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.


Pre-Conference Workshops


Faces without Time, Photograph Identification from 1859-1900

Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Time: 8:00-12:00

Cost: $50

Location: Hotel Palacio Del Rio, San Antonio, Texas

Trainer: Chester Cowen


Description: This workshop will give hands on training to identify photographs dating from 1859-1900, concentrating on portraits.  The workshop will look at methods for establishing date ranges by looking at specific photographers, fashions, backdrops, mounting thicknesses, mounting colors, and edge treatments for board stock mounted photographs and tintype masks.  Cowen will bring examples originating from every state in the SSA region for attendees to examine.  Attendees may also bring photographs from their own institution to practice identification. 


Registration: https://societyofsouthwestarchivists.wildapricot.org/event-2838770


Deconstructing Whiteness in Archives

Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Time: 1:00-5:00

Cost: $50

Location: Hotel Palacio Del Rio, San Antonio, Texas

Trainer: Samantha Winn

Description: This workshop is designed for archives professionals who want to critically and constructively examine how dynamics of whiteness affect their work. Participants will reflect upon critical conversations in the archival profession, including #ArchivesSoWhite, M. Ramirez’s 2015 article “Being Assumed Not to Be: A Critique of Whiteness as an Archival Imperative,” and outcomes of the 2017 Liberatory Archives Forum in Portland, OR. Following an introduction to key concepts and definitions, trained facilitators will lead attendees in a series of participatory dialogues and exercises designed to unify theory and practice.


Registration: https://societyofsouthwestarchivists.wildapricot.org/event-2838941


Digital Curation Planning and Sustainable Futures

Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Time: 9:00-5:00

Location: Trinity University Library

Trainer: Dr. Nancy Y. McGovern

Cost (early-bird): $199 (SAA member)/$279 (nonmember) 

Cost (regular): $249 (member)/ $349 (nonmember)

SSA members who are not a member of SAA will be offered a $25 discount; contact Lilly Carrel: clcarrel@utexas.edu for details


Description: This SAA course reviews the concepts, principles, and practices necessary for developing a digital curation program to effectively manage digital content (including archival records) across generations of technology. In addition, it will focus on the advocacy, preservation planning, and policy development necessary to manage digital content far into the future.

This course is part of the Society of American Archivists Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) Certificate Program (http://www2.archivists.org/prof-education/das). If you intend to pursue the certificate, you will need to pass the DAS examination (http://www2.archivists.org/prof-education/das/examinations) for this course.

SSA Registration:  



Payment must be completed through the SAA website: 



Refund Policy

Full refunds for SSA workshop registrations are available no less than 10 business days prior to the day of the workshop.  Refunds requested after that date will incur a $25 penalty.

Workshops requiring registration through the Society of American Archivists (SAA) are subject to the SAA refund policy.

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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