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When and Where
  • 10/18/2019 9:00 AM CDT
  • 10/18/2019 5:00 PM CDT
  • 9/19/2019 12:00 AM CDT
  • Peabody Essex Museum Collection Center
  • Rowley
  • MA
  • Megan McShea

Learn how to arrange and describe archival sound, video, and film materials found in mixed-media archival collections. In the morning you'll focus on understanding archival audiovisual media with sections on format identification, evaluating content, and assessing institutional capacity for providing access for researchers. In the afternoon, you'll examine processing procedures in depth, including pre-processing assessment of archival audiovisual materials, intellectual and physical arrangement, describing audiovisual materials in EAD according to DACS, and strategies for processing audiovisual materials at minimal, intermediate, and full levels of processing.


Note: This course does NOT cover born-digital sound and video, audiovisual preservation, or digitization.

Learning Outcomes: 

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

  • Plan and implement processing of archival collections with audiovisual media
  • Identify archival audiovisual formats and assess content and generation
  • Arrange audiovisual media physically and intellectually
  • Describe audiovisual media effectively according to DACS and EAD
  • Apply strategies for arrangement and description of media when processing at minimal, intermediate, and full levels
  • Complete processing assessment and planning, arrange items physically and intellectually, and describe at collection/series/folder level using EAD and DACS using an example/case study

Who Should Attend: 

Archivists with processing experience who are new to audiovisual media, as well as media archivists who are new to traditional processing

What You Should Already Know: 

Participants should have working knowledge of the fundamentals of arrangement and description, as well as prior experience with Encoded Archival Description and Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS).