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How to Tame your Dragon: Learning to Befriend your Backlog through Efficient Processing

  • 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


Kelly Spring is the Archivist for Special Collections at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). As an archivist, she spends a lot of time in meetings, but also manages to coordinate the accessioning and processing of UCI’s archival collections. She holds a master’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University and an honorary Dragon Taming degree from over twelve years in the archival profession.  

Workshop description:

This workshop will take place in the magical California High Sierra where archivists aspire to follow the tradition of becoming a backlog slayer. The instructor will guide participants through exercises that inspire the development or enhancement of scalable, flexible processing programs that are designed to gradually tame the archival backlog. Attendees will create their own output and come away with solutions tailored to their institution’s specific needs. Topics covered will include archival project management, extensible processing, and ethics in the face of a changing archival landscape. The workshop will also address working with volunteers, interns, and student workers, and how to include born-digital material in your processing program. Attendees are encouraged to bring laptops, questions, and dragon stories to share with the group.

Who should attend:

This participatory workshop is for anyone—from lone arrangers to archivists at large institutions–interested in taming collection backlogs.

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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