Strategies for Successful Archival Processing

Speaker Dan Santamaria
Dan Santamaria supervises technical services at the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library at Princeton University, where he directs processing, description and related digital projects. He has overseen the processing of thousands of linear feet of organizational records and personal papers since 2005 and has led projects related to archival description ...

Dan Santamaria supervises technical services at the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library at Princeton University, where he directs processing, description and related digital projects. He has overseen the processing of thousands of linear feet of organizational records and personal papers since 2005 and has led projects related to archival description and discovery that have received national recognition, including the Society of American Archivists' 2013 Coker Award for innovative developments in archival description. Dan has previously worked at the New York Public Library and both the Special Collections Library and the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan. He holds an MSI from the University of Michigan's School of Information and a BA in History from Wesleyan University. He is the author of Designing Descriptive and Access Systems, a module within the Society of American Archivists' Trends in Archival Practice series and Extensible Processing for Archives and Special Collections, to be published by ALA Editions in fall 2014. He also developed and teaches SAA's "Implementing More Product, Less Process" workshop and teaches advanced archival description in the Rutgers University School of Communication and Information.

Full Description

Registration for this program has reached full capacity. Please contact Laura Forshay at lforshay@metro.org to be placed on our waiting list. You will be notified if any space becomes available.

Please note: Because this workshop is being offered at a reduced price through special grant funding to support local collecting institutions, registration will be limited to those currently working in not-for-profit organizations that hold, collect, and make available historical records. Also, only one representative from each institution will be admitted, so please coordinate registrations accordingly.

This full-day workshop will focus on implementing strategies for improving archival processing and description and reducing processing backlogs. The workshop will begin with a brief review of processing fundamentals then move on to a discussion of their relationship to more recent approaches, including those outlined in Mark Greene and Dennis Meissner’s influential article “More Product, Less Process: Revamping Traditional Archival Processing.” Topics to be addressed include collection assessment and appraisal, arrangement, descriptive standards, preservation, and digitization. Development of processing plans, policies, and metrics will also be discussed. Case studies will be presented and discussed; participants are also encouraged to bring questions and examples from their own repositories.  By emphasizing decision-making, prioritization, and adherence to archival principles and standards, this workshop seeks to give participants the tools, confidence and freedom to increase access to their collections and improve user experience.

Who should attend: 
Archivists who process and describe archival collections or manage archival processing programs, and administrators interested in processing procedures within their repositories.

Objectives:

  • Implement strategies for reducing processing backlogs, including developing processing plans, policies, and benchmarks, and collection assessment strategies
  • Understand how descriptive standards such as DACS can assist in the creation of descriptive records that adhere to “minimum” requirements and assist in the reuse of data in a variety of outputs
  • Develop strategies for integrating processing with other archival functions, particularly accessioning and digitization.


This event was made possible with funds from the Documentary Heritage Program of the New York State Archives, a program of the New York State Education Department.

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When?

Wed, May. 28, 2014
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. US/Eastern

How Much?

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Where?

METRO Training Center
57 East 11th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10003