Principled Archivists: How to Make the New DACS Principles Work for You and Your Users

Workshop instructors: 

Maureen Callahan, Smith College Libraries

Adrien Hilton, Houghton Library, Harvard University

Co-Sponsored by Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (A.R.T.)

Friday, July 27, 2018. 9am-5pm

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University, 121 Wall Street, New Haven, CT

Maximum number of registrants: 30

NEA/A.R.T. members $85

Student members $62

Non-NEA/A.R.T. members $100

Is your description helping your users?

In this workshop, participants will test the newly revised DACS principles, which provide an updated framework for archival description, against real-world researcher needs. This full-day workshop provides an opportunity for the archives community to learn more about the DACS revision process and the rationale behind revision. Most importantly, archivists will leave the workshop with a framework for determining how these principles can help structure a descriptive program.

In this lively mix of presentation, discussion, and active learning, participants will:

1) discuss and develop strategies for educating peers and colleagues about the revised principles;

2) engage in activities and exercises that will teach them how to enact these principles at their home institutions;

3) learn how the principles can be a tool for advocacy and how to implement them.

With a fuller understanding of why and how TS-DACS revised the principles, as well as of how the old and new principles interact and overlap both with each other and with Records in Context (RiC), participants will leave the session energized and equipped to integrate the principles more deeply into their own archival practice.

Everyone with an interest in archival description and the revised DACS principles is welcome.

Registration is limited to 30.

Some refreshments will be provided, but participants should be prepared to have lunch on their own.

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