The actual steps of processing digital materials are the same as for analog materials--it's how you conduct them that differ. This webinar introduces you to techniques for adapting traditional archival practices to the management of digital archival materials and serves as an introduction to the Arrangement and Description of Electronic Records DAS courses.


Based in part on Module 2: Processing Digital Records and Manuscripts by J. Gordon Daines III, (Society of American Archivists, 2013). The ebook of Module 2 is included in the fee for the purchaser. Module2 is part of SAA series Trends in Archives Practice, which addresses the practical management of archives and manuscript collections in the digital age. (Note: The ebook is single-user license and requires downloading of Adobe Digital Editions). Click here to buy additional copies of Module 2.


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this webinar, you should be able to:


  • Adapt traditional archival practices to managing electronic records and manuscripts
  • Select appropriate tools to use when processing digital records and manuscripts
  • Design and develop workflows for accessioning and processing digital records and manuscripts


Who Should Attend?
Repository managers, archivists, practitioners, and anyone responsible for the arrangement and description of electronic records


What You Should Already Know:
Participants should have basic electronic records experience (such as Basics of Managing Electronic Records and Electronic Records--The Next Step) as well as a strong foundation in arrangement and description


DAS Core Competency:


  • 3. Formulate strategies and tactics for appraising, acquiring, describing, managing, organizing, preserving, and delivering digital archives.


If you intend to pursue the DAS Certificate, you will need to pass the examination for this course.

Webinar Information
Date Presented:
June 30, 2015 2:00 PM Eastern
1 hour, 30 minutes
Introduction to Processing Digital Records and Manuscripts

Sibyl Schaefer 


Sibyl Schaefer is the Digital Preservation Analyst for Research Data Curation at the University of California, San Diego. She is Program Manager for Chronopolis and helps define long-term digital preservation solutions for the UC San Diego campus.


Schaefer was previously the Head of Digital Programs at the Rockefeller Archive Center where she managed the adoption of tools and technologies to assist in the care of archival materials. One of her main tasks was to increase the technological proficiency of archivists throughout the institution in order to fully integrate digital and traditional archival practices, including the development of supporting policies, forensic workflows, and training initiatives to support digitized and born digital materials. She also managed other digital services that support archival endeavors, including digitization projects and archival access, request, and description systems. Schaefer previously served as the Metadata Librarian for the University of Vermont’s Center for Digital Initiatives and as the User Services Liaison on the Archivists’ Toolkit project out of New York University.


 Schaefer has an MLIS with a specialization in Archival Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is currently Chair of the ArchivesSpace Technical Advisory Council and is a member of the Society of American Archivists’ Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) Committee. She was previously elected to co-chair for the ALA Digital Preservation Interest Group and has provided consulting services on digital preservation issues. She was selected as an ALA Emerging Leader in 2011 and a participant in the Archives Leadership Institute in 2013.  





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