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Summer 2018 Workshop - Principled Archivists: How to Make the Proposed New DACS Principles Work for You and Your Users

  • 2018-07-27
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Beinecke at Yale University | 121 Wall Street, New Haven, CT
  • 11

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Principled Archivists: How to Make the Proposed New DACS Principles Work for You and Your Users

InstructorS  |  Adrien Hilton, Harvard University and Maureen Callahan, Smith College

Co-sponsored by archivists round table of metropolitan new york, inc. (a.r.t.)

Friday, july 27, 2018

Is your description helping your users?

In this workshop, participants will test the proposed newly revised DACS principles, which provide an updated framework for archival description, against real-world researcher needs. This full-day workshop provides an opportunity for the archives community to learn more about the DACS revision process and the rationale behind revision. Most importantly, archivists will leave the workshop with a framework for determining how these principles can help structure a descriptive program.

In this lively mix of presentation, discussion, and active learning, participants will:
1) discuss and develop strategies for educating peers and colleagues about the proposed principles;
2) engage in activities and exercises that will teach them how to enact these principles at their home institutions;
3) learn how the principles can be a tool for advocacy and how to implement them.

With a fuller understanding of why and how the Technical Subcommittee on Describing Archives: A Content Standard (TS-DACS) revised the principles, as well as of how the current and revised principles interact and overlap both with each other and with Records in Context (RiC), participants will leave the session energized and equipped to integrate the principles more deeply into their own archival practice.

Everyone with an interest in archival description and the revised DACS principles is welcome.

Describing Archives: A Content Standard is sponsored and maintained by the Society of American Archivists. The revised principles are still in the community comment phase and have not yet been adopted by SAA Standards Committee or SAA Council.

Member registration rates apply to both NEA and ART members.

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Emily Atkins
NEA Treasurer
Harvard University Archives
Pusey Library - Harvard Yard
Cambridge, MA 02138

Please make all checks payable to New England Archivists.

For questions or concerns about accessibility and/or disability accommodations that you would like addressed before registration, please contact NEA’s Inclusion and Diversity Coordinator co-chairs Rosemary Davis and Rose Oliveira at for assistance.

CANCELLATION POLICY: NEA will issue a refund minus a $10 cancellation fee for up to 10 days prior to the meeting. Exceptions to the cancellation policy will be made at the discretion of the Registrar.

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