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Description Section Meeting
Friday, August 29, 2008, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
- Welcome and Section Reports
- Election/Bylaws Referendum Results
- Newsletter Editor
- Description Expo (Vice-Chair)
- Reports from SAA Committees, Liaisons, and Related Groups
- SAA Council
- DACS Working Group: Bill Landis
- ALA Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access (CC:DA): Lisa Carter
- ICA Section on Professional Standards and Best Practices: Claire Sibille
- Technical Subcommittee on Descriptive Standards (TSDS): Mark Matienzo
- RBMS: Jennifer Schaffner
- DCRM-MSS: Diane Ducharme
- RLG Programs, OCLC Office of Research: Karen Smith-Yoshimura
- OCLC: Susan Westberg
- Canadian Committee on Archival Description: Gerald Stone
- Encoded Archival Context (EAC) Working Group: Kathy Wisser
- EAD Working Group: Kris Kiesling
- ALA Committee on Machine-Readable Bibliographic Information Committee (MARBI): Kris Kiesling
- 2009 Program Committee: Jacquelyn Ferry
- Archon: Chris Prom
- Archivists' Toolkit: Sibyl Roud
- New Business
- Comments from the floor
- Program - Gerald Stone, Library and Archives Canada: "Are Standards Necessary?"
Abstract: The development of archival descriptive standards over the past quarter-century is examined in terms of a business life cycle. At a critical junction in this life cycle, some areas where future attention and effort should be concentrated are suggested, including a refocusing from resource description to resource discovery and greater collaboration across the archives, library, museum, and related documentary heritage and information management domains.
Gerald Stone, a graduate of McGill University’s library school, is Director of Planning and Research for the Documentary Heritage Collection Sector of Library and Archives Canada (LAC). Between 1998 and 2008, he served as Director of the National Archives of Canada’s Standards Centre and LAC’s Intellectual Management Office. Over the past twenty years Gerald has actively participated in the work of a number of standards bodies, including chairing or directing development of the graphic materials, philatelic records, objects, and discrete items chapters of the Rules for Archival Description (RAD) and serving on the Canadian Committee on Archival Description, Canadian Committee on MARC, and the Canada-U.S. Task Force on Archival Description, among others.