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When and Where
  • 11/10/2021 9:00 AM CST
  • 11/11/2021 1:00 PM CST
  • 10/11/2021 11:45 PM CDT
  • 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---November 10, 2021 (9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. U.S. central time) and November 11, 2021 (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.

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.

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


Fees: Advance / Regular 

SAA Members: $199 / $249

Employees of SAA Member Institutions: $239 / $299

Nonmembers: $279 / $349


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