Hi Michele,

Thanks. Yes, the more I have thought about it, the more I think that <physloc> is right, although its not a case of the physical custodian not providing intellectual access, but the intellection/physical custodian having two addresses.  

Even if other contributors to the Hub might use <physloc> for the shelf number, I don't think it would be a problem for us to have a heading of "Physical Location" where for some repositories the information might be something like: shelfmark B.12 and for others it might be: University Library: X branch. As <physloc> is quite wide ranging in what it can contain, this is an inevitable result. 

I'm not sure it is totally ideal, as I think they'd rather lay it on a bit more: "To access this archive you need to come to X location". But it does at least give the location.

I do quite like the idea of the use of the stylesheet, but it is a bit more complicated to implement.


On 28 Jan 2011, at 15:08, MicheleR wrote:

> On 1/28/2011 6:48 AM, Jane Stevenson wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> The Archives Hub has a contributor who wants to include the location
>> of the reading room in the EAD descriptions. This is because they
>> have two separate sites, with some archives at one and some at another,
>> but they are both part of the same repository. I don't think there is
>> anything within EAD that answers this type of need.
> According to the Tag Library's description of Repository, "When it is clear that the physical custodian does not provide intellectual access, use <physloc> to identify the custodian and <repository> to designate the intellectual caretaker."  So I think physloc would be an appropriate choice.
> The description of physloc says, "Information identifying the place where the described materials are stored, such as the *name or number of the building*, room, stack, shelf, or other tangible area."  That sounds like exactly what they're looking for.  It can go in any <did> so it could be used at the highest level.
>> Could you add some kind of identifier for each reading room and then
>> let use the stylesheet to display the different locations?
> That would work too -- the plus here being if the address or name ever changes, a change to the style sheet will update all the finding aids.
> Michele