Introduction to Processing Digital Records and Manuscripts

Certificate Eligibility: 
90 minutes

The actual steps of processing digital materials are the same as for analog materials—it's how you conduct them that differ. This webinar introduces you to techniques for adapting traditional archival practices to the management of digital archival materials and serves as an introduction to the Arrangement and Description of Electronic Records DAS courses.


Based in part on Module 2: Processing Digital Records and Manuscripts by J. Gordon Daines III, (Society of American Archivists, 2013). The ebook of Module 2 is included in the fee for the purchaser. Module2 is part of SAA series Trends in Archives Practice, which addresses the practical management of archives and manuscript collections in the digital age. (Note: The ebook is single-user license and requires downloading of Adobe Digital Editions). Click here to buy additional copies of Module 2.

Learning Outcomes: 
Adapt traditional archival practices to managing electronic records and manuscripts
Select appropriate tools to use when processing digital records and manuscripts
Design and develop workflows for accessioning and processing digital records and manuscripts
Who Should Attend: 

Repository managers, archivists, practitioners, and anyone responsible for the arrangement and description of electronic records

What You Should Already Know: 

Participants should have basic electronic records experience (such as Basics of Managing Electronic Records and Electronic Records—The Next Step) as well as a strong foundation in arrangement and description

DAS Core Competency: 
3. Formulate strategies and tactics for appraising, acquiring, describing, managing, organizing, preserving, and delivering digital archives.
"Excellent high-level overview, especially correlating tasks and tools to analog processing."
"The class was well organized and had a lot of solid information."
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