Austin, TX – The Texas Historical Records Advisory Board (THRAB) is offering free registration for several archival training webcasts. As part of its National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) grant support, THRAB received funding to offer free registration for a limited number of participants to attend three Society American Archivists’ (SAA) Digital Archival Specialist (DAS) trainings that focus on creating, managing and providing access to digital collections.
Developed and conducted by the Society of American Archivists, the workshops will provide attendees with information essential to understanding the complex nature of records in electronic form and introduce them to best practices for appraising, describing, managing and preserving digital archives and establishing relationships with institutional stakeholders to achieve an effective digital archives program. Webcasts will be available on-demand and must be completed by Dec. 22, 2023.
The three SAA courses with links to descriptions are as follows:
• Thinking Digital, a 90-minute on-demand webcast that offers practical information for those undertaking new digital projects or job responsibilities. Link to course description: https://www2.archivists.org/prof-education/course-catalog/thinking-digital.
• Basics of Managing Digital Records, a 60-minute on-demand webcast which will introduce participants to common preservation formats of digital records; appraising, accessioning, and preserving digital records; working with records creators; and promoting a digital records program. Link to course description: https://www2.archivists.org/prof-education/course-catalog/basics-of-managing-digital-records.
• Digital Records: The Next Step, a 60-minute on-demand webcast which is focused on systems that any archives must put in place to ensure it can manage digital records. Link to course description: https://www2.archivists.org/prof-education/course-catalog/digital-records-the-next-step.
To apply for any or all of these trainings, submit the application form by November 1, 2023.
Apply here: https://forms.gle/Lq4kpVnzTe2pnkV98
About the Texas Historical Records Advisory Board (THRAB):
THRAB serves as an advisory body for historical records planning and supports efforts to preserve and provide access to archival collections throughout the state. Funding for THRAB is provided by the National Historical Publications Records Commission (NHPRC), the grant-making arm of the National Archives and Records Administration. The state archivist is appointed by the governor to preside over the nine-member board.
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission provides Texans access to the information needed to be informed, productive citizens by preserving the archival record of Texas; enhancing the service capacity of public, academic and school libraries; assisting public agencies in the maintenance of their records; and meeting the reading needs of Texans with disabilities. For more information, visit www.tsl.texas.gov.