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

  • April 24, 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Long Beach Hilton
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Principled Archivists: How to Make the New DACS Principles Work for You and Your Users

Wednesday, April 24th, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Long Beach Hilton, Second Floor, Room: Pacific II


Maureen Callahan is the steward for the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History at Smith College, where she is responsible for acquiring documentation of the ways that people have changed the world on behalf of women and other gender minorities. She has formerly worked as an archives technologist at Yale University and managed technical services at New York University. She holds degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Bryn Mawr College.

Carrie Hintz is the Head of Collection Services at Emory University's Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library where the manuscript processing, rare book cataloging, and collection management functions for the library.

Prior to coming to Emory, she served as the Head of Archives Processing at Columbia University's Rare Book & Manuscript Library. She holds an MSI in Archives and Records Management from the University of Michigan and an MA in American Studies from Columbia University. Carrie is particularly interested in developing and managing sane, efficient, standards-based technical services programs in special collections.

Workshop description:

Is your description helping your users?

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

The session will:

Provide an opportunity for session participants to discuss and develop strategies for educating our peers and colleagues about the revised principles.

Ask participants to engage in activities and exercises that will teach them how they can enact these principles at their home institutions.

Discuss the principles as a tool for advocacy and provide participants with strategies for implementation.

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

Participants will leave with a fuller interpretation of why and how TS-DACS revised the principles, how the old and new principles interact and overlap with each other and with Records in Context (RiC). We hope that participants leave the session energized and equipped to incorporate these principles deeper into their own archival practice.

The workshop is limited to 25 participants so please register as soon as possible to secure your spot.

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 Jennifer Martinez Wormser ( Application forms and additional information are available here.

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