Arrangement and Description of Audiovisual Materials

Certificate Eligibility: 
A&D
Credits: 
5 ARC, 0.75 CEU
Length: 
1 day
Format: 
In-Person
Max Attendees: 
30
Tier: 
Tactical & Strategic
Description: 

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.

Learning Outcomes: 
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.
Faculty: 
Co-Sponsor Provides: 
  • Classroom-style (6-foot tables with 2 chairs or 8-foot tables with 3 chairs)
  • Lectern
  • Table at the front of the room
  • Instructor workstation (a PC or laptop that runs Windows [version 7 preferred], Acrobat Reader, and Microsoft Office, and has 2 available USB ports)
  • Internet access
  • LCD projector
  • Projection screen
  • Plenty of electrical plugs for attendee computers (laptops are not required for this course but attendees may bring them)
  • White board, erasable markers, and eraser OR flip chart with markers
  • Coffee/tea/water for morning break
  • Water/assorted soft drinks for afternoon break