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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).

Dean



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

> Greetings...
>
> 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]>wrote:
>
>>  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
>> Implementation
>>
>>
>>
>> This report<http://www.oclc.org/research/publications/library/2010/2010-04.pdf>(.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 <http://www.oclc.org/research/activities/eadtools/default.htm>project undertaken by OCLC Research and the RLG Partnership.
>>
>>
>>
>> If you are a member of the RLG Partnership<http://www.oclc.org/research/partnership/roster.htm>,
>> 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.
>>
>>
>>
>> Best,
>>
>>
>>
>> Merrilee
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Merrilee Proffitt, Senior Program Officer
>>
>> OCLC Research
>>
>> 777 Mariners Island Blvd Suite 550
>>
>> Mountain View, CA 94404 USA
>>
>> +1-650-287-2136
>>
>>
>>
>> Merrilee blogs at hangingtogether.org
>>
>> Follow me on Twitter @merrileeiam
>>
>>
>>
>
>
>
> --
> Leslie Willis-Lowry
> Archivist
> Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection
> 1st Floor, Sullivan Hall
> 1330 West Berks Mall (007-00)
> Philadelphia, PA  19122
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> fax -- 215-204-5197
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> http://library.temple.edu/blockson
>
>


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