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Education: SGA Workshops and Continuing Education Opportunities



The Society of Georgia Archivists is committed to providing educational opportunities to its members as well as archivists around the region. SGA sponsors an annual workshop in the spring and another in the fall in conjunction with the SGA Annual Meeting. For more information about the work of the Education Committee, please contact education@soga.org.
    SGA 2013 spring workshop
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2014 Educational Opportunities

A Guerrilla Approach to Digital Archives
March 14, 2014
Georgia Archives
Morrow, GA
10:00 - 4:30 p.m.

This workshop has reached participant capacity; registration is now closed. Thank you for your interest in SGA's continuing education opportunities.

This one day workshop will introduce archivists to digital archives, explaining the basic 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 “guerrilla 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.

In this workshop, 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.

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 a 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!)

Lunch will be provided for all participants!

Registration fee: $25.

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If you have any questions, please contact Education Committee Chair Heather Oswald at hoswald@kennesaw.edu.

About the instructor

Richard Pearce-Moses was a practicing archivist for thirty years before coming to Clayton State University to teach in the new 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.


Visit our History for a listing of past workshops.

View SGA's Scholarships for funding opportunities for various continuing education activities, such as SGA workshops, the SGA Annual Meeting, the SAA Annual Meeting, and the Georgia Archives Institute.

Another great way to get involved with professional development is to participate in SGA's Mentoring Program.

ADDITIONAL CONTINUING EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES


Interested in pursuing a career in archives and records management?

Read So You Want to be an Archivist? An Overview of the Archives Profession.

 
 
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