27 Earn Digital Archives Specialist Certificates from Society of American Archivists

CHICAGO — Congratulations to the 27 new Digital Archives Specialists (DAS)! These archivists, who represent a variety of repositories around the country, earned a DAS Certificate from the Society of American Archivists (SAA) after completing required coursework within twenty-four months and passing a comprehensive examination in May 2022.

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:

Whitney Barrett, Orange County Regional History Center; Erin Barsan, Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS); Erin Bostwick; Alexander CallahanDouglas Ray Carlson, Valdosta State University; John J. Coelho, Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library; Emily DuGranrutKatie FerrantePaul Fuller, University of Southern Maine; Joan Gandy, Douglas County Libraries; Karen Glenn, Brigham Young University, Harold B. Lee Library; Julia E. HuskeyIrene Lule, Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin; Tori Maches, University of California, San Diego; Theodore Mallison, Georgetown University; Nashieli Marcano, Furman University; Kelly McDonnell Horton, Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records; Sara L. McKeeNicole Mountjoy, University of the Pacific; Jenn Parent, The Museum of Flight; Katherine Santa AnaMarian A. Schad, Delaware Valley University; Leanne Templeton, United Church of Canada Archives; Lauren WashukAshley Williams, Hagley Museum and Library; Karl Wirth, Creighton University; Hallel Yadin.

A total of 815 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 (education@archivists.org).