Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS) #0130


Fri, Nov 6, 2009
National Park Service, Western Archeological and Conservation Center
Tucson, AZ

Early-Bird Registration Deadline: October 12, 2009

Co-Sponsor: National Park Service - Western Archeological and Conservation Center


Lodging & Travel Information

Hotels near National Park Services, Western Archeological & Conservation Center
255 N. Commerce Park Loop
Tucson, AZ 85745

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Workshop Fees

Registration Type Fees: Early-Bird / Regular

Full Registration #0130

SAA Member $185 / $235
Employees of Member Institutions $210 / $260
Nonmember $235 / $285

Workshop Description

Want practical strategies for implementing DACS? This is the introductory workshop for you!

Get an in-depth, practical consideration of the key concepts and descriptive elements in Describing Archives: A Content Standard , the U.S. standard. Explore strategies for incorporating this standard into workflows for accessioning, arrangement, and description through discussions and hands-on work with a variety of exercises, culminating in a DACS-based analysis of existing finding aids. This workshop, a basic introduction to the standard, focuses on application of DACS rules and concepts, which participants can apply to repository processes and descriptive outputs.

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

  • Apply the rules to formulate the content of descriptive elements for a minimal standardized description;
  • Understand the different application of DACS in single- and multi-level descriptive outputs;
  • Integrate DACS into basic repository processes such as accessioning, arrangement, and description;
  • Articulate how integration of a content standard into basic repository processes facilitates reuse of information in a variety of outputs.

*Workshop fee includes the SAA publication, Describing Archives: A Content Standard  (a $35 value!).

Who should attend? Anyone whose work includes accessioning, arranging and describing, or supervising employees who do that work.


When participants were asked "what aspect of the workshop methods/materials was most valuable to you?" responses included:

  • "Group work and accompanying discussion. All of the feedback was very educational. The entire presentation was clear, even-paced, and informative." - Peter K. Steinberg 
  • "Everyone should take this - it's a good how-to-write-finding-aids workshop, so it does double-duty!" - Judy Farrar
  • "Application of rules to practice. Hands-on activities (exercises)." - Betsy Pittman
  • "Identity elements - especially title, wil make me rethink how I will supply titles in the future." - Burton Altman 
  • "Clarification of what DACS is and is not; emphasis on elements rather than name formation; demonstration of output options; exercises were very helpful." - Melissa Watterworth 

Attendance limited to 30.

Workshop Agenda

Event Name Date & Time Instructors/Speakers & CEUs

Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS) #0130

Fri, Nov 6, 2009
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Roslyn Holdzkom (Instructor)

Archival Recertification Credits: 5
General CEU Credits: 0.75