Congratulations to the twelve 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 2016.
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: Julie Cooper (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory), Kit Fluker (New York Public Library), Sarah Ganderup (Denver Public Library), Blake Graham (University of Nebraska at Lincoln), Katharina Hering (National Equal Justice Library), Aly Jabrocki (Colorado State Archives), Joyce Joseph (New York Public Library), Tal Nadan (New York Public Library ), Melanie Nef (LDS Church History Library), Melissa Robohn (Friends of the Academy Library), Adam Speirs (Douglas County Libraries) and Suzanne Stasiulatis (Pennsylvania State Archives).
A total of 312 people have earned Digital Archives Specialist certificates since the program began in 2011. For more information, visit www2.archivists.org/prof-education/das or contact SAA Education (email@example.com).