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When and Where
  • 12/16/2021 11:00 AM CST
  • 12/17/2021 3:00 PM CST
  • 11/16/2021 11:45 PM CST
  • Virtual
  • Megan McShea
  • Jamie Wagner

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

Course will run two half-days---December 16 (11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. U.S. central time) and December 17 (11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. U.S. central time).

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

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).

A&D Tier: Tactical and Strategic

A&D Core Competency: 

1. Arrangement: Understand the process of organizing materials with respect to their provenance and original order to protect their context and facilitate access.

2. Description: Analyze and describe details about the attributes of a record or collection of records to facilitate identification, management, and understanding of the work.

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.


Fees: Advance / Regular 

SAA Members: $199 / $249

Employees of SAA Member Institutions: $239 / $299

Nonmembers: $279 / $349