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When and Where
  • 10/20/2020 9:00 AM CDT
  • 10/20/2020 5:00 PM CDT
  • 9/21/2020 11:30 PM CDT
  • Virtual
  • Virtual
  • Jacqueline Dean
  • Cory Nimer

This course WILL count towards the in-person requirement for the A&D program.

Building on the introduction provided in the Describing Archives: A Content Standard--Fundamentals workshop, this workshop will review options for fuller description and implementation of the standard. Participants will review the optimal and added-value elements in Parts I and II of DACS, including the selection of access points. We will also consider the implications of the revised DACS principles, such as user-centered and accessible description and documenting archival interventions on descriptive practice.


The Describing Archives: A Content Standard--Fundamentals A&D course was specifically designed as a precursor and prerequisite to this course.

Upon completion of this workshop you’ll be able to:

  • Describe the impact of the new DACS principles on descriptive practices.
  • Apply DACS in review of optimal and added-value elements for description of archival materials and creators.
  • Understand how controlled vocabularies are used in assigning access points.
  • Assess descriptions of archival materials and creators, and plan for their repurposing or migration
  • Create local implementation guidelines for DACS

Who should attend:

Anyone whose work includes accessioning, arranging, and describing, or who supervises employees who do that work.

What should you already know:

Should have taken the SAA course, Describing Archives: A Content Standard.

Fees: Advance / Regular 

SAA Members: $199 / $249

Employees of SAA Member Institutions: $239 / $299

Nonmembers: $279 / $349