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[F] Digital Curation: Creating an Environment for Success [DAS]

(1 day, .75 CEUs, 5 ARCs)
Category: Preservation and Protection

Digital archives require professional curatorial practices just as paper archives do!  In this course you’ll discover the differences and similarities between curating paper and electronic records, a system of best practices for digital curation, and review what any institution needs to implement to ensure the success of its own digital curation.

Upon completion of this course you'll be able to:

Workshop Objectives:
  • Identify the components of team building and digital curation that are necessary to begin working towards a curation prototype in your institution;
  • Pinpoint areas to invest in locally to build knowledge and skills to meet the needs of a digital repository program at your institution;
  • Review existing digital repository characteristics that best illustrate roads to success;
  • Gain access to resources, guides, models, and best practices relevant to the digital curation/repository landscape; and,
  • Recognize and establish relationships within your organization to achieve a digital archives repository program.
Who Should Attend?

Practitioners, Managers, Librarians, Museum Professionals, and Administrator who’ll be asked to design a digital archives or need to improve the operation of such an archives.

This course is geared to archival professionals whose institution is beginning to discuss digital content management for business records, publications, archival content, research data, and a host of other uses.

What Should You Know?

Appraisal of records, providing access to records, as well as some knowledge of digital preservation and electronic records.

This course is one of the Foundational Courses in the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) Curriculum and Certificate Program and builds on others including Basic Electronic Records, Thinking Digital, and Standards for Digital Archives. If you intend to pursue the Certificate, you'll need to pass the examination for this course.  Please follow Option 1 to access exam information.

The DAS Core Competencies Addressed in this Course:

#1: Understand the nature of records in electronic form, including the functions of various storage media, the nature of system dependence, and the effect on integrity of records over time.

#2: Communicate and define requirements, roles, and responsibilities related to digital archives to a variety of partners and audiences.

#3: Formulate strategies and tactics for appraising, describing, managing, organizing, and preserving digital archives.

#7: Provide dependable organization and service to designated communities across networks.

Attendance limited to? 35
Responses to "what aspect of the workshop was most valuable to you?" included:
  • [via email] "I just attended Digital Curation and I wanted to thank you for this extremely informative and enjoyable course. [It] was very encouraging, with clear instruction on the steps necessary for developing a digital curation program for the Archives. I especially appreciated your direction to the tools that are already out there and available for re-use, and suggestions for practical starting points and realistic goal setting. I feel grateful that I was able to attend, and especially grateful for the discount provided to members of SCA and SAA, making it affordable! Thank you again for the informative session." - Jolene Beiser
  • "The instructor had great personal insights and breezy style." -Margaret Welch
  • "Working groups and hot teams, statements of intent, relationships to build, how to communicate with funders - those things were the most useful."
  • "Practical advice! Refreshing and easy to understand."
  • "I got a great deal out of the advance materials. The presentation was focused, relaxed, and creative. It gave us the opportunity to connect with friends and other archivists." -Mary Grady
  • "As a beginner, I appreciated the overview of the concepts with real life illustrations, vignettes to flush them out."
  • "This was even better/more helpful than I expected. Very solid introduction, with practical tools to move forward." -Daardi Sizemore
  • "I appreciated the general overview of digital curation concepts and how to think differently about engaging people in your institution."
Classroom and AV Requirements

1. Room Set-Up: 

  1. Classroom Style (6 foot tables with 2 chairs or 8 foot tables with 3 chairs)
  2. A large table at the front of the room for the instructor to use to spread out teaching materials
  3. A white board with markers and an eraser or 2-3 flipcharts with markers
  4. A lectern.

 2. Required Audio/Visual Equipment:

  1. Instructor workstation [a PC or laptop that runs MS Office 2007 software (it must have PowerPoint) with a USB port available for plugging a memory stick into the computer]
  2. LCD Projector
  3. Projection Screen.

 3. Minimal Beverage Breaks:

  1. Coffee/Tea/Water for Morning Break and
  2. Water/Assorted Soft Drinks for Afternoon Break.