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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 Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel.

SCA is always striving to keep prices low on the workshops it offers, and accordingly, is subsidizing the  registration fees for SCA members for the SAA workshop.

Questions about the Pre-AGM Workshops? Contact Jennifer Goldman 

Accessioning and Ingest of Electronic Records #14A1

A one-day course
Thursday, May 8, 9:00-5:00

Cosponsored by SCA and the Society of American Archivists

Presenter: Erin E. Faulder

Registration is limited to 35 people.

Fees: Early-Bird/Regular
SAA Member $189 / $249
Employees of Member Institutions $219 / $279
Nonmember $249 / $299

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

To Register, go to the SAA website.

Perhaps your institution has found itself in a situation where a prominent donor has offered a trove of significant Office documents and digital photographs stored on her hard drive; or, an important department is ready to transfer records of long-term value from a file server to the archives; or, a professor drops off an external hard drive and DVDs with video footage from a symposium featuring nationally recognized participants....

If you were unprepared or unsure of how to handle such a donation, this one-day course will introduce you to basic policies, resources, and procedures that will enable your institution to successfully accession and ingest common born-digital materials (Office documents, PDFs, images, audio, video, and email).

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

  • Discuss current practices and resources; and,
  • Develop policies and workflows best suited to your institution’s mission and resources.
About the Presenter:

Erin E. Faulder is the Archivist for Digital Collections at Tufts University where she oversees the creation of metadata by student workers, helps coordinate the appraisal, accessing, and processing of digital records, and manages the development and day-to-day use of the collection management system.

Erin is currently a member of the core working group for Archivists without Borders.

Erin holds a Masters in Library Science and a Masters in History from Simmons College and a B.A. in Classical and Medieval Studies from Bates College.

Media Rising Workshop:
Bringing Audiovisual Collections Back to Life

A one-day workshop
Thursday, May 8, 9:00 - 5:00

Presenter: Pamela Vadakan

Registration is limited to 35 people.

SCA Member $75
Nonmember $90
Student (with copy of ID) $50

To Register, go to AGM Registration.


Do you have film, video or audio recordings tucked away on a dark shelf in your collections? Silently waiting to return to the light of day? Media collections are seriously endangered by physical deterioration, lack of playback equipment and rapidly advancing format obsolescence. Most experts believe there is a short 15 to 20 year window of opportunity to preserve analog recordings. On top of the challenges of the physical material, there are additional challenges of low funding, limited resources in staffing and a shortage of "real" time. Preservation can be intimidating, including addressing metadata needs, potential rights issues and the technological complexities of audiovisual materials and the digitization process. 

How can we overcome these daunting challenges? What are the basic steps to process media collections? How do we navigate the permissions process when an audiovisual work may have numerous rights holders? Following this year’s AGM theme “Archives and the Public”, this workshop will cover not only the challenges of preserving media but also the potential rewards of providing online access. It will include opportunities to handle, inspect and catalog a variety of audiovisual formats. We will discuss current best practices, from assessment to cataloging to digitization to quality control to long-term storage, to help you feel more comfortable with audiovisual materials and address their preservation needs.

After attending this workshop, you’ll understand:

  • Best practices for preserving audiovisual materials,
  • Their preservation needs,
  • How to assess and catalog audiovisual materials.

About the Presenter:

Pamela Vadakan  is the California Audiovisual Preservation Project Coordinator at the California Preservation Program. 


Scholarships available!  Visit the Gray Scholarship page for additional information and an application form. Submit form, including a proposed budget, to: Jennifer Allan Goldman, jgoldman@huntington.org, by March 21, 2014. 

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