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Tuesday, August 18 • 9:00am - 5:00pm
Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS) [Updated!] #1619 LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available

Course Fees: Advance / Regular

SAA Members
: $189 / $249
Employees of SAA Member Institutions: $219 / $279
Nonmembers: $249 / $299

Course Description (1 day, .75 CEUs, 5 ARCs)

Get an in-depth introduction to the key principles, concepts, and elements of Describing Archives: A Content Standard, the most recent revision of the U.S. standard for describing archival materials and their creators. Learn how to implement and incorporate DACS into workflows for accessioning, arrangement, and description through discussions and hands-on work with a variety of exercises designed to help you identify required elements and create a variety of descriptions. This workshop focuses on application of DACS rules and concepts, which participants can integrate into local repository processes and descriptive outputs.

Upon completion of this course you'll be able to: 

  • Articulate what DACS is (and isn’t), and how its basic principles relate to archival theory and practice;

  • Distinguish between minimal and value-added descriptions for archival materials and creators;

  • Apply DACS rules to identify and formulate required elements of archival description; and

  • Learn how DACS can be applied to the various activities of the archival enterprise.

Who should attend? Anyone whose work includes accessioning, arranging, and describing, or who supervises employees who do that work.

You must bring a print copy of the DACS 2nd Edition OR a laptop and/or tablet to access the publication via the SAA Standards Portal, as your instructor will ask you to follow along or look at parts of this text. 

A print version is available for purchase in the SAA Bookstore, and you’ll have the option to purchase the print version during the online registration process.

Knowledge assumed for this course:  Fundamentals of arrangement and description of archival records.  

Attendance is limited to 35. 


Gordon Daines

Director and Editor of the Journal of Western Archives; Curator, L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Brigham Young University; Journal of Western Archives
J. Gordon Daines III is the curator of Research and Instruction Services and the Yellowstone collection in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections at Brigham Young University. He also serves as the director and editor of the Journal of Western Archives.

Tuesday August 18, 2015 9:00am - 5:00pm EDT
Digital Public Library, Room 341 Cleveland Public Library, 325 Superior Ave., N.E., Cleveland, OH 44114

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