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By now you’ve hopefully heard the news: SAA’s Committee on Education has developed an Arrangement and Description Certificate Program—A&D for short—to help archivists ensure that their skills and knowledge are current and to give them the opportunity to engage in learning experiences throughout their careers. The initial courses are being launched this spring and anyone can take them! “The program allows archivists to immerse themselves in a single topic—a benefit at a time when the field is changing so quickly,” said Jennifer Pelose, chair of the Committee on Education. About the Curriculum The A&D curriculum provides an integrated, programmatic framework for archivists at various levels within their institutions whose work includes arrangement and description. There are four tiers: foundational, tactical and strategic, tools and services, and transformational. The Foundational courses introduce the basics. The subsequent tiers build on those lessons through specialized, advanced courses addressing tactics and tools that are useful for arrangement and description, management, organization, and preservation techniques. Earning a Certificate To earn an Arrangement and Description Certificate of Completion, participants will need to pass a course-specific exam that addresses the following core competencies: • Arrangement: Understand the process of organizing materials with respect to their provenance and original order to protect their context and facilitate access. • Description: Analyze and describe the attributes of a record or record collection to facilitate identification, management, and understanding of the work. • Descriptive Standards: Apply rules and practices that codify the information used to represent archival materials in discovery tools according to published structural guidelines. • Management: Demonstrate ability to manage physical and intellectual control over archival materials. • Discovery: Create tools to facilitate access and disseminate descriptive records of archival materials. • Ethics: Convey transparency of actions taken during arrangement and description and respect privacy, confidentiality, and cultural sensitivity of archival materials. • Risk Management: Analyze threats and implement measures to minimize ethical and institutional risks. Participants working toward a certificate must take and pass three Foundational courses, two Tactical and Strategic courses (including either a Privacy and Confidentiality or Copyright course), one course in Tools and Services, and one course in the Transformational tier. More knowledgeable participants can elect to test out of the Foundational courses. The A&D Certificate is valid for five years. To learn more about SAA’s new Arrangement and Description Certificate Program, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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