EAC-CPF: Moving Forward with Authority
Location:  National Archives and Records Administration (Archives I),
McGowan Theater and Conference Center
              700 Constitution Avenue, N.W. (between 9th and 7th
              Washington, D.C.  20408-0001
Date:       Monday, August 9, 2010
Time:      9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m (entry as early as 8:00 a.m.)

Updated information for traveling to the National Archives (A1)

The National Archives (A1) building is located between 9th and 7th
Streets and between Constitution and Pennsylvania Avenues in Northwest,
Washington, D.C. Preconference participants should plan to arrive
between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. Those riding Metro should use the
Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station. Once outside the station,
cross the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and 7th Street, and follow
7th Street to the Constitution Avenue entrance. Enter the building at
the Visitor Group/Special Event doors closest to the intersection of
Constitution Avenue and 7th Street. Easily identifiable National
Archives staff will be on hand to direct participants and answer

Though food and drinks are not allowed in the McGowan Theater, the
Archives 1 Café will be open and available for lunch and refreshments
during break times.

With the release of the Encoded Archival Context - Corporate Bodies,
Persons, and Families (EAC-CPF) schema in March of 2010, questions
regarding implementation are looming large within the American archival
community. The National Archives and Records Administration is hosting a
preconference that will bring together stakeholders to discuss the
important role that authority control plays in archival description and
strategies for implementing EAC-CPF in order to continue the ongoing
transformation and enhancement of archival description.

The preconference will consider U.S., European, and Australian EAC-CPF
initiatives and projects, and also explore the potential for
collaboration with the Virtual International Authority File and the
library and museum communities. Primary objectives for the day will be
to answer two key questions: Why should my archive or library implement
EAC-CPF? What are practical strategies for implementing EAC-CPF? Panel
discussions and break-out sessions will constitute the schedule for the
day. Questions about the developing schedule and program content can be
addressed to Kathy Wisser at the email below.

There is no charge, and we encourage all interested information
professionals and students to attend. Though there are no charges or
formal registration, preconference organizers would like to have a
running count of attendees. If you plan to attend EAC-CPF: Moving
Forward with Authority, please email Kathy Wisser
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Featured speakers and panelists on the program include Daniel Pitti,
University of Virginia;
Angelika Menne-Harwitz, Bundesarchiv; Ana Cristan, Library of Congress;
and Patricia Harpring, The Getty.

Special discussion sessions will cover: levels of implementation
(global, national, regional, local), consortium building,
sustainability, and learning from European and Australian models.