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:


Please note that the ASA Registration and Attendance Policy applies to our workshops.


Institutional Membership Review Workshop

Date: February 4, 2022

Time: 10 am to 12:00 pm MST

Instructor: Rene Georgopalis, Executive Director/Archives Advisor, Archives Society of Alberta

Location: Videoconference on Zoom

Costs: Free, institutional member-only event


ASA is offering a free workshop to its Institutional Members regarding membership reviews. The aim of the workshop is to assist your site in completing the review application. Full Institutional Membership at ASA is an accreditation program and those members in the program have shown that they adhere to best practices in the archival profession. The program has been offered at ASA since 1999 and gives members a number of benefits including access to Alberta On Record, the Loan Program, collaborative outreach efforts, participation in the Institutional Forum, and other services when funding is available such as the Access to Holdings program, the Flood Advisory Programme or other benefits based on member needs. ASA full Institutional Members are the core of the institutional archival community in the province. ASA presents the needs of these members to provincial and federal governments.

ASA Institutional Members are reviewed every 5 years to show that they still adhere to ASA’s criteria for institutional membership. This workshop will guide you through the review application process and allow time for Q&A.

If you have any questions about this workshop or are an institutional member and did not receive an invitation, please contact Rene at reneg(@)