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Education: SGA Workshops and Continuing Education Opportunities

SGA 2013 Spring workshop
SGA 2013 spring workshop

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

2015 Educational Opportunities

A Guerrilla Approach to Digital Archives

September 12, 2015
Georgia Archives
5800 Jonesboro Road
Morrow, GA
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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.

Lunch will be provided.

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.

Registration ends August 29, 2015.

Attendance limited to 15.

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

For more information on this course and to register, click here.

Digital Preservation Tools: A Sampler

October 21, 2015
Columbus Marriott
Empire Mills Room
800 Front Avenue
Columbus, GA
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 & AVPreserve's Fixity), scanning for content or threats (e.g. bulk_extractor & Identify Finder), format identification (e.g. Jhove & Droid), format migration, environment emulation or virtualization, and projects designed to package many of these tools together (BitCurator and Archivematica).

Refreshments will be served during the morning and afternoon breaks; lunch will be the responsibility of the attendees.

Who should attend?

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.

Registration ends October 7, 2015.

Attendance is limited to 15.

About the instructor

Seth Shaw is an Assistant Professor of Archival Studies at Clayton State University. From 2007 to 2013 he was the Electronic Records Archivist for Duke University Archives where he was responsible for everything born-digital in the University Archives and Special Collections. He has also taught workshops for the Society of North Carolina Archivists and South Carolina Archivists Association. Seth is a past chair of the Electronic Records Section of the Society of American Archivists and currently serves on its Steering Committee.

For more information on this course and to register, click here.

Visit our History section for a listing of past workshops.

View SGA's Scholarships page 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.

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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