Arranging and Describing Electronic Records

On March 8, 2013, in Research, by Chris Prom

Although I haven’t posted for quite some time, I’ve been very active with e-records issues lately.  In particular, I would like to note that I developed a course for SAA’s Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) curriculum: Arranging and Describing Electronic Records.  I have taught the course four times now; three times as a one day course and most recently as a two day course at the University of Texas Arlington. Each time I have taught the course, it has seen full registration, which has made for lively and informative discussions.

In one sense, the content of the course summarizes much of what I set out to learn and communicate during the the sabbatical project that gave rise to this blog.

I really enjoy teaching the course, and I think that now that it has been expanded into two days, the course is an ideal format to maximize the learning and implementation potential concerning the critical topics it covers.  One the first day,  we go over the the fundamental concepts (such as functional requirements, selecting tools and services that meet repository needs, forming an archival information packet, the value of DACS). and undertake some exercises aimed at helping people develop a workflow for their repository.  On the second day, we introduce advanced topics and have lots of time for hands on work, practice, and individual attention/question answering/discussion.

I think the course is particularly helpful since it touches on nearly every aspect of digital archives work, in hopes of helping people develop an understanding of the myriad factors–from appraisal to access–that must be considered to make an archival program effective at providing access to born digital materials.

My goal is to ensure that every single attendee leaves the course with a solid, practical plan to make immediate progress in arranging, describing, and providing access to born digital materials–whatever his/her background and institutional context.

If this is a topic that interests you, there are still spots available for the next time I teach the course:

Register while you can (and note the early bird deadline is nearly here!)


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