Congratulations to the fourteen newly minted Digital Archives Specialists (DAS). These archivists were the first to earn a DAS Certificate from the Society of American Archivists (SAA) after completing required coursework within twenty-four months and passing comprehensive examinations in August 2013.
The innovative DAS Curriculum, developed by experts in the field of digital archives, is structured around seven core competencies: understanding the nature of records in electronic form; defining for a variety of audiences the requirements, roles, and responsibilities related to digital archives; formulating strategies and tactics for appraisal, description, management, organization, and preservation; integrating technology to provide access to digital collections; planning for the integration of new tools for successive generations of technology; curating, storing, and retrieving original masters and access copies of digital archives; and providing dependable organization and service to designated communities across networks. Participants complete nine required courses from four tiers addressing these competencies.
The new Digital Archives Specialists are:
“I’m happy to have earned the Certificate,” said new Digital Archives Specialist Nancy Hadley of The American Institute of Architects, “As a lone arranger, DAS courses filled my knowledge gap and I’m now working toward designing a digital archives for my organization.”
Currently, there are 858 participants in SAA’s DAS program who are working toward earning a certificate.