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The OLAC Newsletter (ISSN: 0739-1153) is a quarterly publication of the Online Audiovisual Catalogers, Inc. appearing in March, June, September and December. Permission is granted to copy and disseminate information contained herein, provided the source is acknowledged.
News and Announcements:
OLAC Cataloger's Judgment:
MOUG Liaison Reappointed
Originally submitted by Bobby Bothmann
Archival Sound Recordings Subcommittee Announcement
The DACS for Archival Sound Recordings subcommittee, a subcommittee of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) Cataloging Committee, was formed in 2008 to prepare online guidelines on the application of DACS (Describing Archives: A Content Standard) to the description of archival sound recordings. DACS, developed by the archival community and published by the Society of American Archivists in 2007, is the standard that U.S. archivists use in preparing descriptions of archival materials; those descriptions can be expressed through structural standards such as MARC, EAD, MODS, METS, the Dublin Core, and so forth.
While DACS addresses the unique characteristics of archival materials in general and reflects archival principles of arrangement and description that are accepted throughout the United States, it does not attempt to include rules needed to describe sound recordings and other non-textual materials. The Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, second edition, does provide rules for the description of approach to description but does not provide rules for archival recordings. The goal of the DACS for Archival Sound Recordings subcommittee is to supplement DACS with guidelines for describing the content and physical and administrative features of sound recordings while adhering to accepted archival descriptive practice.
We plan to use the ARSC Associated Audio Archivists (AAA) Message Board
as a way to solicit feedback on drafts of the guidelines, stimulate discussion of especially challenging issues in the description of archival sound recordings, and generally tap into the overall knowledge and experience of audio archivists, collectors, and technical experts in the U.S. and hopefully beyond. We hope you'll assist us throughout the process of preparing these guidelines. For more information about the subcommittee, please contact Marsha Maguire (202-707-8465).
Originally Submitted by the DACS for Archival Sound Recordings Subcommittee
Call for Nancy B. Olson Award Nominations
OLAC's Nancy B. Olson Award Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2010 award. The Nancy B. Olson Award recognizes and honors a librarian who has made significant contributions to the advancement and understanding of audiovisual cataloging. The Committee will select a recipient based on these criteria.
Eligibility for nomination is as follows:
The award recipient will receive an engraved plaque containing an inscription recognizing his/her special contribution to the field.