Digital Archives Continuing Education Task Force (DACE)

Reports to: Committee on Education
Established: May 26, 2010
Final Report: April 30, 2011

Final Report of the DACE Task Force (May 16, 2011)

I. Purpose

The Task Force on Digital Archives Continuing Education is responsible for developing a detailed professional development curriculum on the subject of digital archives. This purpose derives from SAA's 2010 – 2014 Strategic Priorities, Technology, Desired Outcome 1: "SAA will provide education and training to its members to ensure that they are aware of relevant standards and adopt appropriate practices for appraising, capturing, preserving, and providing access to electronic records."

II. Committee Selection, Size, and Length of Terms

The SAA Vice President shall appoint three to five members with knowledge and expertise in appraisal, capture, preservation, and access to digital archives; in adult education, and in archival practice. All appointments are effective from August 1, 2010 through April 30, 2011.

III. Reporting Procedures

The Task Force will report to the Committee on Education at appropriate intervals, with a final report and recommendations to the Committee at its winter/spring 2011 meeting. The approved curriculum is to be implemented by the SAA staff in FY 2012.

IV. Duties and Responsibilities

A. Become familiar with existing SAA education offerings and the results of recent SAA continuing education surveys.

B. Seek input from SAA committees, sections, and roundtables as appropriate for leadership and guidance on proposed hierarchy of workshop development.

C. Modify the draft curricula and work plans per member feedback.

D. Deliver final draft and recommendations to the Committee on Education at its winter/spring meeting. Task Force members will be available for consultation as the FY 2012 budget is developed for Council adoption. The final work product should consist of the following:

  1. A list of workshop topics to be developed, including brief descriptions of the areas covered in each workshop.
  2. A "workshop tree" indicating how workshops (including existing offerings) build on and enhance each other.
  3. A list of possible developers and reviewers for each topic.

V. Meetings

The Task Force will meet one time at the SAA offices in Chicago and via conference call as needed to ensure completion of the curriculum by the deadline.

Created by the Council: May 26, 2010

Disbanded with thanks by the Council at its May 2011 meeting.