Email Archiving: Strategies, Tools, Techniques

Certificate Eligibility: 
DAS
Credits: 
5 ARC, 0.75 CEU
Length: 
1 day
Format: 
In-Person
Max Attendees: 
35
Tier: 
Tools and Services
Description: 

Email is a chronicle of our time; over 3.5 billion people currently use email, and on an average day, 281 billion messages are sent and received. Confidential and convenient, it provides critical insight into the lives and decisions of institutions and individuals alike.

 

To enable future scholarship and research, libraries and archives must capture, preserve, and provide access to the evidence that email holds. Yet email’s complexity has prevented many archives from approaching this work in a systematic way. Email is a complicated interaction of technical subsystems for composition, transport, viewing, and storage. And archivists must build trust with donors that are turning over these potentially sensitive accounts, capture the collections from many locations, process the multitude of email records, meet privacy and legal considerations, preserve messages and attachments, and facilitate access.

Learning Outcomes: 
Describe the unique properties of email, and demonstrate knowledge of the effects those unique properties have on email preservation and access.
Identify and respond to challenges (legal, technical, and staffing) associated with programs to acquire, preserve and provide access to email records.
Use one or more email processing tools to classify, arrange, and describe a simple email collection.
Develop an email processing workflow, for potential implementation in their own repository.
Who Should Attend: 

archivist practitioners, archivist managers, archivist administrators, museum professionals, records managers

What You Should Already Know: 

No prior experience necessary.

DAS Core Competency: 
3. Formulate strategies and tactics for appraising, acquiring, describing, managing, organizing, preserving, and delivering digital archives.
4. Incorporate technologies throughout the archival lifecycle.
6. Employ standards and best practices in the management of digital archives.
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