Friday, January 14, 2011

Tagging Container Lists for EAD Guides

The front matter for EAD guides has not posed any problem for me as we create MARC records for all our collections. I then use Terry Reese’s MarcEdit, with the style sheet modified for local practice. MarcEdit is freeware and you can download it from:

The container lists were another problem. We have many that are over 100 pages and I did not want to have to tag them all by hand. What I did instead was create a Microsoft Excel to EAD conversion tool, which I named Ead McTaggart. Rather than explain it here I will refer you to my article “Ead McTaggart: Using VBA to Automate EAD Container List Tagging” in issue 8 of Code4Lib Journal:

The article includes a link to the complete VBA code for the tool.

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