34 Earn Digital Archives Specialist Certificates from Society of American Archivists

CHICAGO — Congratulations to the 34 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 2023.

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:

Alexander Waterman, The Kitchen; Amy Gragert; Angela R. SchwarzAngela Wai-sum LIU, HKSAR Government; HUI Sung Tak, HKSAR Government; Brianna L. LoSardoDavid Creamer, Defense Visual Information Records Center; Dom Curry, George A. Smathers Libraries; TSE Wing-chiu Edmund, Government Records Service; Fatemeh Rezaei, RLB Library, University of Baltimore; Grace E. TrimperHannah Marshall Bawden, Alabama Department of Archives and History; Heather McGowanJane FiegelJenny KornsLauren E. Davis, Texas State Library and Archives Commission; LEUNG Sing-ki, Government Records Service; Lorca JoleneKwan Hon HoMatthew Van HorneMihaela Andreea SerbanKAM Ming Ting, Government Records Service; Neill Jason HarrisOlivia Doiron, Department of Defense; Patrick BurdenRebecca M. FullertonRegina DeSantiagoRidgeway Boyd MurphreeVirginia L. Ellison, South Carolina Historical Society; William CorriganVal GempisAlee RobinsEleanor GleasonAlyssa Ollier.

A total of 891 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).