2010 Reports from SAA Committees, Liaisons, and Related Groups

Archivists’ Toolkit, Archon, and Integration Project. Updates on all three projects. Mellon Foundation planning grant to combine the best features of the Archivists’ Toolkit and Archon into a single hybrid application, ArchivesSpace, in progress. (Report)

Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (DCRM-MSS). DCRM-MSS is an editorial team formed by the Bibliographic Standards Committee of the Rare Book and Manuscript Section of ACRL/ALA, charged with developing a descriptive standard for individual modern (post1600) manuscripts as one of the DCRM suite of manuals. The hope is that will also be acceptable as one of the "companion standards" envisaged by DACS. (Report)

Encoded Archival Context Working Group (EADCWG). The EAC-CPF standard was released on March 5. In July the EAC Working Group submitted to the Standards Committee a proposal for official endorsement by SAA. If it is approved by the Standards Committee and adopted by SAA Council, the Standards Committee will form a Technical Subcommittee for Encoded Archival Context - Corporate bodies, Persons, and Families (TS-EAC) and maintenance and review will follow the pattern established for Encoded Archival Description. (Report)

International Council on Archives Committee on Best Practices and Standards (CBPS), Sub-committee on Archival Description. The main priority of the sub-committee remains the development of the compendium of ICA standards, which will be presented at the Brisbane International Congress on Archives, in 2012. After the official release of the compendium, the development of a future archival conceptual model is envisaged for the 2012-2016 term. (Report)

OCLC. "News from OCLC" includes the headings of New Record Use Policy, Cataloging and Metadata, Reference and Discovery, Management Services and Systems, and Digital Collection Services. (Report)

Reference/Processing Collaboration Group (RPCG). The Reference/Processing Collaboration Group began in 2007 as the MPLP Task Force, a small committee of the SAA Reference, Access, and Outreach (RAO) section. It now represents the interests and perspectives of a variety of SAA constituencies, including the Manuscripts Repositories, Description, and College and University Archives sections, as well as the Congressional Papers Roundtable. The group has been charged with compiling and synthesizing extant thought and discussion regarding basic processing, and with offering models for implementing it and assessing its impact. (Report)

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