I decided to handle the findings aids that are in PDF format by putting all the Notes in AT and doing the finding aid report. Under “other finding aids” I’m adding a link to the PDF version for the inventory. “The full container list can be found in the PDF finding aid available.”  I have to go into Dreamweaver to add the link.

My thought is, this will standardize the look, give the basic information, and if someone needs the container inventory, they can still get to it easily.

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Finding aid revamp

April 21, 2010

Thanks to my buddy Brian McDonald (Electronic Services Librarian), most of our finding aids now look like the rest of the library webpages.  [good library branding] Check it out, Valerie Saiving Papers. It took his genius to figure out how to edit the AT style sheet and make it easy for me to add an image, if I have one.  I messed with it for a while, but no joy.  I used to do a lot of html, but never got into stylesheets and CSS, etc.

I still have 7 that are in PDF format. Some are between 16 and 86 pages, so I don’t envision revamping those any time soon.  If I need to add anything to one of those collections it might inspire me.  Nothing has been added to them since I’ve been here, so I think I’m safe.

There are also three that are in the old format that I may try to update.  One is the Holiday Cards.  It was the 1st one I did using the EAD Cookbook and I was able to add all the images.  It looks like AT doesn’t let you add images easily, so I may just leave that one alone.

I just got an email from Martha McTear, Metadata Librarian for special collections at College of Charleston.  Turns out she is an WS alum from the class of 1997.  That’s 6 years before I got here, but it’s still pretty cool.  Martha asked about my cataloging strategy. Seemed like an easy post to just cut and paste my answer in a post. [You say lazy, I say efficient]

I would have to say I go from EAD to MARC.  It took me a few years to get the hang of going from being a librarian to being an archivist. [collections, not items] I start by having student workers do inventory input into Archivist’s Toolkit.  Eventually I get around to doing bio/history, scope and content notes and name/subject entries. Then AT spits it out and I put it on the Finding Aids web page. I then do a MARC record in Voyager that links to the finding aid, with minimal information.  We also have the library website set up now so that in the home page you can put a keyword search in the find box and choose archives on the drop down menu and it will search the web pages and finding aids as well as Voyager.  I believe most of our researchers, other than HWS students, find us through Google searches.

I have been using mind mapping for organizing my work flow in the archives.  I recently agreed to do an informal presentation for RRLC’s College Archivists Roundtable so I decided to try it out as a presentation tool, rather than Powerpoint.

You can download free software for mind mapping at freemind.sourceforge.net if you want to try it out.

The presentation is on EAD so I begin with a center circle with EAD then add nodes for Who, Why, What, How and Resources.

I attach nodes to each of these, e.g. How has nodes for EAD Cookbook and Archivist’s Toolkit.

Each of them have nodes, e.g. EAD Cookbook has three; Download, starting a finding aid, troubleshooting.

Then each of those has nodes.  It ends up looking like an illustration of evolution.

A couple of advantages are

  • You don’t have to have all the branches open at once. You click on a node to expand it to the next level.  This keeps it from being visually intimidating when you start out.
  • You can add links to external webpages  or programs and documents on your computer to each node.

The presentation is on Dec 4th.  I’ll report back to you.

 

Who
Maintained by the SAA EAD Roundtable
Cookbook/Notebook <../../../../Program Files/NoteTab Light/NoteTab.exe>
Detailed download and set up information in the Cookbook
installing EAD DTD
Customizing with your institutions information. Address etc.
Starting a Finding Aid
File \ New
In sidebar under files \ New EAD
Fill in template
Top Level Metadata
Controlled Access
Template
Add term
Administrative Information
I didn’t use much here but you might
Detailed description <dsc>
File or series
Container types down 6 levels
Troubleshooting
Any tag started must be closed
<ead> </ead>
<scopecontent> </scopecontent>
<head> </head>
Nesting
<dsc><c01><did><unittitle></unittitle></did></c01></dsc>
Can’t use &
Search/replace & -> and
Why
“standardization of collection information in finding aids within and across repositories.”
EAD (Encoded Archival Description
Who
Maintained by the SAA EAD Roundtable
Why
“standardization of collection information in finding aids within and across repositories.”
What
“a non-proprietary de facto  standard for the encoding of finding aids for use in a networked (online) environment”
FORMALLY DEFINED mark up language
HTML; XML
DTD (Document Type Definition)
XML can use differnet DTD for different purposes
EXAMPLES
specifies how an EAD document will appear
Resources
EAD Help Pages <http:/www.archivists.org/saagroups/ead/index.html>
OAC Best Practice Guidelines for Encoded Archival Description <http:/www.cdlib.org/inside/diglib/guidelines/bpgead/bpgead_1-2.html>
EAD Tag Library <http:/www.loc.gov/ead/tglib/index.html>
EAD Cookbook <http:/www.archivists.org/saagroups/ead/ead2002cookbook.html>
Dowload Cookbook PDF <EAD2002cookbook.pdf>
Alone in the Archives (start 5/17/2006) <http:/lcb48.wordpress.com/2006/05>
How
Cookbook/Notebook <../../../../Program Files/NoteTab Light/NoteTab.exe>
Detailed download and set up information in the Cookbook
installing EAD DTD
Customizing with your institutions information. Address etc.
Starting a Finding Aid
File \ New
In sidebar under files \ New EAD
Fill in template
Top Level Metadata
Controlled Access
Template
Add term
Administrative Information
I didn’t use much here but you might
Detailed description <dsc>
File or series
Container types down 6 levels
Troubleshooting
Any tag started must be closed
<ead> </ead>
<scopecontent> </scopecontent>
<head> </head>
Nesting
<dsc><c01><did><unittitle></unittitle></did></c01></dsc>
Can’t use &
Search/replace & -> and
Archivists Toolkit <../../../../Program Files/Archivists’ Toolkit 1.5/Archivists’ Toolkit 1.5.exe>
Highlight Resource
Click on reports icon
Select Report “Finding Aid”
Select output
PDF
HTML
Archivists Toolkit <../../../../Program Files/Archivists’ Toolkit 1.5/Archivists’ Toolkit 1.5.exe>
Highlight Resource
Click on reports icon
Select Report “Finding Aid”
Select output
PDF
HTML
What
“a non-proprietary de facto  standard for the encoding of finding aids for use in a networked (online) environment”
FORMALLY DEFINED mark up language
HTML; XML
DTD (Document Type Definition)
XML can use differnet DTD for different purposes
EXAMPLES
specifies how an EAD document will appear
Resources
EAD Help Pages <http:/www.archivists.org/saagroups/ead/index.html>
OAC Best Practice Guidelines for Encoded Archival Description <http:/www.cdlib.org/inside/diglib/guidelines/bpgead/bpgead_1-2.html>
EAD Tag Library <http:/www.loc.gov/ead/tglib/index.html>
EAD Cookbook <http:/www.archivists.org/saagroups/ead/ead2002cookbook.html>
Dowload Cookbook PDF <EAD2002cookbook.pdf>
Alone in the Archives (start 5/17/2006) <http:/lcb48.wordpress.com/2006/05>

About the new library webpage.

September 15, 2009

There was a committee, which I was not on, to design a new library homepage, and Brian (electronic services librarian extraordinare) made it work.

The piece that I am most excited about is the Find tab.  It is mean for a quick search, when you know what you are looking for.  There is a drop menu that lets you limit to Archives.  When you do a search here it

  • Searches the Voyager catalog for anything in archives
  • Searches ALL of the Archives web pages
  • Searches Special Collections.

Directing people to a finding aid or a list was always complicated.  Finding aids and lists were on separate pages, because one page would be too big.

BTW, the lists are lists of presidents, deans, chaplains, honorary degree recipients, etc. The previous archivist had all of these in a notebook that she title “Book of Lists” so I kept the title.

Now it is wonderful to search by a name and have results whether in a finding aid, list, or cataloged item.  How I love technology!

My position was recently re-evaluated, because it was realized that I didn’t really fit under any current policies. I went from a 12 month appointment where I worked 940 hours per year, with full benefits except vacation, personal days and sick leave…to a 10 month appointment where I work 930 hours per year, with full benefits. Since I have two months off in the summer, no vacation or personal days. This is all at the same pay rate, so I don’t lose anything.

This happened two days before before I left for “vacation.” I had asked for a week and a half, it was actually comp time, but was told to take 2 and a half weeks, to use all of the comp time. The new contract will start July 1st, so I’ll work the month of June, then be off from July 1st until August 15th.

Now anyone in their right mind would say whoopee!! But not being in my right mind, I was thrown completely off balance. I haven’t had this much time off since around 1978, and I’m not that all that great at using time off well. I’ve been keeping busy and using my time fairly well, but still spend a lot of time thinking about work. Perhaps if I write down what I need to do when I get back, I’ll be able stop running it over in my mind constantly.

  • Get the Vail photos up on CONTENTdm.
  • Figure out how to set up a new finding aid style sheet in Archivist’s Toolkit.
  • Inventory the vault.
  • Work on a BI for Primary Resources using ideas I’ve been picking up from the book “Made to Stick”.
  • Get a list going of projects for student workers in the fall.
  • Set up staff training for care of rare books an archives in the event of water or other damage due to an emergency.

I’ll probably be adding to this when I wake up in the middle of the night and can’t sleep, because I’m thinking about work. That may be more than I can do in the month of June anyway. I’ll start working on my August list. 🙂

We just did the AT update.  I’m very happy with the search function now.  Before I didn’t see how to search for a word in a title.  Now it’s great. I love that it drills down into the components.

They say that one of the new features is improved stylesheets.  I don’t see any links to the stylesheets and the new features documentation doesn’t cover it so I’m in the dark.

I took a shot at tweaking the old stylesheet, a while back, without success.  Good project for the summer I guess.

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