CHICAGO—Thirty-two archivists earned the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) certificate from the Society of American Archivists (SAA) after completing required coursework and passing a comprehensive examination in February. SAA’s DAS certificate program was developed by experts in the field of digital archives and provides archivists with the information and tools needed to manage the demands of born-digital records.
DAS certificate holders must complete nine courses from four tiers: Foundational, Tactical and Strategic, Tools and Services, and Transformational, and pass the comprehensive examination. DAS certificate holders have the skills to understand the nature of electronic records; define requirements, roles, and responsibilities related to digital archives; formulate strategies for appraising, describing, managing, organizing, and preserving digital archives; plan for new tools and technologies and integrate them into existing functions to appraise, capture, preserve, and provide access to digital collections; curate, store, and retrieve original masters and access copies of digital archives; and provide reliable service related to electronic records and digital archives.
The new Digital Archives Specialists are: Michael Arbagi (Missionary Society of St. Columban), Joanne Archer (University of Maryland), Sylvia Augusteijn (The George Washington University), Michala Biondi (The Jewish Theological Seminary of America), Stephanie Bricking (Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County), Elizabeth Caringola (University of Maryland), Elizabeth Anne Comeaux (The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio), Eric Crockwell (AstraZeneca), Vincent J. Crolla (Western History Center, Casper College), Rachael Dreyer (American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming), John M. Fiedor (Center for Sacramento History), Melissa G. Gonzales (Witte Museum), Sarit F. S. Hand (Associated Press Corporate Archives), Jaime Henderson (California Historical Society), Byron T. Hooten (Cape Fear Community College), Luciano Johnson (Frick Art Reference Library), Jennifer Kirmer (Washington University in Saint Louis), Paula A. Little (UW Medicine), Adam Luke (Brigham Young University–Idaho), Susan Malsbury (New York Public Library), Pamela Price Mitchem (Appalachian State University), Anna Naruta-Moya (State of New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs Historic Preservation Division), Heather Oswald (Kennesaw State University), Matt Ransom (Appalachian State University), Suzanne Reller (University of Cincinnati Libraries), Laurel M. Rozema (Virginia Tech), Josh Schneider (Stanford University), Gail Truman (Truman Technologies), Carol Waggoner-Angleton (Georgia Regents University), Lorain Wang (Getty Research Institute), Alison White (United States Senate), and Sandra E. Yates (The Texas Medical Center Library).
A total of 215 people have earned Digital Archives Specialist certificates since the program began in October 2011. Currently, there are more than six hundred participants in SAA’s DAS program who are working toward earning a certificate. For more information, visit www2.archivists.org/prof-education/das or contact SAA Education Director Solveig De Sutter (email@example.com).