WHAT is it?
The Empire Archival Discovery Cooperative (or Empire ADC) is a central repository for searching and browsing collection descriptions, called “finding aids,” contributed by New York State's many cultural heritage organizations. The finding aids in Empire ADC adhere to national standards, namely the Encoded Archival Description (EAD) standard and Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS). Empire ADC seeks to enhance access to New York State’s finding aids and discovery of the materials they describe through a shared technical framework and community of practice.Empire ADC is a service of the Empire State Library Network.

WHY are we doing it?
Empire ADC builds on the notion of the Information Infrastructure of New York (I2NY) initiated by the Empire State Library Network (ESLN) in 2012. With such a high concentration of LAMs (libraries, archives, museums) in New York, Empire ADC will benefit researchers seeking resources held by repositories across the state. Small and medium-sized archives will benefit from a collaborative project that allows them to create and provide access to standardized finding aids without the need for local technology solutions and support. Larger organizations can participate in a data aggregation project, which may facilitate contributions to larger national or global efforts.

Empire ADC Leadership Team

Andrew Arpey, New York State Archives
Sarah Cogley, State University of New York at Buffalo
Susan d’Entremont, Capital District Library Council (Regional Liaison)
John Diefenderfer, New York State Archives
Nate Hill, METRO New York Library Council
Ryan Hughes, Rochester Regional Library Council
Pam Jones, ConnectNY
Deirdre Joyce, Syracuse University
Tessa Killian, Southeastern New York Library Resources Council
Jen Palmentiero, Southeastern NY Library Resources Council
Ryan Perry, Central New York Library Resources Council
Zack Spalding, Southeastern NY Library Resources Council
Laura Streett, Vassar College
Gregory Wiedeman, State University of New York at Albany
Lorie Wies, Saratoga Springs Public Library