ASA's workshops are advanced level courses. A basic knowledge of archival practice is recommended for enrolling in our workshops.
Describing Electronic Records: A Hands-On Workshop
Annalise Berdini, Digital Archivist, Princeton University
Shira Peltzman, Digital Archivist, UCLA Library
When: Friday, March 4, 2022 9:00 am – 12:00 pm MST (Please note, this date is full!)
AND: Friday, March 18, 10 am - 1:00 pm MST
Location: online course
Description: Creating finding aids and catalog records for digital material that adequately express the quality, quantity, and usability of the material has been challenging for archival practitioners. Using the UC Guidelines for Born-Digital Archival Description as a foundation and jumping-off point, this workshop will address the unique set of needs inherent to digital archival material and focus on improving descriptive practices in a real-world context. Participants will become familiar with a range of techniques to improve the clarity, usefulness, and consistency of finding aids, learn how to apply these efficiently at varying levels within a collection, and gain hands-on experience translating these into practice using real-world collections. This workshop is designed to be interactive. A series of hands-on exercises and activities will help participants hone their decision-making skills by providing real-life examples of collection materials and finding aids.
Who should attend: This workshop is for anyone who is currently working with digital archival materials. The workshop will ensure that practitioners leave with the skills and resources necessary to adequately express the quality, quantity, and usability of the digital material in their collections.
Class size: 12 (minimum) / 30 (maximum)
Cost: $60 (ASA member); $75 (non-member)
Member-Only Registration Opens: January 10
Non-Member Registration Opens: January 24
Registration deadline: March 4, 2022
Please note the March 4 offering is full. To register for the March 18 offering, visit: