Affiliation: National Archives and Records Administration
Sector: Archive, Government (incl National and State libraries and archives)
Country: United States
Jerry Simmons is an Archives Specialist for Data Standards at the National Archives and Records Administration (College Park), working since January 2000 as the Authority Cataloging Team Lead for the Archival Research Catalog (ARC) project. As Authority Cataloging Team Lead, he coordinates NARA’s NACO and SACO efforts. Prior to his work at NARA, he was the archives cataloger for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. He has his B.A. in languages from the University of Georgia (Athens, Ga.), and his M.L.I.S. from the Catholic University of America, School of Library and Information Science. He is Chair of the Society of American Archivists’ Description Section for 2010-2011. In January 2011, he joined the adjunct faculty of the Catholic University of America, School of Library and Information Science, teaching indexing, abstracting and thesaurus construction.
National Archives is currently working with Project Performance Corporation to re-engnieer the existing authority control modules of ARC (Archival Research Catalog) into a new agency-wide authority service for all National Archives information systems. The new service will have MARC21 Authority Format capabilities in addition to new EAC-CPF functionality. National Archives hopes to publish its local authorities in EAC-CPF once the new authority service comes online. In August 2010, I co-planned (with Kathy Wisser, Simmons College) and hosted a day-long pre-conference called, EAC-CPF: Moving Forward with Authority. The conference featured gueste speakers from the U.S., France, and Germany, representing national libraries as well as the Getty.