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RDA and DACS: Using a MARC-EAD Crosswalk to Improve Access to Special Collections Resources, a Project at UWG GUGM May 15, 2014 Presenters: Blynne Olivieri.

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1 RDA and DACS: Using a MARC-EAD Crosswalk to Improve Access to Special Collections Resources, a Project at UWG GUGM May 15, 2014 Presenters: Blynne Olivieri (Special Collections) and Shelley Rogers (Cataloging)

2 Agenda 1)Process towards implementing EAD Finding Aids 2)Reviewing DACS2 3)Reviewing RDA for Archival Materials 4)Crosswalk for Local Practices 5)Demo of Catalog Record, Finding Aid, and Informational spreadsheet 6)Wrap Up and Questions

3 EAD Encoded Archival Description (EAD) is an international standard for encoding finding aids.

4 EAD EAD is represented in XML (Extensible Markup Language), a platform-neutral data format that ensures data longevity when migrating from one software environment to another.

5 XML example

6 Finding aids Finding aids are inventories of archival materials, such as the papers of past university presidents, the papers of Newt Gingrich, and the records of local cultural, religious, and service organizations.

7 EAD finding aids EAD finding aids are critical for making archival collections discoverable through the Internet. EAD finding aids have a consistent coding and structure so that it is easy to submit your finding aids to other discovery access points like ArchiveGrid

8 ArchiveGrid

9 Challenges Technical infrastructure (file management, delivery, public display/discovery) Lack of staff to implement EAD and juggle other work in special collections

10 Process 1.Creating a decision matrix for technical infrastructure based on an assessment of our needs, wants, and what resources did we have to meet those challenges. 2.Creating crosswalk 3.Obtaining xml software to get started 4.Researching conversion services 5.Process of cleaning up bib records --- starting with our Local History Collections 6.Exporting bib records out of Voyager and importing into Archivists’ Toolkit 7.Training on Archivists’ Toolkit. 8.Writing a grant application to secure $$ for 1 st year hosting fees and $$ for finding aid conversion.

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12 DACS Describing Archives: A Content Standard Second edition adopted Jan by the Council of the Society of American Archivists

13 DACS “DACS is related to other standards. Descriptions created according to DACS are shared electronically using encoding standards, such as MAchine-Readable Cataloging (MARC 21), Encoded Archival Description (EAD), and Encoded Archival Context (EAC). There are also close connections with Resource Description and Access (RDA) and with standards promulgated by the International Council on Archives (ICA), including International Standard Archival Description—General (ISAD[G]), the International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families (ISAAR[CPF]), and the International Standard for Describing Functions (ISDF).”

14 RDA In the beginning… -RDA research -hand-marking up print out of catalog record -consulting with Shelley and Miriam -Shelley and I jointly decided to use RDA for Special Collections resources on August 5, 2013

15 Example of RDA Changes & Choices Date of Production RDA now mapped to 260 subfield c or new 264 field (instead of 245 subfield f) We chose to use the 264 $c.

16 RDA & DACS: Cory Nimer See Cory Nimer's (BYU) presentation, “Cataloging Archival Materials: Using RDA with DACS” from ALCTS, May Cory Nimer’s summary: -For archivists, RDA provides greater opportunities for recording characteristics and attributes of archival materials and creators. -For librarians, DACS provides more detailed instructions (and examples) for describing archival materials.

17 Spreadsheets Blynne's Excel spreadsheet for Local History morphed into an Excel spreadsheet by Shelley with tabs for Local History, Manuscripts, Political Collections, and University Archives. see the handout

18 Finding Aid see the handout for the Carroll County Veterans Memorial Park records

19 Bibliographic record example on OCLC Carroll County Veterans Memorial Park records see handout

20 Holdings record on Voyager verso of bib record handout shelf location goes in $c extent goes in $z

21 Wrap-up and Questions

22 Resources: see verso of spreadsheet handout Resources for Implementing EAD Finding Aids A dated, but full, description of implementing EAD is available at the Library of Congress website. See also their publishing description at Implementation brief overview at the University of Washington. The EAD Cookbook 2002, available for download through GitHub, also offers an outline for implementing EAD along with XSLT stylesheets that institutions can modify. roundtable.github.com/http://saa-ead- roundtable.github.com/ Resources for Implementing Archive Management Systems Google “Implementing Archivist’s Toolkit” for dozens of examples. For information on ArchivesSpace see the Google Group for using and configuring the application. https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/archivesspacehttps://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/archivesspace Articles “Over, Under, Around, and Through: Getting Around Barriers to EAD Implementation,” an OCLC Research publication whose co-authors include Merrilee Proffitt and Mark Matienzo, February 2010.


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