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When and Where
  • 4/12/2021 3:00 PM CDT
  • 5/17/2021 5:00 PM CDT
  • 3/12/2021 11:45 PM CST
  • Virtual
  • Nancy McGovern
  • Kari Smith

This course WILL count towards the in-person requirement for the DAS certificate program for both the foundational (Fundamentals) and transformational (Planning and Sustainable Futures) tiers.

What does digital curation involve and how do practitioners and organizations achieve good practice for curating their digital content and collections? There is a growing and evolving set of standards-based good practice for digital curation that enable practitioners, managers, and organizations to engage in sustainable digital curation to effectively manage digital content across generations of technologies and through organizational change. This course covers core digital curation concepts, principles, standards, and current trends and highlights potential implications and recommendations for archives and archivists.

This course replaces two previous one-day courses, Digital Curation: Fundamentals for Success and Digital Curation: Planning & Sustainable Futures. In 2021, the instructors have revised content to offer as a six-session seminar that will be offered online over six weeks.

The course will be held via Zoom from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (each day) CT on Mondays. It is six (6) sessions scheduled in all for the following dates.

  • April 12, 2021;
  • April 19, 2021;
  • April 26, 2021;
  • May 3, 2021;
  • May 10, 2021; and
  • May 17, 2021.

Upon completion of this course you’ll be able to:

  • Explain the components of digital curation and possible implications for archives 
  • Complete a gap analysis to leverage your strengths and address weaknesses to develop your digital curation capacity 
  • Find and use community resources, frameworks, models, standards, and examples of good practice relevant to your digital curation requirements and priorities 
  • Foster relationships within and beyond your organization to achieve digital curation objectives
  • Evaluate current technological options that meet your digital curation needs
  • Develop strategies for sustaining digital curation at your organization

Who should attend?

Practicing archivists, librarians, museum professionals, as well as managers and administrators from these organizations, who will be asked to develop and curate digital archives or need to improve the operation of such archives should attend. This course will also be useful to a wide range of information professionals whose institutions are beginning to discuss management of digital business records, publications, archival content, research data, and other digital content.

What should you know already?

Appraisal of records, providing access to records, some knowledge of digital preservation and electronic records, and at least intermediate knowledge of digital archives. This course builds on others, such as Basics of Managing Digital Records, Standards for Digital Archives, Thinking Digital, Building Advocacy and Support for Digital Archives, Digital Records: The Next Steps, and Digital Repositories. 

DAS Tier: 1 Foundational and 1 Transformational

DAS Core Competency: 

1. Understand the nature of records in their electronic form.

2. Communicate and define requirements, roles, and responsibilities related to digital archives to a variety of partners and audiences.

3. Formulate strategies and tactics for appraising, acquiring, describing, managing, organizing, and preserving digital archives.

7. Provide dependable organization and service to designated communities across networks.

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


Registration Fee: Early-Bird / Regular

SAA Member: $299 / $369

Employee of SAA Member Institution: $359 / $449

Nonmember: $419 / $529