Congratulations to the thirty-three new Digital Archives Specialists (DAS). These archivists, who represent a variety of repositories from around the country, earned a DAS Certificate from the Society of American Archivists (SAA) after completing required coursework within twenty-four months and passing comprehensive examinations in November 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:
A total of forty-seven people have earned Digital Archives Specialist certificates since the program began in October 2011. Currently, there are 600 participants in SAA’s DAS program who are working toward earning a certificate. For more information, visit http://www2.archivists.org/prof-education/das or contact SAA Education Director Solveig De Sutter (firstname.lastname@example.org).