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Archival Arrangement and Description -- the first installment in the new modular series TRENDS IN ARCHIVES PRACTICE -- explores three areas of evolution: the necessity to understand and use a range of descriptive standards to facilitate intellectual control and to improve access; the development of techniques to process born-digital or electronic records; and the methods used to make descriptive information about archives, and archival materials themselves, accessible via the Internet. Three modules are featured:
Module 1: Standards for Archival Description by Sibyl Schaefer and Janet M. Bunde. Untangles the history of standards development and provides an overview of descriptive standards that an archives might wish to use.
Module 2: Processing Digital Records and Manuscripts by J. Gordon Daines III. Builds on familiar terminology and models to show how any repository can take practical steps to process born-digital materials and to make them accessible to users.
Module 3: Designing Descriptive and Access Systems by Daniel A. Santamaria. Implementation advice regarding the wide range of tools and software that support specific needs in arranging, describing, and providing access to analog and digital archival materials.
About TRENDS IN ARCHIVES PRACTICE: This new, open-ended series of modules by the Society of American Archivists features brief, authoritative treatments -- written and edited by top-level professionals -- that fill significant gaps in archival literature. The goal of this modular approach is to build agile, user-centered resources. Each module will treat a discrete topic relating to the practical management of archives and manuscript collections in the digital age. Lots of modules are planned, and readers will be invited to mix, match, and combine modules that best satisfy their needs and interests.
Society of American Archivists
6x10 / 230pp. / Soft cover