38 Earn Digital Archives Specialist Certificates from Society of American Archivists

CHICAGO — Congratulations to the 38 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 January 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: 

Garrett Boos, PREIT; Palash Bosgang; Peter Carriveau, Ortho-Molecular Products; Chun Man Chan; Matthew Clark, Najmy Thompson PL Attorneys at Law; Cecilia Contreras; Marilyn Creswell; Janet Daly; Amanda Demeter, Tacoma Community College; Eirini Vasiliki Diamessis, Cornell University Library; Anna Dysert; Jennifer Follen; Alphie Garcia; Matthew Golebiewski, Union College; Tressa Graves, University of North Dakota; Richard Green, National Archives at College Park; Nellie Hankins; Paulina Hem; Christopher Larsen, Richmond Public Library; Amelia Licavoli; Amy Lisinski, Archdiocese of Milwaukee; Karen Majewicz, University of Minnesota Libraries; Sean Martin, Western Reserve Historical Society; Annie Matthys; Kimberly McCauley, Princeton University Library; Laura McGuiness, Los Alamos National Laboratory; Anna Maria Mihalega; Nicole Milano, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine; Ian Nielsen; Karen Norberg-Wolynez; Trevor Polasek, Dominican Sisters of Hope; Derek Rieckens, Catholic Theological Union; Sara Ring, University of Minnesota Libraries; Jeremy Smith, Archives of Appalachia, East Tennessee State University; Wendy Stephens; Israt Turner-Rahman; Melissa Wertheimer, Library of Congress; Elizabeth Wood.

A total of 791 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).