Joint EAS Section and TS-EAS Annual Meeting, June 20 (via Webex)

Registration is now open for the joint annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists Encoded Archival Standards (EAS) Section and the Technical Subcommittee on Encoded Archival Standards (TS-EAS). The meeting will be held via Webex on Tuesday, June 20, 2023 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (CT).

Please visit the event listing on SAA’s website to register. There are no costs to attend the session and it is open to all; SAA membership is not required. While you do not need to register for the larger SAA 2023 conference to attend, you still need to register (using the registration link in the event listing above) to receive the meeting information and for Webex security.

This year, our annual meeting will include updates from TS-EAS and EAS Section leaders, SAA Council, and the Building a National Finding Aid Network (NAFAN) project. We will also host a moderated panel and discussion on archival agent records, which are increasingly becoming access points for archival discovery. We will prepare questions for our panelists around topics such as linking to and leveraging data in platforms such as Wikidata and name authority files such as VIAF, highlighting communities and individuals historically under or misrepresented in archival description, and the representation of personal identities such as gender. We invite all attendees to participate in this discussion, and welcome audience questions. We will conclude with presentations on EAF (Encoded Archival Functions) and on the EAD major revision process underway. 

The agenda for the EAS Section / TS-EAS meeting is as follows:

  • Updates and announcements from:

    • SAA Council (Stephen R. Curley)

    • EAS Section (Irene Gates)

    • TS-EAS (Karin Bredenberg and Mark Custer)

    • Building a National Finding Aid Network (Adrian Turner and Chela Scott Weber)

  • Moderated discussion on agent records:

    • Marie Elia, University at Buffalo 

    • Rachel Menyuk, National Museum of the American Indian 

    • Hayley Moreno, OCLC

    • Jerry Simmons, National Archives and Records Administration

  • Presentations on: 

    • EAF (Encoded Archival Functions), Karin Bredenberg, Kommunalförbundet Sydarkivera

    • EAD revision, Kerstin Arnold, Archives Portal Europe Foundation

We are very much looking forward not only to sharing our updates with the community but also having a lively and engaged conversation around agent records. We hope that you will join us!