created pile ... and given
the staffing and demand here, I am not exuberant about that happening.
We do have most of our finding aids typed into electronic form and can
search and read them (e.g. think of the difference between class notes
and nicely-prepared outlines).




On Tue, Mar 2, 2010 at 10:26 AM, LESLIE WILLIS <[log in to unmask]>



Many of my colleagues are curious as to what folks see as the greatest
single barrier here to generating more EAD finding aids than have been
done to-date? By done - meaning either done originally for EAD or done
some time ago as "traditional" finding aids that were then later redone
into EAD....  Is it staffing & time, or is it a need for more training
to use templates and other tools, or is the biggest barrier that we
collectively have not settled into a use of an EAD generating (and MARC
exporting) system or tool like Archon or Archivists' Toolkit?  Let me
know your thoughts.


Thanx, Leslie

On Mon, Mar 1, 2010 at 6:02 PM, Proffitt,Merrilee <[log in to unmask]>

I'm pleased to announce the release of a new report from OCLC Research
and the RLG Partnership:


Over, Under, Around, and Through: Getting Around Barriers to EAD


This report
(.pdf) frames obstacles that archivists have experienced adopting
Encoded Archival Description. It also suggests pathways to help you get
out of the ruts, around the roadblocks, and on the road to success. The
objective of the report is to communicate EAD's value as a key element
of successful archival information systems and help you overcome
potential barriers to its implementation. This work is an output of the
Barriers to Using EAD
<>  project
undertaken by OCLC Research and the RLG Partnership.


If you are a member of the RLG Partnership
<> , we will be
holding a webinar on Thursday March 4th from 4-5 EST. Please contact me
off list for details. I'll pass along a link to the webinar for general
consumption after the fact. 







Merrilee Proffitt, Senior Program Officer

OCLC Research

777 Mariners Island Blvd Suite 550

Mountain View, CA 94404 USA



Merrilee blogs at <> 

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Leslie Willis-Lowry
Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection
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Dean DeBolt, University Librarian
Special Collections
University of West Florida Library
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