For those who were unable to attend the SGA workshop “A Guerrilla Approach to Digital Archives” taught by SGA’s own Richard Pearce-Moses, it was live-tweeted and all the tweets have been compiled into a tagboard. Please see https://tagboard.com/GuerrillaApproach/243372.
Instructor: Seth Shaw
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Empire Mills Room
800 Front Avenue
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Digital preservation is a complex topic with many challenges. Identifying and selecting the right tools to help solve those problems can be confusing. This one-day workshop will introduce a selection of tools supporting digital preservation and how those tools might be incorporated into a workflow. Participants will see demonstrations of several tools and will practice with a few using their own laptop computer.
Digital preservation tasks addressed will include data acquisition (for example, TeraCopy, FTKImager, and HTTrack), fixity checking and monitoring (LOC’s Bagger and AVPreserve’s Fixity), scanning for content or threats (e.g. bulk_extractor and Identify Finder), format identification (e.g. Jhove and Droid), format migration, environment emulation or virtualization, and projects designed to package many of these tools together (BitCurator and Archivematica).
To get the most from this workshop, participants should be familiar with basic digital preservation concepts such as fixity, checksums, migration, and emulation. They should have good computer skills — word processing, browsing the Web, email, copying and renaming files, and creating folders. They do not need more advanced knowledge, such as programming or database design, although familiarity with command-line interfaces and XML is useful. (Individuals with experience in digital archives or advanced skills are welcome to come and contribute to the conversation!)
Attendees must bring their own laptops.
Registration is $80 per person; this workshop is limited to 15 attendees. The registration deadline is October 7, 2015.
Refreshments will be served during the morning and afternoon breaks. Lunch will be the responsibility of the attendees.
For more information on the course or to register, click here.
Saturday, September 12, 2015
5800 Jonesboro Road
10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Lunch will be provided
This one day workshop will introduce archivists to the basics of digital archives, explaining the concepts of curating and preserving electronic records in terms of traditional archival practice. Participants will learn practical things they can do to acquire, preserve, and provide access to electronic records with limited resources and technical expertise.
Creating and sustaining a robust, trustworthy digital archives is hard work. The problems are complex, and even more perplexing as technology evolves and presents new problems. At the same time, archivists don’t have to build an ideal system. Instead, a “guerilla approach” looks for short-term tactics – inexpensive, simple steps that can help archivists move in the direction of the strategic ideal. Breaking digital archives into smaller pieces makes the problem manageable.
Participants will discuss the core functions of digital archives and how they parallel traditional archives. Which records should be selected and acquired? How should those records be arranged and described? How should they be housed and preserved? And what about access? Participants will learn how their existing knowledge can be adapted to digital archives.
The facilitator, Richard Pearce-Moses, will lead participants through a series of questions, call for possible solutions, and suggest some of his own.
Who should attend?
To get the most from the workshop, participants should understand the fundamentals of archival practice – appraisal and selection, arrangement and description, housing and preservation, reference and access. They should have good computers skills – word processing, browsing the web, email, copying and renaming files, and creating folders. They do not need more advanced knowledge, such as programming, database design, programming, or web design. (Individuals with experience in digital archives or advanced skills are welcome to come and contribute to the conversation!)
Registration is $80 per person; this workshop is limited to 15 attendees.
The registration deadline is August 29, 2015.
For more information and to register, click here.
About the instructor
Richard Pearce-Moses was a practicing archivist for thirty years before coming to Clayton State University to head the Master of Archival Studies Program in 2010. He is a Certified Archivist and a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists. In 2007, he received the Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology, and in 2009 the Library of Congress named him a Digital Preservation Pioneer.
About a “Guerrilla Approach”
The workshop name was inspired an article by Christopher A. Lee, “Guerrilla Electronic Management” in Records & Information Management Report 18:5 (May 2002). He notes, “We need to act now in ways that we can, rather than waiting for better solutions to come along.” Lee’s article quotes Jakob Nielsen, who coined the phrase, “insisting on using only the best methods may result in having no methods at all.” Participants are encouraged to read Lee’s article, online at http://www.ils.unc.edu/callee/guerrilla_erm_2002.pdf.
Sign up now to take part in the advocacy workshop sponsored by Friends of the Georgia Archives (FOGAH) at the SGA Annual Meeting. Training will be conducted by Joe Tanner of Tanner and Associates and will cover how to contact your representative so that your voice will be heard!
The training is free and is open to both members of SGA and anyone in the SE Georgia area who wants to participate. It will be on Thursday, November 8 from 3:00 to 4:30 PM at the conference venue, Sea Palms Resort on St. Simons Island, Georgia.
Registration is required because of the limited space. Please visit http://soga.org/events?eventId=574216&EventViewMode=2&CalendarViewType=0&SelectedDate=10/30/2012 to register.
Questions about the training? Contact Dianne Cannestra at email@example.com
Questions about registration? Contact Renna Tuten at firstname.lastname@example.org
Creating DACS-compliant finding aids using the Archivist’s Toolkit
Date: Friday, September 21, 2012 from 9AM-4PM
Location: Georgia State Archives, 5800 Jonesboro Road Morrow, GA 30260. Room 210
Take advantage of simple tools and current standards to describe your collections in a stream-lined workflow! This one-day workshop will consist of 2 parts: a review of the elements of DACS- Describing Archives, A Content Standard- and an instructional, hands-on workshop using the Archivist’s Toolkit to create DACS-compliant finding aids. Participants should be familiar with archival arrangement and description and have past experience creating finding aids using MS Word or other word processing programs; they should also be aware of EAD- Encoded Archival Description- though mastery is not required. Each participant should bring a laptop with the Archivist’s Toolkit Sandbox (Version 2.0) downloaded onto it (http://archiviststoolkit.org/support/sandbox2.0) and a short, medium, and long finding aid (both with series and subseries and without) to enter as practice.
The workshop will be led by Dana Miller, Manuscripts Archivist at the University of Georgia.
Archival Recertification Credits-ARCs: 5
Please address any questions or concerns to Dana Miller, email@example.com.
News from just next door in South Carolina…
No ever thinks of the disasters that could strike an archives or library.
Sure there are hurricanes, floods, and fires. But, what about the less obvious disasters like busted pipes, sewage leaks, or a leaky HVAC unit?
Do you know what to do when a sudden disaster befalls a collection at an archives or library?
In conjunction with the Palmetto, Archives, Libraries, and Museum Council on Preservation (PALMCOP), the Archival Students Guild is proud to host a disaster workshop. Preservation officer, Heather South will present “Disaster Recovery and Response: An Exercise in Disaster and Planning. Participants will gain hands-on experience in salvaging documents and other materials in the event of a disaster.
Where: South Carolina Department of Archives and History (8301 Parklane Road, Columbia, SC 29223)
Date: Saturday, March 26, 2011
What time: 10 a.m. (please arrive between 9:30 and 9:45)
Please complete the registration form by March 20, 2011. The registration form should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited to the first 30 people. Lunch will be provided courtesy of ASG.
Come rain or shine, this event will take place and wear comfortable shoes.
This year the SGA Annual Meeting will offer two educational workshops, including one for free!
Workshop 1: Description and Discovery
Workshop 2: Grant Basics for Your Institution (FREE)
Our own Savannah, Ga. is included in this year’s “Care and Identification of Photographs Week”. This four day workshop is a hands on introduction to the preservation of photographs. Details below.