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

  • April 11, 2018
  • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • The Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, Yosemite National Park, California
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  • For student registration, please submit proof of enrollment to Marie Silva at msilva@calhist.org

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Pre-AGM Workshop: Wednesday, April 11, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

Yosemite National Park, California


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.

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.

The workshop is limited to 25 participants 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 AGM 2018 web page.

Registration open until March 15th, 2018.

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.

  • Questions about your membership? Contact Christy Horton
  • Questions about Registration? Contact Marie Silva.
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