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When and Where
  • 11/6/2019 9:00 AM CST
  • 11/6/2019 5:00 PM CST
  • 10/7/2019 12:00 AM CDT
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Information Studies
  • Milwaukee
  • WI
  • Carol Kussmann


Digital archivists work with a variety of tools, such as simple command line scripts and stand-alone products to complete systems that accomplish multiple tasks. Using a sample workflow, this course will walk through the steps to consider when choosing and implementing tools, including:

  • Understanding what task you are trying to make easier by using a tool
  • Understanding available types of tools
  • Exploring and testing options
  • Making a selection
  • Installing the tool
  • Using the tool within your existing or developing workflow

Your instructor will also touch on tool maintenance issues, such as documentation and upgrades.


This course will focus on tools utilizing the Windows operating system environment. Where possible, Macintosh alternatives will be provided. The use of these products does not represent or imply SAA endorsement. SAA Education encourages the use of open source software and tools.

Learning Outcomes: 

Upon completion of this course, you'll be able to:

Apply what you learned to evaluate tools and document their use

Employ evaluation skills to eliminate tools you are considering using

Document how tools are being used at your institution

Reorganize and add tools into existing or developing workflows

Better demonstrate comprehension of the complete picture of how to select a tool and manage your needs over time

Who Should Attend: 

Archivist practitioners, archivist managers, and IT professionals

What You Should Already Know: 

You should have a basic understanding of general archives functions and practices.

DAS Core Competency: 

4. Incorporate technologies throughout the archival lifecycle.

5. Strategically plan for the sustainability of digital archives.

7. Design a defined set of services for designated community.

Fees: Early / Regular 

SAA Members: $199 /$249

Employees of SAA Member Institutions: $239 / $299

Nonmembers: $279/ $349