Intermediate Archives

Scheduled Dates

July 25 - 28, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT (Register Now)

Course Details
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Target Audience: 
Any staff that has been working with archival collections on a very basic level or those who want more information on how to better describe collections to assist their patrons.
Course Description

This class takes students beyond basic archival processing guidelines to address how to deal with specific types of items found in collections such as newspaper clippings and post-it notes. Attendees will take a more specific look at the description of items and folders. Both Encoded Archival Description (EAD) and Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS) will be explored more in-depth to help students create better finding aids.

Learning objectives for this session include
  1. Process different types of materials often found in collections;
  2. Accurately describe items found in collections;
  3. Use EAD and DACs to create better finding aids;
  4. Integrate preservation practices while working with collections;

Amigos “Introduction to Archives” class or a basic understanding of:

1. Archival practice including processing collections and selection of archival storage materials;

2. How EAD is used to create finding aids;

3. How DACS is used to describe finding aid content.

Homework Expectations

There will be one outside reading and one final assignment.

Session Information
Session Duration: 
This course consists of four 1-hour sessions.
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