Finding Aids Coordinating Committee

The Finding Aids Coordinating Committee is charged with maintaining YUL's Finding Aid Program. The Committee coordinates all matters pertaining to the development and maintenance of best practices related to the creation, management and delivery of electronic finding aids at Yale University. The committee is also responsible for all outreach concerning the finding aids program. For more information, please see the Committee's charge.

Finding Aids Database

The FACC is responsible for the delivery of electronic finding aids to the Yale University Library's users. Yale finding aids are available in the Yale Finding Aid Database. Finding aids can also be accessed via OCLC's ArchiveGrid and Connecticut Archives Online.

Yale EAD Best Practice Guidelines

The FACC maintains the Yale EAD Best Practice Guidelines, which specify how the EAD tag set is to be employed when encoding Yale University finding aids. The Yale EAD Best Practice Guidelines are expressed as a Relax NG schema.

EAD (Encoded Archival Description) is an international standard for encoding descriptions of archival materials. The Library of Congress maintains all offical EAD Documentation at

Harvesting Yale Finding Aids

Yale is happy to open its finding aids for harvest by external parties as deemed appropriate by the Finding Aids Coordinating Committee.

Finding Aid Creation

Yale uses both the Archivists' Toolkit and a locally-customized version of XMetaL Author, known as FACT (for Finding Aids Creation Tool) to generate finding aids encoded in EAD.