Describing Archives: A Content Standard (Advanced)

Certificate Eligibility: 
5 ARCs, 0.75 CEUs
1 day
Max Attendees: 
Tools and Services

Building on the introduction provided in the Describing Archives: A Content Standard--Fundamentals workshop, this workshop will review options for fuller description and implementation of the standard. Participants will review the optimal and added-value elements in Parts I and II of DACS, including the selection of access points. We will also consider the implications of the revised DACS principles, such as user-centered and accessible description and documenting archival interventions on descriptive practice.

The Describing Archives: A Content Standard--Fundamentals A&D course was specifically designed as a precursor and prerequisite to this course.

Learning Outcomes: 
Describe the impact of the new DACS principles on descriptive practices
Apply DACS in review of optimal and added-value elements for description of archival materials and creators
Understand how controlled vocabularies are used in assigning access points
Assess descriptions of archival materials and creators, and plan for their repurposing or migration
Create local implementation guidelines for DACS
Who Should Attend: 

Anyone whose work includes accessioning, arranging, and describing, or who supervises employees who do that work.

What You Should Already Know: 

Individuals should have taken and passed the exam for The Describing Archives: A Content Standard (Fundamentals) prerequisite course.

A&D Core Competency: 
1. Arrangement: Understand the process of organizing materials with respect to their provenance and original order to protect their context and facilitate access.
2. Description: Analyze and describe details about the attributes of a record or collection of records to facilitate identification, management, and understanding of the work.
3. Descriptive Standards: Apply rules and practices that codify the content of information used to represent archival materials in discovery tools according to published structural guidelines.
4. Management: Demonstrate ability to manage physical and intellectual control over archival materials.
6. Ethics: Convey transparency of actions taken during arrangement and description and respect privacy, confidentiality, and cultural sensitivity of archival materials.
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