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When and Where
  • 9/23/2019 9:00 AM CDT
  • 9/24/2019 5:00 PM CDT
  • 8/23/2019 12:00 PM CDT
  • Princeton University
  • Princeton
  • NJ

Registration Fee: Early-Bird / Regular

SAA Member: $319 / $399

Employee of SAA Member Institution: $379 / $479

Nonmember: $439 / $549


Here’s your chance to receive the instruction and hands-on practice you need to bridge the digital divide. Get acquainted with the language of XML and practice with XML authoring software. This two-day course covers the most up-to-date EAD version.

Upon completing this workshop, you’ll have:

  • Discuss an overview of Extensible Markup Language (XML)
  • Examine the structure of EAD (the SAA-endorsed standard for archival finding aids)
  • Mark up a finding aid
  • Explore style sheets and implementation strategies
  • Practice encoding a finding aid using EAD

Who should attend? Archivists and others who are charged with exploring and/or implementing EAD at their institution or who want to enhance their résumé

What You Should Already Know: Participants should have arrangement and description practice and familiarity with finding aids.


A&D Core Competency:

  • 3. Descriptive Standards: Apply rules and practices that codify the content of information used to represent archival materials in discovery tools according to published structural guidelines.
  • 4. Management: Demonstrate ability to manage physical and intellectual control over archival materials.
  • 5. Discovery: Create tools to facilitate access and disseminate descriptive records of archival materials.

If you intend to pursue the A&D Certificate, you will need to pass the examination for this course.

Attendance is limited to 25. Participants may be asked to share a computer.


When asked “what aspect of the workshop was most valuable to you?” Participant responses included:

  • “Being able to actually encode a finding aid and having knowledgeable instructors. - Morgan Davis
  • “Being able to use EAD immediately in online exercise - this was incredibly valuable. - Diane Maher
  • “Guided hands-on practice encoding finding aids. - Mary Ann Quinn
  • “The workbook was an excellent tool to follow along with the instructors. The whole workshop was great!
  • “Coding the Game & Fish finding aid was the most useful because I could see how the tags worked and how the resulting online finding aid appeared. - Ellen Fladger
  • “Encoding my own institution's finding aid. - Claire Galloway
  • “A straight forward hands-on approach that allowed us to dive in and start marking up finding aids was extremely helpful. The workbook contains an excellent reference guide! - Leah Loscutoff
  • “I have to tell you that this was the best training/workshop on a technical subject that I've ever attended, and I've attended quite a few technical workshops in my time! If all the SAA workshops are this good, then kudos to SAA!” - Laurie Sauer

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