Hello Patrick,

We have one small collection described in EAD but other than stating matrix numbers and trying to note how the item was released, it's pretty straightforward. If I had the time I would probably make MARC records, too.

If I had been able to make MARC records I would have done that first then exported all the records in XML and used a stylesheet to convert to EAD. In this case I probably made a database in Access and exported as XML and converted using a stylesheet.

It's a challenge finding best practices or even most common practices for anything like this, isn't it?

John Bewley, Ph.D.
Associate Librarian/Archivist
Music Library
University at Buffalo
716 645 0614

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Subject: [ARSCLIST] Best Practice for describing Test Pressings and Radio Transcriptions

Hi all,

Apologies for redundancies, I just wanted to get the most eyes on this question.

I've been looking at various archives and libraries to get a sense to how people are describing test pressings (and radio broadcast transcriptions). We currently have some in our Finding Aids, but as we look to start describing some other collections I wanted to poll the crowd. How do you describe these things: MARC and AARC2/RDA or EAD in finding aids? How was this decision made and what went into your choice to use one method over the other?


Patrick J Midtlyng
Sound Archivist, Belfer Audio Archive
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries
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