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When and Where
  • 2/8/2023 12:00 PM CST
  • 2/9/2023 4:00 PM CST
  • 1/9/2023 11:45 PM CST
  • Virtual
  • Elizabeth Knazook

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

Course will run two days---February 08-09, 2023 (12:00 p.m. (noon) to 4:00 p.m. U.S. central time) U.S. central time).

This two-day online course will introduce techniques for effectively processing, arranging, and describing collections of photographs, both analogue and digital. You’ll explore practical solutions to improve organization and access to collections with photographic materials and learn more about the ways in which archival description has adapted to the unique challenges presented by digital resources. Activities are designed to help develop your visual literacy skills, devise practical solutions to processing and digitizing large collections, and to help you become comfortable with the common metadata standards and controlled vocabularies that help to facilitate access. 

Note: Although this course will provide some introduction to photo format identification, preservation housing and storage strategies, and digitization guidelines, these topics will not be covered in-depth. This course aims to build competency in the application of archival principles to photograph collections.

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

  • Develop processing plans and guidelines to arrange and describe photographs
  • Apply principles of arrangement to photographic materials
  • Use visual literacy skills to improve description and accessibility of image collections
  • Understand the essential elements of common descriptive metadata standards 
  • Provide subject access to digital collections using controlled vocabularies and authorized headings

Who Should Attend?: Archivists who are new to managing photographs, photo specialists who are new to processing, new archives professionals and graduate students in archival programs who have little or no experience in the arrangement and description of photographs.

What You Should Already Know: Participants should have basic archival training and a working knowledge of the fundamental principles of processing, arrangement and description pertaining to text-based collections.


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.

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


Registration Fee: Early-Bird / Regular

SAA Member: $219 / $279

Employee of SAA Member Institution: $269 / $329

Nonmember: $309 / $389