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When and Where
  • 2/27/2023 9:00 AM CST
  • 3/1/2023 1:00 PM CST
  • 1/27/2023 11:45 PM CST
  • Virtual
  • Jacqueline Dean
  • Cory Nimer

This course WILL count towards the in-person requirement for the A&D program under the tools and services tier.

Course will run two days---February 27, 2023 (9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. U.S. central time) AND March 01, 2023 (9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. U.S. central time).

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.


Cory Nimer is senior librarian and university archivist at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Previously he served as technical services archivist and metadata specialist at the institution. His responsibilities have included supervising archival processing, archival management system implementation, and metadata development. His research interests include archival descriptive practice, archival literacy, and the history of archives in the Inter-mountain West. Nimer holds a BA in History and Anthropology from Brigham Young University, an MA in History from Sonoma State University, and an MLIS from San José State University. He has been actively involved with the Society of American Archivists, and has served as chair of the Standards Committee and as SAA's representative to the American Library Association's Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access (CC:DA) and the MARC Advisory Committee. He is currently a member of the Technical Subcommittee on Encoded Archival Standards.

Jacqueline "Jackie" Dean is the Head of Archival Processing in the Wilson Special Collections Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She previously worked at the State Library of North Carolina, North Carolina State University, and Houghton Library at Harvard University. She has a B.A. in English and M.L.S from UNC-Chapel Hill. She has served on SAA’s Technical Subcommittee for Describing Archives: A Content Standard and taught Introduction to Archives and Arrangement and Description at the School of Information and Library Science at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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 (Fundamentals)

A&D Tier: Tools and Services

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.

6. Ethics: Convey transparency of actions taken during arrangement and description and respect privacy, confidentiality, and cultural sensitivity of archival materials.

Fees: Advance / Regular 

SAA Members: $219 / $279

Employees of SAA Member Institutions: $269 / $329

Nonmembers: $309 / $389

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  • "I got a lot out of both DACS (Fundamentals and Advanced) courses; I think they work best when taken together. The format was great and so much better than just reading the manual. I will definitely be able to implement the information and strategies I learned in. doing these courses into my work. "