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Archival Arrangement and Description -- the first installment in the 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 open-ended series 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. Modules treat discrete topics relating to the practical management of archives and manuscript collections in the digital age. Select modules are clustered together by topic (as they are here) and are available in print or electronic format. Each module also is available separately in electronic format so that readers can mix and match modules that best satisfy their needs and interests. Stay on trend with TRENDS IN ARCHIVES PRACTICE!
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:
“Archival Arrangement and Description provides archivists with basic knowledge on modern archival descriptive practices, giving an archivist at any size repository a solid foundation for making professional judgments regarding descriptive standards, born-digital records processing, and descriptive and access systems.” —Erin Lawrimore, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Provenance, Volume 31, Issue 1
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Society of American Archivists
(2013) PDF | 230 pp.