1st Edition

Encoded Archival Description on the Internet

By Wendy Duff, Daniel V Pitti Copyright 2002
    241 Pages
    by CRC Press

    241 Pages
    by CRC Press

    Archivists and librarians: here is the perfect introduction to archival description and its latest technological applications!

    Encoded Archival Description on the Internet introduces a variety of perspectives that will assist you in deciding whether EAD is an appropriate tool in a given context and, if it is, provides the knowledge you need to begin planning, organizing, and implementing projects and programs in your library.

    This informative book:

    • shows how archival description differs from bibliographic description
    • presents EAD as a standard and shows its relation to the MARC format and other standards
    • discusses implementation issues
    • examines museum use of EAD
    • gives you an overview of the history of the development of EAD
    • explores the reference implications of EAD
    • discusses implications for nontraditional users
    • examines the concept of union-universal access to archives

      EAD version 1.0 was formally released by the Society of American Archivists and the Library of Congress Network Development and MARC Standards Office in autumn 1998. Since then, a great number of institutions have invested significant time and money to prepare for implementation of EAD programs. The most compelling reason for EAD’s success is that, in the words of Editors Pitti and Duff, “Archivists recognize in EAD their shared principles and practice, and have embraced EAD not as a full realization of all of their expectations, but as common ground upon which they can negotiate and realize the future of one of the profession’s central responsibilities.”

      Encoded Archival Description on the Internet shows how EAD will not only benefit the public, but also librarians and archivists. It describes how information professionals will now be able to easily share information about complementary records and collections and to “virtually” integrate collections related by provenance but dispersed administratively or by geographic distance.

    • Introduction
    • Archival Description: Content and Context in Search of Structure
    • The Development and Structure of the Encoded Archival Description (EAD) Document Type Definition
    • Stargazing: Locating EAD in the Descriptive Firmament
    • Archival Cataloging and the Internet: The Implications and Impact of EAD
    • The Online Archive of California: A Consortial Approach to Encoded Archival Description
    • Consortial Approaches to the Implementations of Encoded Archival Description (EAD): The American Heritage Virtual Archive Project and the Online Archive of California (OAC)
    • Providing Unified Access to International Primary Research Resources in the Humanities: The Research Libraries Group
    • EAD and Government Archives
    • Cross-Community Applications: The EAD in Museums
    • Encoded Finding Aids as a Transforming Technology in Archival Reference Service
    • Popularizing the Finding Aid: Exploiting EAD to Enhance Online Discovery and Retrieval in Archival Information Systems by Diverse User Groups
    • Index
    • Reference Notes Included


    Wendy Duff, Daniel V Pitti