EAD 101.2

May 17, 2006

(Originally posted January 16, 2006)

I remembered one more benefit of EAD using the Cookbook method. The
mark-up text gives the MARC tags to use for each section, so then it's
just a matter of cutting and pasting into your online catalog MARC template.

So if you've done your homework you have the idea of what EAD is about,
and what online finding aids look like. Are you ready to tackle it? I
must warn you, when I first took this on I did nothing else for 2 weeks.
(I work a 20 hr wk.) I started with a very short finding aid that was
already done in paper. It's easiest if it's already in a wordprocesser
file. That way you can just cut and paste into the EAD.

*Today let's just start getting the tools together.*

On page 20 of the EAD Cookbook 2002 you will find *Section 4: Authoring
Tools*.

I went with *NoteTab*. It is free and, I thought, very easy.
You will find information and installation instructions in *Section 4.2*
starting on page 25.

To get the software go to Fookes Software and
click on the Info button for NoteTab Light 4.95 (Free!) There are
download instructions at the top. I recommend the EXE Package. When
you click you will be asked if you want to save it to disk. Say OK. It
will save it where ever your downloads usually get saved. Note the name
of the program is NoteTab_Setup.exe, in case you have to search your
disk to find out where it went. After it is downloaded you should just
have to double click on it to run the installation.

More next time. Good luck.

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