A small group of New York archivists has prepared a survey to solicit information about the current status of EAD implementation in New York State and gauge the interest of institutions’ willingness to deposit EAD finding aids in a centralized repository similar to that of the Online Archive of California (http://www.oac.cdlib.org
). The survey results will also provide base information for any attempts to establish a statewide mechanism to encourage and assist institutions not yet producing EAD to do so.
The coordinators working on this are interested in responses from ALL repositories of manuscript and archival material, regardless of size and regardless of whether they currently have any EAD-encoded finding aids. They encourage you to respond on behalf of your own institution, and would appreciate it if you would use your network of contacts to reach out to other repositories in your region -- from large academic institutions to small local historical societies -- to encourage them to participate, and to validate the survey and its need.
Coordinators of this project (should you have any questions)
John Bewley, Music Library, University at Buffalo (SUNY)
Jodi Boyle, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives, University at Albany (SUNY)
Michele Combs, Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
Sarah Keen, Special Collections and University Archives, Colgate University Libraries
Karen Walton Morse, Historic Hudson Valley
Becky Robbins, Rockefeller Archive Center