Upcoming SAA DACS workshop at Florida International University

29 Nov 2017 4:40 PM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

Fri, Dec 8, 2017

Florida International University Libraries
Miami, FL

For more information or to register, go to https://saa.archivists.org/events/describing-archives-a-content-standard-dacs-1815/803/

Workshop Description

Get an in-depth introduction to the key principles, concepts, and elements of Describing Archives: A Content Standard, the recently revised U.S. standard for describing archival materials and their creators. Learn how to implement and incorporate DACS into workflows for accessioning, arrangement, and description through discussions and hands-on work with a variety of exercises designed to help you identify required elements and create a variety of descriptions. This workshop focuses on application of DACS rules and concepts, which participants can integrate into local repository processes and descriptive outputs.

*This course is a requirement of the Arrangement & Description Certificate Program.

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

  • Articulate what DACS is (and isn't) and how its basic principles relate to archival theory and practice
  • Distinguish between minimal and value-added descriptions for archival materials and creators
  • Apply DACS rules to identify and formulate required elements of archival description
  • Learn how DACS can be applied to the various activities of the archival enterprise
Who should attend? Anyone whose work includes accessioning, arranging, and describing, or who supervises employees who do that work. Past attendees will find this class useful as a refresher as well as an overview of revisions to the standard.

What should you already know? Familiarity with the processes of archival arrangement and description

Attendees must bring a print copy of the DACS publication to the workshop OR a laptop and/or tablet to access the publication in the Standards Portal since your instructor will ask you to follow along or look at parts of this text. A print version is also available for purchase in the SAA Bookstore, and you'll have the option to purchase the print version during the online registration process.

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