Last week, I wrote about the backlogs project. Thanks to those who contacted me with suggestions and pointers. I think I’m close to having a fully populated working group, and I’m excited by the institutions and projects that will be represented.
The next project I’d like to tell you about is the EAD tools project. Have you noticed that there is a rather large number of EAD tools that have cropped up over the last two or three years? Well, I have. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s a good thing that there are so many tools. But I think the very fact that we have so many makes it difficult to compare one to another. Some of the tools are just about EAD creation, others go into the realm of collection management.
The current project description says that we’ll be looking at open source tools, but colleagues in Programs and Research have persuaded me that we shouldn’t rule out commercial tools. It will be the first happy chore of the work group to come up with the rationale and to scope the exercise.
I have a few people who have expressed interest already, but if you are interested in participating or just in more details, please let me know.
Merrilee Proffitt is Senior Manager. She provides community development skills and expert support to institutions within the OCLC Research Library Partnership.