Upcoming Workshops 

The SCA Education Committee is pleased to announce two upcoming workshops for the Annual General Meeting that will be held at the Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite National Park. 

Both workshops are scheduled from 9:00am to 4:30pm on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. 

Registration is open until March 15, 2018.

Registration is limited to 25 participants for each workshop, so please register as soon as possible to secure your spot. Lodging at the discounted rate for Tuesday night is limited. Please reserve your room as soon as possible. For more information, see the SCA Annual General Meeting 2018 webpage.

Get Hands-On: Improving Descriptive Practices for Born-Digital Material in an Archival Context

Workshop description:

To improve the clarity and usefulness of finding aids and to promote consistency across campuses, digital archivists from throughout the University of California system have collaborated to develop the UC Guidelines for Born-Digital Archival Description, which was approved as a UC-wide standard in the fall of 2017. Developed by the digital archivists at UC Berkeley, San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, the Guidelines address and provide examples of born-digital description in each section of a standard finding aid. The Guidelines also include a controlled vocabulary for source media and links and crosswalks to DACS, EAD, EAD3, and MARC. In addition to walking attendees through the guidelines, the instructors will translate this UC-wide descriptive standard into practice through a series of hands-on exercises designed to equip participants with the skills necessary to create more accurate, transparent, and consistent description of both processed and unprocessed born-digital material.

Who should attend:

This workshop is for anyone who is currently working or who anticipates working with born-digital material. The workshop will have broad applicability, and is designed to accommodate participants who have minimal experience with processing digital material as well as those who have been working with born-digital materials for some time.


Shira Peltzman is the Digital Archivist for the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Library, where she leads the development of a sustainable preservation program for born-digital archival material. Shira received her master’s degree in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and was a member of the inaugural cohort of the National Digital Stewardship Residency in New York (NDSR-NY). In addition to the UC Guidelines for Born-Digital Archival Description, she has contributed to a number of collaborative projects and research initiatives over the past several years, including the Archivist’s Guide to KryoFlux.

Charlie Macquarie is the Digital Archivist at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Library, Archives and Special Collections department, where he oversees the implementation of the digital-archives program. Additionally, he is a Librarian in Residence and Library Research Fellow at the Prelinger Library in San Francisco, where he is interested in creative communities and alternative [digital] library practices that might be built on the library platform.

Register for this workshop:  Get Hands-On: Improving Descriptive Practices for Born-Digital Material in an Archival Context

How to Tame your Dragon: Learning to Befriend your Backlog through Efficient Processing

Workshop description:

This workshop will take place in the magical California High Sierra where archivists aspire to follow the tradition of becoming a backlog slayer. The instructor will guide participants through exercises that inspire the development or enhancement of scalable, flexible processing programs that are designed to gradually tame the archival backlog. Attendees will create their own output and come away with solutions tailored to their institution’s specific needs. Topics covered will include archival project management, extensible processing, and ethics in the face of a changing archival landscape. The workshop will also address working with volunteers, interns, and student workers, and how to include born-digital material in your processing program. Attendees are encouraged to bring laptops, questions, and dragon stories to share with the group.

Who should attend:

This participatory workshop is for anyone—from lone arrangers to archivists at large institutions–interested in taming collection backlogs.


Kelly Spring is the Archivist for Special Collections at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). As an archivist, she spends a lot of time in meetings, but also manages to coordinate the accessioning and processing of UCI’s archival collections. She holds a master’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University and an honorary Dragon Taming degree from over twelve years in the archival profession.  

Register for this workshop: How to Tame your Dragon: Learning to Befriend your Backlog through Efficient Processing

Financial assistance to attend a workshop is available!
The Walter P. Gray III Education Endowment Fund Scholarship offers funds up to $500 for registration and travel to SCA workshops. Submit an application form, including a proposed budget to Julie Graham (jgraham@library.ucla.edu) by February 16, 2018. Application forms and additional information are available here.

If you have a suggestion for a workshop topic, or if you have any questions, the contact info for the Co-Chairs of the Education Committee is on our Committees web page.

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