Arrangement and Description: Fundamentals #1792  [A&D]


Mon, Apr 24, 2017,through Tue, Apr 25, 2017
Northwestern University Libraries
Evanston, IL

Additional details

Early-Bird Registration Deadline: March 25, 2017

Co-Sponsor: Northwestern University Library

Lodging & Travel Information

The Homestead
1625 Hinman Ave.
Evanston, IL60201

Workshop Fees

Registration Type Fees: Early-Bird / Regular

Full Registration #1792

SAA Member $289 / $349
SAA Student Member $216.75 / $261.75 (25% Off) limited to 5 members
Employees of Member Institutions $329 / $389
Nonmember $379 / $429

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Workshop Agenda

Event Name Date & Time Instructors/Speakers & CEUs

Arrangement and Description: Fundamentals #1792

Mon, Apr 24, 2017 -
Tue, Apr 25, 2017
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Susan Potts McDonald
Pam S. Hackbart-Dean

Archival Recertification Credits-ARCs: 10
General CEU Credits: 1.5
A&D Foundational Tier: 1

Workshop Description

This workshop introduces the basic principles, concepts, and tools that archivists use to establish both physical and intellectual control over archival records. These include developing accession records and processing work plans; identifying common arrangement schemes for certain types of collections, as well as various formats; and how to physically organize materials during processing. You will also learn the essential elements of a finding aid and the major descriptive standards that support these elements. Particular emphasis will be placed on the day-to-day decisions made in arranging and describing archival materials. You'll also participate in a set of exercises designed to emphasis the principles and concepts of arrangement and description.

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

  • Describe the principals and concepts of arrangement;
  • Apply the common arrangement of various types of collections and material formats;
  • Identify the essential elements of a finding aid;
  • Describe the major standards supporting these elements;
  • Identify basic tools that can be employed to facilitate management of arrangement and description; and
  • Demonstrate an understanding of best practice

Who should attend? This is an introductory (required if you work towards the A&D Certificate) course that can be taken as a refresher course on arrangement and description by repository managers, archivists, practitioners, and/or anyone responsible for the arrangement and description of archival records.

Knowledge Assumed for this Class: Participants are expected to have basic archival training and education. This course is one of the foundational courses in the Arrangement and Description Curriculum and Certificate Program. If you intend to pursue the Certificate, you'll need to pass the examination (forthcoming) for this course.

This course is part of the Arrangement & Description (A&D) Certificate Program. If you intend to pursue the A&D Certificate, you will need to pass the examination for this course.

The Arrangement & Description Competencies Addressed in this Course: 

  1. Arrangement: Understand the process of organizing materials with respect to their provenance and original order to protect their context.
  2. Description: Analyze, organize, and describe details about the attributes of a record or collection of records to facilitate the work's identification, management, and understanding.
  3. Descriptive Standards: Apply rules and practices that codify the content of information used to represent archival materials in discovery tools according to published structural guidelines.
  4. Management: Demonstrate ability to manage physical and intellectual control over archival materials.
  5. Discovery: Create tools to facilitate access and disseminate descriptive records of archival materials.
  6. Ethics: Convey transparency of actions taken during arrangement and description and respect privacy, confidentiality and cultural sensitivity of archival materials.

Attendance is limited to 24.