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Steering Share — August 2022

By Katherine Madison and Ashley Gosselar

It’s been a busy year for the Description Section! As the outgoing and incoming Chairs, we want to take a moment to share some of our completed and ongoing projects.

The Section’s biggest collaboration this year was with Archives for Black Lives in Philadelphia. Following a referendum from section membership to approve the action, the Section submitted on behalf of A4BLiP, a proposal to the Standards Committee of SAA for endorsement of their Anti-Racist Descriptive Resources. The proposal is making its way through the SAA governance structure, and any updates will be shared with Section membership as they become available.

The Section has a long-standing collaboration with TS-DACS, which is working on its Principles Project. You can read more about the ongoing work on that subject in this blog post published in June: “An Update on TS-DACS’s Principles Project.” This spring, we began an ongoing collaboration with TS-EAS as they enter into a revision period for EAD3. We’re looking forward to working more closely with them in the upcoming year.

There are a number of projects that the Section carries over from year to year. We have continued to add resources to our Documentation Portal, available on our SAA micro-site. This blog is another continuing project. Descriptive Notes celebrated its one-year anniversary as a blog this past April, and this year we are transitioning to a new Lead Blog Editor and new editorial team.

As usual, the Section wrapped up our year with our annual business meeting, held on July 18th via SAA’s virtual platform. After a short update-filled agenda (which repeated much of what is contained in this blog post), we were thrilled to host the four authors from our Descriptive Notes series on Archival Labor for a moderated panel discussion on emotional labor in archival description. If you didn’t get a chance to attend – or want a refresher on the topics – check out their blog posts!

It’s been an exciting and productive year for the Description Section. We look forward to another engaging year to come. Section leadership is always open to hearing about project ideas, potential collaborations, and new opportunities from Description Section membership, so please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Katherine (Kate) Madison is the immediate past chair of the Description Section and works as an archivist in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress. Ashley Gosselar is the current chair of the Description Section and works as a processing archivist at the University of Chicago Library.
The views and opinions contained in this piece are those of the authors and do not represent those of the Library of Congress or other employers.


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