I am forwarding at the request of the SAA Education Directors the following announcements for workshops at the upcoming SAA annual meeting in Birmingham, Alabama, that still have room and may be of interest to fellow travellers on this listserv. Please contact Solveig DeSutter and Patti O'Hara at <[log in to unmask]> for further information.

** Beyond the Static Finding Aid: Delivering EAD with Freely Available Open Source XML Tools

How can standardized encoding contribute to the effectiveness of archival information search and retrieval systems - whether within an individual repository or in a consortial setting? Attend this workshop and find out the answer to this question. Upon completing this workshop you will:
--Gain hands-on experience working with and evaluating a specific XML-based Open Source finding aids access system created for the workshop including writing XPath queries and evaluating encoding for consistency;
--Understand the contribution of encoding standards to an archival information access system;

Participants should have a good understanding of archival description and EAD encoding of archival finding aids… preferably having taken an EAD workshop or having significant experience using EAD. The instructors will be asking for an e-mailed EAD-encoded finding aid from each participant's repository approximately two weeks prior to the workshop. Analysis of encoding variation among participants' finding aids will serve as a basis for developing a better understanding of the role of standardized data in online archival information systems. You will be working directly with EAD tags and must understand the concept of validation and be able to interpret validation error messages referencing the EAD DTD.

William Landis, Manuscripts Librarian
Special Collections and Archives University of California, Irvine, CA
Liz Shaw, XML Programmer and Visiting Lecturer
Department of Library and Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh

** XML for Archivists and Librarians

Do you want to highlight finding aids or actual holdings by publishing them on the Web, but work in an institution that has limited financial and technical support for Web publications?  In this seminar you will receive an overview of the importance and application of open standards in Web publication and an introduction to electronic publishing of finding aids, using EAD, and full-text documents using TEI/MEP, as well as pointers on how to publish valid XML and open standards documents on the Web.

Upon completing this seminar you will be able to:
--Articulate the importance of using open standards in Web publication;
--Analyze the structure of finding aids and historical documents;
--Choose an appropriate DTD for publishing finding aids and historical documents;
--Describe how XML markup software works;
--Apply markup, including essential attributes;
--Describe low-tech methods for fast valid markup;

Participants will receive a CD with sample documents using low-tech markup tools at the end of the seminar.  Participants should have familiarity with Windows and have some experience with HTML publication.

David Chesnutt, Research Professor, Editor, and Project Director
University of South Carolina
Elizabeth Dow
School of Library and Information Science, Louisiana State University