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When and Where
  • 11/4/2020 11:00 AM CST
  • 11/5/2020 3:00 PM CST
  • 10/5/2020 11:30 PM CDT
  • Virtual
  • Megan McShea

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

Course will run two days---November 4 (11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. CT) and November 5 (11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. CT).

Learn how to arrange and describe analog sound, video, and film materials found in mixed-media archival collections over two 4-hour sessions. Day 1 will focus on understanding analog audiovisual media with sections on format identification, understanding the lifecycle of different types of audiovisual records, pre-processing assessment, and physical and intellectual arrangement. On Day 2 we will continue the arrangement discussion and then focus primarily on description of audiovisual materials in finding aids, using EAD and DACS. Throughout the workshop we will virtually process a case study collection for a concrete application of skills discussed in the lectures.


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

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

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).

Fees: Advance / Regular 

SAA Members: $199 / $249

Employees of SAA Member Institutions: $239 / $299

Nonmembers: $279 / $349