SIRIS References/Links



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Guide to Smithsonian Institution Archives, Libraries and Special Collections

SIRIS Membersí Committee

SIRIS Public Page

Tools for the Researcher (SIL)


Internal Documents

Data Elements and Recommended Standards for Archival Description of Photographs and Photograph Collections 2002

Download LC authority record into Horizon database

Geographic Coordinates List (updated periodically) (For coordinates not listed, you may want to use Geonames:

Horizon 7.33 Marc Editor training Document

Introduction to MARC and DACS for archivists : a workshop in cataloging for SIRIS members 3/26/2008

Metadata local tag for Digital Surrogates

SIRIS Tip Sheet for Sound Recording Records 1997

Local Documents by Units

Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives (EEPA) Cataloging Policy on Collection Level Record 2002

EEPA Cataloging Policy on Item Level Record 2002

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (FSG) Archives Procedures 2009

FSG Cataloging Policy on Collection Level Record 2009

FSG Cataloging Policy on Item Level Record 2009

National Anthropological Archives (NAA) Draft Cataloging Policy 2009

Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) Art Inventories Cataloging Manual 2006

SAAM Subject Term Guide

SAAM Photograph Archives Cataloging Manual 2009

Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL) Wiki



Cataloging References


Authority References

Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT)

Cultural Objects Thesaurus Name Authority (CONA)

Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET)

Ethnologue: Languages of the World

Library Congress Authority Headings (LCSH )

Library of Congress List of Thesauri for the 040 field (LCSH )

Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN)

Thesaurus for Graphic Materials I: Subject Terms (TGMI)

Union List of Artist Names (ULAN)


Data Standards and Guides

Catalogerís Desktop

Cataloging Cultural Objects (CCO)

Categories for the Description of Works of Art (CDWA)

DACS revision (July 2012)

Dublin Core

Getty Data Standards & Guidelines

Graphic Materials: Rules for Describing Original Items and Historical Collections

Graphic Materials: Rules for Describing Original Items and Historical Collections (Second Edition)

National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections

Prints and Photographs Cataloging & Digitizing Toolbox (Library of Congress)

Standards For Archival Description: A Handbook


Developments in Cataloging

Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control

RDA: Resource Description and Access (Draft of standard to replace AACR2)

RLG Blog

RLG Programs Books and Reports




OCLC Bibliographic Formats and Standards

Understanding MARC Bibliographic: Machine-readable Cataloging



Archival Tools/Links


Encoded Archival Description

EAD Cookbook

EAD Version 2002 Official Site

NoteTab Software



American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC)

Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts

Conservation OnLine

Library of Congress: Caring for your Collections

Moving Image Collections Preservation Portal

National Film Preservation Foundation

Northeast Document Conservation Center

The Permanence and Care of Color Photographs (Henry Wilhelm)

Video Aids to Film Preservation (Folkstreams)


Processing Tools

Glossary of Archival and Records Terminology (SAA)

Linear Footage Calculator (Yale)

Perpetual Calendar (University of Notre Dame)

Prints and Photographs Researchers Toolbox (Library of Congress)

Social Security Death Index (Genealogy Bank)

Text Translation (Yahoo! Babel Fish)

U.S. Town/County Database (Rootsweb)


Records Management

NARA: Guide to Federal Records (Records of the Smithsonian Institution)

Smithsonian Institution Archives (SIA) Records Management

SIA Records Schedules



Other References



Copyright Questions and Answers (Smithsonian)

Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States (Cornell)

Digital Copyright Slider (Copyright Advisory Network)



Extensible Metadata Platform (XMP)

Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative

Flickr SI Commons

International Press Telecommunications Council


Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard (METS)

Text Encoding Initiative (TEI)



Professional Organizations and Listservs



Archives & Archivists

Archives & Archivists (Archives)

Associated Audio Archivists

Association for Recorded Sound

Association of Moving Image Archivists

Library Cataloging and Authorities (AUTOCAT)


Visual Resources Association



American Library Association (ALA)

Amigos Library Services

Art Libraries Society (ARLIS)

Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA)

Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR)

Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC)

Online Audiovisual Catalogers (OLAC)

Society of American Archivists (SAA)

Visual Resources Association (VRA)