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Sunday, July 31 • 9:00am - 5:00pm
Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS) #1705 LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available

Fees: Advance / Regular
SAA Members: $189 / $249
Employees of SAA Member Institutions: $219 / $279
Nonmembers: $249 / $299

Course Description
(1 day, .75 CEUs, 1 A&D, 5 ARCs)

This new version of Describing Archives: A Content Standard, the provides those familiar with the processes of archival arrangement and description and are comfortable with the basics of DACS (U.S. standard for describing archival materials and their creators) with an opportunity to work through a set of new, creative exercises and discussions designed to create effective, insightful archival description. This course is active and hands-on, and participants are encouraged to engage with one another and the instructor learning to use sound judgment in interpreting the principles and guidance that DACS provides.

Participants will receive an email in mid-July 2016 with a link to online video modules that provide an introduction to the key principles, concepts, and elements of DACS. It is imperative that participants know and understand the content of these videos prior to attending the course as instruction builds on the videos and concentrates on the application of DACS.

*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

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.

What should you know? You should have a basic understanding of the theory and principles of archival arrangement and description. 

Attendance is limited to 35.

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Jackie Dean

Head of the Archival Processing Section, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Jackie Dean is the Head of the Archival Processing Section in the Special Collections Technical Services Department at The Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received a B. A. in English and M.S.LS from UNC-Chapel... Read More →

Sunday July 31, 2016 9:00am - 5:00pm EDT
Room 208/209 Hilton Atlanta, 255 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303