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Pre-AGM Workshops

Take advantage of one of these two great educational opportunities held just before the AGM begins, at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach.

SCA is striving to keep prices low on the workshops it offers, and accordingly, is paying part of the  registration fees for SCA members.

Questions about Pre-AGM Workshops? Contact Jennifer Goldman  <jgoldman@huntington.org>

Digital Curation: Creating an Environment for Success # 1266 (SAA DAS)

A one-day workshop
Thursday, April 26, 8:00-5:00

Cosponsored by SCA and the Society of American Archivists

Presenter: Jackie R. Esposito

Registration is limited to 30 people.

Fees: Early-Bird/Regular
SAA Member $185 / $235
Employees of Member Institutions $210 / $260
Nonmember $235 / $285

SCA Members Scholarship:  Confirmed SCA members will receive a $100 scholarship when registering for this workshop on the SAA website. To claim this scholarship, no application is necessary. Simply enter the promo code listed on this Workshop's (SCA Members Only) page in the "promo code" field on the SAA website.

To Register, go to the SAA website.

Digital archives require professional curatorial practices just as paper archives do! In this course you’ll discover the differences and similarities between curating paper and electronic records, a system of best practices for digital curation, and review what any institution needs to implement to ensure the success of its own digital curation.

Upon completion of this course you’ll be able to:

  • Identify the components of team building and digital curation that are necessary to begin working towards a curation prototype in your institution.
  • Pinpoint areas to invest in locally to build knowledge and skills to meet the needs of a digital repository program at your institution.
  • Review existing digital repository characteristics that best illustrate roads to success.
  • Gain access to resources, guides, models, and best practices relevant to the digital curation/repository landscape.
  • Recognize and establish relationships within your organization to achieve a digital archives repository program.
About the Presenter:

Jackie Esposito has over twenty-five years of archival and records management experience. She has been serving as both faculty and administrator for the Penn State University Archives since 2001. She joined the faculty of the University Libraries in July 1991 as Assistant University Archivist for Records Management/Senior Assistant Librarian. She was tenured and promoted to Associate Librarian in 1998. Esposito co-authored Penn State's ElectRar: Electronic Records Repository Specifications Report, presented several conference papers on team management of born-digital records utilizing the Matryoshka (Russian Nesting) dolls theory, and served on the Society of American Archivist's Digital Archives Continuing Education Task (DACE). Among her other publications is the acclaimed, The Nittany Lion: An Illustrated Tale (Penn State Press). She runs her own archival consulting firm, Archives and Old Lace.

Preservation for Archives and  Archivists

A one-day workshop
Thursday, April 26, 8:30 - 4:30

Presenter: Kristen St. John

Registration is limited to 30 people.

SCA Member $60
Nonmember $90
Student (with copy of ID) $50

To Register, go to AGM Registration.


This one day workshop will introduce key preservation concepts for archivists. Whatever the size or range of an archives’ holdings, preservation planning can help prolong the useful life of all collections. The workshop will focus on basic theory and direct, practical applications of this information. Attendees will learn about:

  • Appropriate environmental conditions for paper-based records, books, audio-visual materials, and other physical holdings.
  • Housing and storage for archival conditions: from shelving to file folders.
  • Risks for archival holdings: disasters, pests, mold, and security.
  • Use and exhibition of archival collections.

As these concepts are discussed, attendees will consider how information is relevant to archival activities such as appraisal, processing, and patron use. While this is not a hands-on workshop, participation by all attendees will be strongly encouraged and attendees are welcome to bring questions and dilemmas they face in preserving their collections.

About the Presenter:

Kristen St.John has been the Collections Conservator for the UCLA Library since 2004. She holds an MLIS and an advanced certificate in conservation from the University of Texas at Austin's Preservation and Conservation Studies program. She has worked with special collections and archives throughout her career in institutions such as UCLA, Rutgers University Libraries, the Indiana Historical Society, the Library of Congress, and at Information Conservation Inc. Along with conservation work she has done preservation assessments for library and archival collections in small museums and historical societies.

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