Why can't I add to the Name Type lookup list? Why is Conference not included in the default list?
Name records in the Archivists’ ToolkitTM are designed to conform with the International Council on Archives’ ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families, 2nd ed. and to support the proposed standard Encoded Archival Context (EAC). Name records also accommodate creation of names according to rules established in standards such as AACR2 and DACS.
The ISAAR (CPF) standard stands behind not only the AT but EAD as well. In compliance with the EAD standard, conferences are considered to be corporate names.
We recognize that choosing the international standard of ISAAR (CPF) over the national standard of AACR/MARC will force some modification of MARC records in which a conference name is encoded as a corporate name. Hopefully, that will be not either a great number of records or a very timely modification.