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When and Where
  • 3/25/2024 1:00 PM CDT
  • 3/26/2024 5:00 PM CDT
  • 2/25/2024 11:45 PM CST
  • Virtual
  • Jamie Wagner

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

Course will run two half days---March 25, 2024 (1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. U.S. central time) and March 26, 2024 (1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. U.S. central time).

Learn how to arrange and describe analog sound, video, and film materials found in mixed-media archival collections over two 4-hour sessions. Day 1 will focus on understanding analog audiovisual media with sections on understanding the lifecycle of different types of audiovisual records, pre-processing assessment, and physical and intellectual arrangement. On Day 2 we will focus primarily on description of audiovisual materials in finding aids, using EAD and DACS. Throughout the workshop we will virtually process a case study collection for a concrete application of skills discussed in the lectures.

Note: This course does NOT cover born-digital sound and video, audiovisual preservation, or digitization.


Jamie Marie Wagner has been the Moving Image Archivist in the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries since 2019. She oversees moving image film and video materials in the Libraries’ Rare and Distinctive Collections, as well as paper collections related to American experimental filmmaking and media history. She has an MA in Film and MLS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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

  • Plan and implement processing of archival collections with audiovisual media
  • Identify and assess content and generation of archival audiovisual materials
  • Arrange audiovisual media physically and intellectually
  • Describe audiovisual media effectively according to DACS and EAD
  • Apply strategies for arrangement and description of media when processing at minimal, intermediate, and full levels

What You Should Already Know: 

Participants should have working knowledge of the fundamentals of arrangement and description, as well as prior experience with Encoded Archival Description and Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS), and basic knowledge of analog audiovisual media carriers. A pre-recorded lecture on audiovisual formats will be provided in the course portal prior to the workshop for those interested.

A&D Tier: Tactical and Strategic

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.

5. Discovery: Create tools to facilitate access and disseminate descriptive records of archival materials.

Fees: Advance / Regular 

SAA Members: $239 / $289

Employees of SAA Member Institutions: $299 / $339

Nonmembers: $339 / $399


  • I thought this class was very practical and useful.
  • Being able to share established standards and known challenges to resource providers, so they have increased confidence about the science as well as the art of what we must do to truly archive AV.