Professional Development

The Professional Development Committee sponsors low cost workshops on all aspects of the archival enterprise. Recent workshops have dealt with topics as varied as magnetic media preservation, archives security, religious archives, and EAD.

In addition to creating its own courses, SSA’s Professional Development Committee works with the Society of American Archivists, Amigos, SOLINET, NEDCC, and other organizations to bring major training sessions and nationally-known instructors to the Southwest. SSA works to ensure that its upper-level educational offerings are eligible for Archival Recertification Credits (ARCs) from the Academy of Certified Archivists.

New Workshop

Introduction to TARO: Encoding and Submitting Finding Aids
Date: Monday, February 12, 2018
Time: 10 am - 5 pm (full day) or 1 - 5 pm (half day)
Cost: $85 (full day - price includes box lunch)/$50 (half-day)
Location: Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, Texas
Trainers: Amy Bowman and Amanda Focke

Description: This workshop will teach the hands-on basic skills needed to participate in TARO, including basic XML familiarity and editing, EAD familiarity, how to upload files to TARO, and troubleshooting. The full day is recommended for those with little or no TARO, EAD, or XML experience. The half-day (afternoon only) is recommended as a refresher for those who might feel rusty and/or have work environment changes which have changed their approach to TARO (such as using collection management software now instead of hand-encoding XML).

The workshop is open to anyone but is focused on TARO guidelines and workflows. This is not an intensive EAD course, which is offered as a two-day workshop by SAA (http://www2.archivists.org/profeducation/course-catalog/encoded-archival-description-ead3) or an intensive XML class, but will show the basics to get you started and share resources to help you once you return to your workplace.

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For more information about SSA's professional development program please contact:

Amy Allen

Chair, Professional Development Committee

University Archivist

University of Arkansas Libraries



Do you have special skills or knowledge that you would like to share in a workshop?

Would you like experience creating and leading a workshop?

• An important membership benefit is the opportunity to present workshops

• Presenting a workshop can be an invaluable learning experience
• It is an excellent opportunity to organize special knowledge you may have

• It is an excellent way to acquire practice in public speaking, teaching, and working with workshop participants

• Being a workshop instructor is also an excellent qualification to have on your vita for hiring and promotion purposes

If you would like to discuss the possibility of teaching an SSA workshop, please feel free to contact the chair of our Professional Development Committee.
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