Learn how changes to EAD practices can improve discoverability of archival materials in 5 December webinar

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The recent Code4Lib Journal article "Thresholds for Discovery" reported results from an OCLC Research analysis of 120,000 Encoded Archival Description (EAD) encoded finding aids; the article also highlighted issues with current encoding practices that would inhibit access and discovery. In 2012, Princeton University's Archival Description Working Group undertook an ambitious project to upgrade their finding aids delivery system, addressing many of the issues identified in the "Thresholds" article. Join us for a joint presentation of the OCLC Research and Princeton work, and discussion on steps that institutions can take both individually and collaboratively to improve their own thresholds for discovery.

Presenters include:
Merrilee Proffitt, Senior Program Officer, OCLC Research
Bruce Washburn, Consulting Software Engineer, OCLC Research
Dan Santamaria, Assistant University Archivist for Technical Services, Princeton University

This webinar is free and open to all but advanced registration is required.

Register here* to attend "Achieving Thresholds for Discovery: Addressing Issues with EAD to Increase Discovery and Access" webinar on 5 December at 10:00 a.m. PST / 1:00 p.m. EST (UTC 18:00).

A recording of this webinar will be posted on our website, on YouTube and in iTunes later in December.

*After you register to attend online, you will receive an e-mail message that contains instructions for logging on to WebEx, where you will view the meeting slides online through your Web browser. When you log in to the webinar, you may chose to either listen to the presentation audio through your computer speakers or headset, or you may dial in to listen by telephone. If you have questions or need assistance, please call WebEx technical support directly by phone at US/Canada Toll-Free: 1 (866) 229-3239 or International Toll: +1 (408) 435-7088.

For more information:

Merrilee Proffitt
Senior Program Officer
OCLC Research

Melissa Renspie
Senior Communications Officer
OCLC Research


Quick links:

Register to attend this free webinar on 5 December from 10:00-11:00 a.m. PST / 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST (UTC 18:00-19:00) [link]

"Thresholds for Discovery: EAD Tag Analysis in ArchiveGrid, and Implications for Discovery Systems" article in Code4Lib Journal (Issue 22) [link]

OCLC Research Webinars [link]

OCLC Research YouTube Channel [link]

OCLC Research Webinars in iTunes [link]