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Presented at the New England Archivists Spring 2013 Meeting on 2013/3/23 by Kathy Wisser, Jason Wood, Justin Snow, Brian Shetler, Aliza Leventhal, and Meghann Wollitz.
The LEADS (Leveraging EAD Skills) project is a collaboration between the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science and the Simmons College Archives that seeks to retrospectively convert analog finding aids to Encoded Archival Description. The project is designed to both implement EAD at a small institution while also providing students from the Archives Concentration at GSLIS an opportunity to enhance their EAD skill set through applied learning.
The speakers discussed the project’s pedagogical underpinnings, its impact on the College Archives’s collection management and access, the delivery of finding aids through stylesheets and publication considerations, and issues of project management and workflow. Students discussed their motivations for participation and their experiences in working with the project.