Professional Development

2017 Workshops


Please join us for 1 or more of these professional development opportunities in Fayetteville, AR! Hotel accommodations are available at The Chancellor Hotel in downtown Fayetteville.

Wednesday Pre-Conference

Privacy and Confidentiality Issues in Digital Archives (SAA DAS course)

Date: Wednesday, May 24

Time: 8.30 am – 5.00 pm (lunch on your own)

Location: University of Arkansas Libraries [This workshop will be held at the David Mullins Library, room 102, located at the University of Arkansas, 365 N. McIlroy Ave. Fayetteville, AR] 

Trainer: Heather Briston, MSI, J.D.

Registration for this workshop is through SAA website: http://saa.archivists.org/events/privacy-and-confidentiality-issues-in-digital-archives-1784/756/

Description: This course covers privacy and confidentiality legal issues specific to archives of digital material. You'll examine the intersection of (and the tension between) privacy/confidentiality, free speech and freedom to research/write, and focus on how electronic records and the digital realm have altered the scene. You'll look at privacy and confidentiality issues in the context of third party rights, donors, special situations such as medical and education records, national security legislation, and the overriding impact of the digital world. Through case studies, you will examine specific situations pertinent to the work of archivists. While participants should be familiar with basic concepts of privacy and confidentiality, a brief review of the development of these concepts will be provided to ground the discussion. The focus of the day will be on how to think through and identify options for resolving the most commonly-encountered privacy and confidentiality legal issues around electronic records.

This course is part of both the Arrangement & Description (A&D) Certificate Program and the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) Certificate Program. If you intend to pursue either certificate, you will need to pass the DAS examination for this course. 



Introduction to TARO: Encoding and Submitting Finding Aids

Date: Wednesday, May 24

Time: 10.00 am - 5.00 pm (full day) 1.00 - 5.00 pm (half-day)

Cost: $100.00 (full day – price includes box lunch)/$50.00 (half-day)

Location: SSA Conference Hotel

Trainer: Amy Bowman and Amanda Focke


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 2 day workshop by SAA, 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.

Digital Preservation Planning Workshop

Date: Wednesday, May 24

Time:  9.00 AM - 12.00 PM

Cost: $50.00

Location: SSA Conference Hotel

Trainer: Elizabeth Kelly, Jeff Rubin, and Cheylon Woods


Digital preservation is a challenge for library professionals from a variety of backgrounds and institutions. Developing a plan for preserving digital assets—whether born-digital archival materials, institutional records, or personal digital resources--is essential to ensuring their long-term survival. This workshop utilizes the Library of Congress’ Digital Preservation Outreach and Education baseline digital preservation curriculum. Regional topical trainers will present six digital preservation modules: Identify, Select, Store, Protect, Manage, and Provide. Through lecture, discussion, and hands-on activity, workshop participants will develop plans to begin or expand their institution’s digital preservation program. The workshop is ideal for professionals with little to no digital preservation experience who want to learn the basics of digital preservation. Participants will gain knowledge of current digital preservation practices and be better able to assess their institutional preservation needs.

Saturday Workshop

Archives 101

Date: Saturday, May 27

Time: 1.00 - 5.00 PM

Cost: $50.00

Location: SSA Conference Hotel

Trainer: Julie Holcomb


Archives 101 is an introductory workshop focused on the intellectual and physical care of collections of historic documents. This half-day workshop will cover the basics of archival management, including policy development, accessioning, appraisal, arrangement and description, physical care, and outreach of archival collections. Participants will receive practical advice, sample forms, and resources for additional training. This workshop is designed especially for those with little or no formal training in archives working in institutions with limited budgets for the intellectual and physical care of collections of historic documents.

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.

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

Rebecca Russell

Chair, Professional Development Committee

Archivist/Special Collections Librarian

Rice University



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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