Stick to the Script: Automated Creation of XML for EAD Finding Aids

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The Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library (SWC) at Texas Tech University faced a backlog of finding aids to be authored using EAD. Additionally, though less pressing, were several dozen digital collections that needed to be linked to corresponding finding aids. After researching external solutions, the SWC wrote two PowerShell scripts: one for new collections or collections with no extant typed inventory, and another for legacy finding aids. Both scripts successfully encode collection inventories to current EAD standards rapidly and link digitized collections to online finding aids. This has allowed the SWC to reduce the backlog on-time and at greatly reduced labor cost.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-177
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Archival Organization
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2 2019


  • EAD 2002
  • EAD3
  • digitization
  • finding aids


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