As a digital collections department, we are stuck between a rock and a hard place in trying to standardize this. I'm seeing many digital/metadata heavy groups going away from the punctuation in metadata for digital objects (perhaps planning to allow for systems to control that still) and then EAD implementors creating finding aids with the punctuation. I surveyed a few institutions that came to mind. I mostly see the punctuation kept. However, with something like DPLA, there is no end punctuation. I'm creating metadata and finding aids for both areas, but describing the same material, as in, a finding aid of correspondence with punctuated controlled headings and then a digital collection of the same correspondence with DC metadata with non-punctuated headings.
We plan to implement ArchivesSpace and we don't really know an automated way to switch back and forth between formatting choices like this conveniently, so it would be great to go with something and stick with it. Right now, in our AT, we use end punctuation. I guess what matters is that we CAN include the punctuation at our institution if we want to and export/share our EAD that can easily be altered through stylesheets if a system we shared with opted against them. I still have a hard time grasping using the same headings in two different places at our own institution and including punctuation in one and not the other--with no real strong reason of why on either--while at the same time having no qualms with the fact that our library catalog obviously uses it and is where the argument begins. If someone can show me some examples of what they do and why, or why we shouldn't care about a small formatting issue that could also span across other fields too, I would appreciate it greatly. MARC 245 also uses end punctuation, but EAD finding aid titles do not? Is this a parallel issue that would show why punctuation doesn't matter?
These finding aid/EAC/EAD examples/best practices say do include/instruct to use periods
OAC Practices - page 13: http://www.cdlib.org/services/access_publishing/dsc/tools/docs/EAD_Web_Templates.pdf
Northwest Digital Archives Best Practice Guidelines
Page 25 – their systems adds it in for them, so they don’t put it in manually
DACS 2nd Edition says to follow AACR2 or RDA, but then the examples don't actually use any end punctuation.
PAGE 32--General Rules
2.6.4 Record the name(s) of the creator(s) identified in the name element in the devised
title of the materials using standardized vocabularies (e.g., Library of Congress
Authorities) or with rules for formulating standardized names, such as those found in
AACR2, ISAAR(CPF), or RDA.
Hamilton, Alexander, 1757-1804
Title: Alexander Hamilton papers
Title: Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin papers
Richardson, James Burchell
Title: James Burchell Richardson family papers
Title: Schramm family papers
Wharton, Edith, 1862-1937
Fullerton, William Morton, b. 1865
Title: Edith Wharton correspondence with Morton Fullerton
Title: Bollingen Foundation records
United States. Bureau of Insular Affairs
Title: United States Bureau of Insular Affairs records
University of California (System). Regents.
Title: Land agreements between the University of California
and the Irvine Company
Finally, the names of these entities must be rendered in a standardized form using
standardized vocabularies (e.g., Library of Congress Authorities) or with rules for
formulating standardized names such as those found in AACR2, ISAAR(CPF), or
RDA to facilitate the retrieval of information across descriptions, systems, and
And FINALLY, EAD3 Gamma has an example on page 243 of a subject heading encoded and DOES include end punctuation.
ArchivesSpace members (examples of current EAD examples):
no end punctuation
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University of South Carolina Libraries
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