Encoded Archival Description (EAD)

Z603: Workshop in Library and Information Science
TOPIC: Encoded Archival Description (EAD)

Department of Information and Library Science
Indiana University, Bloomington

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to Encoded Archival Description (EAD), a markup standard for electronic finding aids. This course is intended for students and individuals interested in pursuing careers in archives and special collections, students interested in digital libraries or metadata, or for individuals looking to gain a new set of skills. Students will learn about the development of the Encode Archival Description (EAD) standard, the language powering it (XML), implementation, research, and future trends.


Knowledge of archival descriptive practices, terminology, and organizational principles, such as those gained in either Z581: Archives and Records Management or Z584: Manuscripts, are required for success in this course. Students who have not taken the prerequisite Z504: Cataloging course should complete a set of readings before the first class meets.

Summer I 2012 Syllabus (co-taught with Dot Porter)