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Sunday, July 31

9:00am EDT

Command Line Interface #1713
Limited Capacity seats available

*** Date Changed from Monday, August 1, to Sunday, July 31. ***

Fees: Advance / Regular
SAA Members: $205 / $265
Employees of SAA Member Institutions: $235 / $295
Nonmembers: $265 / $325

Course Description
(1 day, .75 CEUs; 1 DAS, 5 ARCs)

For archivists working in contemporary collecting institutions, basic digital skills are essential. As technology makes it easier to create text, image, audio, and video files and archivists continue digitizing analog collections, the impact of electronic records on our work only increases. For archives, there is a heightened risk of loss or inability to access these records if basic computing skills for ingest, management, and preservation are not acquired as part of the archivist’s toolkit.

In this course you will learn hands-on skills for working with digital archival objects at the most basic levels: files, data, and the computer operating systems in which they live. These basics establish manual and automated capacities for protecting the bits, automating/extracting metadata, and preparing for the next steps of building and managing digital archives. You will get an overview of the landscape of digital collections in archives, including digitized materials, born-digital acquisitions, and the various approaches employed in the field to acquire, stabilize, describe, store, and preserve collection content. And you will learn simple methods to deconstruct file formats in order to understand the difference between file metadata and file system metadata. More specifically, you will receive an introduction to and hands-on training in the use of command line programs for working with files and metadata that come included with many operating systems, as well as additional GUI and command line tools such as MediaConch (previously MediaInfo), ExifTool, MDQC, NARA FileAnalyzer, DataAccessioner, Bulk Extractor, Bagger/BagIt/Exactly, and Fixityall tools that support identification, transfer, storage, metadata generation, and monitoring of digital collections. You will come away with a clear knowledge of how to use computers' natural languages, how to combine multiple tools and skills, what role these play in collection management workflows, and a sense of how to implement their use. Participants will be required to use a laptop with all applications downloaded and installed in order to participate in hands-on exercises. All applications are available free of charge on the Internet. A list of applications and file sets will be distributed to participants.

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

  • Articulate the basic functions and components of computers, computer applications, and their salient features.

  • Describe the basic composition of an individual digital file and how computers and software create and work with them. 

  • Identify applicable data and metadata that enable a digital file to be understood, preserved, and used. 

This course is less about a specific processing approach and more about providing archivists with basic computing skills that will help them make use of any tools that come their way and will help them speak the native language of the computing environments in which files (archival objects) reside.

Who Should Attend?: Archivists, Managers, Practitioners, Museum Professionals, and Records Managers

Attendance is limited to 35.

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Bertram Lyons

Archivist, Senior Consultant, AVPreserve
Bertram Lyons, Senior Consultant at AVPreserve, is an archivist with expertise in digital acquisition and digitization. Most recently, Bert has worked with colleagues at the Library of Congress' American Folklife Center (AFC) to develop tools, policies, and partnerships around the development and management of digital collections. During his tenure, AFC has become a leader in digital preservation at the Library of Congress, having built their collection to over 500,000 digital objects and integrated... Read More →

Sunday July 31, 2016 9:00am - 5:00pm EDT
Undergraduate Learning Center, Clough Room 423 Georgia Tech Library, 266 4th St. NW, Atlanta, GA
Monday, August 1

9:00am EDT

9:00am EDT

Tuesday, August 2

9:00am EDT

Arrangement and Description of Audiovisual Materials #1714
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)

Learn how to arrange and describe archival sound, video, and film materials found in mixed-media archival collections. In the morning you'll focus on understanding archival audiovisual media with sections on format identification, evaluating content, and assessing institutional capacity for providing access for researchers. In the afternoon, you'll examine processing procedures in depth, including pre-processing assessment of archival audiovisual materials, intellectual and physical arrangement, describing audiovisual materials in EAD according to DACS, and strategies for processing audiovisual materials at minimal, intermediate, and full levels of processing.

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

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

  • Plan and implement processing of archival collections with audiovisual media

  • Identify archival audiovisual formats and assess content and generation

  • 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

  • Complete processing assessment and planning, arrange items physically and intellectually, and describe at collection/series/folder level using EAD and DACS using an example/case study

Who Should Attend?: Archivists with processing experience who are new to audiovisual media, as well as media archivists who are new to traditional processing

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).

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.

If you intend to pursue the A&D Certificate, you will need to pass the examination for this course.

Attendance is limited to 35.

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Megan McShea

Audiovisual Archivist, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Megan McShea is the Audiovisual Archivist at the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, where she has been developing and implementing a sustainable program for managing, preserving, and making available films, videos, and sound recordings from the Archives’ mixed-media... Read More →

Tuesday August 2, 2016 9:00am - 5:00pm EDT
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum

9:00am EDT