Education & Workshops


DAS Curriculum and Certificate Program

Follow Erica Boudreau's blog on her experiences in the DAS program at her blog, Diary of a DAS Student.

Workshops

Copyright Fundamentals for Archivists and Librarians

Full-day Workshop: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Registration Minimum: 15

Registration Maximum: 40

Instructor:
Peter Hirtle, Harvard University


In many institutions, the uncertain copyright status of some archival and special collection materials can make archivists and librarians uncomfortable. As repositories think about making more material available on the web, anxiety about possible copyright infringement increases. This workshop will explore what strategies special collections can follow to minimize the risks when reproducing and distributing unique and/or unpublished material. Topics covered will include an introduction to basic copyright law and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act; exceptions to copyright restrictions, such as fair use and the specific exemptions for libraries and archives; methods for assessing the copyright status of materials; and issues associated with particular formats. Attendees will gain a better understanding of how to work with senior administrators to address institutional risk.

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Project Management for Archival Processing

Full-day Workshop: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Registration Minimum: 15

Registration Maximum: 40

Instructor:
Vincent Novara, University of Maryland

This workshop offers archivists introductory techniques and common tools for project management, focusing particularly on strengthening prioritization skills and workflow planning for processing projects. The workshop will also address interpretive projects such as exhibitions and digital initiatives. Attendees from any size repository, including lone arrangers, will learn how to define project goals and objectives, compose project objective statements, establish work breakdown structures, estimate project budgets, create project and communication plans, schedule and track tasks using Gantt Charts, and conduct a post-project evaluation. The workshop will show how standard project management terminology can be applied to common archives tasks, as well as give an overview of Earned Value Assessment.

Workshop full-Please email NEA's Registrar, Emily Tordo, to be placed on a waitlist.


Caring for Historical Records: An Introduction

Full-day Workshop: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Registration Minimum: 15

Registration Maximum: 26

Instructor: Anne Ostendarp, Consulting and Project Archivist

Geared toward those responsible for the care of historical records or those interested in developing a historical records collection, this workshop will be especially useful for staff and volunteers working in libraries, museums, historical societies, or municipal governments who have little or no formal training. Through a combination of lecture, group discussion, and exercises, participants will get an overview of the fundamentals of archival organization, including the basic principles and practices of identification, acquisition, preservation, arrangement, and description of historical records. Topics of access, reference, outreach, and policymaking will also be explored.

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Arrangement and Description

Full-day Workshop: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Registration Minimum: 15

Registration Maximum: 26

Instructor:
 Barbara Austen, Connecticut Historical Society


Intended for those with some archival training, this workshop will focus on day-to-day decisions one faces in arranging and describing archival manuscript collections that have minimal order. Topics covered include finding aid design, elements of finding aids, guidelines for establishing series and sub-series, basic conservation practices, and handling problem materials, with an emphasis on creating access to collections. Participants are encouraged to bring their questions about processing collections.

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The Society of American Archivists also hosts a wide range of live workshops and webinar.

For more information on these educational opportunities, check out their website.


Education Committee Membership

Co-Chair: Stephanie Call, (March 2015 - March 2017)
Kate Wells (Spring 2014 - Spring 2017)
Michelle Chiles, (Fall 2013 - Fall 2016)
Amanda Strauss (Spring 2014 - Spring 2017)
Elizabeth Roscio (Spring 2014 ­ - Spring 2017)
Lily Troia, Student Member, (March 2015 - March 2016)
Caleigh Ross, Student Member, (March 2015-March 2016)
Tessa Cierny, Board Representative, Member-at-Large
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