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