Managing Digital Records in Archives and Special Collections

Certificate Eligibility: 
5 ARC, 0.75 CEU
1 day
Max Attendees: 

Get ready to focus on the skills that administrators and managers—those archivists with oversight over their department or the entire archival enterprise of their institution—need to incorporate digital records management into their archives and special collections. We will discuss both the administrative and technical needs to successfully manage archived digital records, allowing you to make thoughtful and convincing arguments to staff and superiors grounded in knowing what it takes.


A laptop with wireless connectivity is required to participate in this course.

Formerly called Managing Electronic Records in Archives and Special Collections

Learning Outcomes: 
Describe the basic elements of a digital records program, including policy, authenticity, storage requirements, advocacy, and management strategies
Explain the issues surrounding creating policies governing the management of digital records in your organization
Evaluate workflows, systems, storage, and tools for managing digital records appropriate for your organization
Who Should Attend: 

Archivists, records managers, and special collections curators responsible for managing a digital records program

What You Should Already Know: 

Participants should have an understanding of archival practice and workflows. The Basics of Managing Electronic Records: Getting You Started webinar is recommended but not required.

DAS Core Competency: 
1. Explain the nature of digital records and their lifecycle.
2. Communicate and define terminology, requirements, roles, and responsibilities related to digital archives to a variety of stakeholders.
5. Strategically plan for the sustainability of digital archives.
7. Design a defined set of services for designated community.
"The overview was just what was needed and the technical aspects were presented with a wonderful bibliography to complement the presentation with more in-depth information."
"Content was arranged in clearly identified segments/parts, which made it easier to understand how the specific content fit into the bigger picture of managing electronic records. In short, the well-organized structure of this workshop made it much more understandable."
"Seth (the instructor) did a really nice job of keeping the workshop on track, and explaining concepts, tools, and practices of the management of electronic records in a clear, understandable manner. He provided a realistic assessment of some of the challenges institutions face in managing such records, while at the same time providing archivists with encouragement to take on the challenge. It is clear that he has ample experience in this field, and he did a good job of conveying the concepts of this topic."
"Case studies gave good examples of what others have done. Working with Archivematica gave me a good idea of workflow and skills I should acquire."
"I just want to mention that the electronic records course in Nashville was the most useful continuing education conference/workshop/meeting of any kind I have ever attended. I have real solutions for very real and worrisome problems, a much better and more confident approach to electronic records and plenty of answers to give people at my university when they ask about e-records. Just giving it an unsolicited thumbs-up." — Anna M. Stadick
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