October 30, 2006
I just added a new resource guide to my Finding Aids page on our campus buildings.
When I started my morph from librarian to archivist someone told me you can’t call something a finding aid if it isn’t describing a distinct collection, so I went with “resource guide” for this type of project. There are subjects, like campus buildings, that we get asked about all of the time and a resource guide helps us put our hands on items that are spread out throughout the collection more quickly.
I have my student workers
- list everything they can find in the card catalog and the online catalog on a subject (there is little overlap between the two)
- add description information from the cataloging
- pull the material to check that it’s where it should be
Then I cut and paste the information into NoteTab and create an EAD “resource guide”.
We have done the same thing for Elizabeth Blackwell, first woman to receive her degree as a Doctor of Medicine (this one is a PDF) and Dr. Benjamin Hale, President of Hobart College from 1836 to 1858.
I don’t know if anyone else uses them, but the speed up the reference process for me when I get questions.