June 30-July 1, 2011 – SAA EAD Workshop, Houghton, Michigan

SAA Encoded Archival Description workshop in Michigan’s beautiful Keweenaw Peninsula

Join us during the peak of the summer in beautiful Houghton, Michigan. The Michigan Technological University Archives and the Society of American Archivists invite you to learn EAD.  Develop new skills or refresh your knowledge while enjoying a stay in the Upper Peninsula, called “the Midwest’s preferred vacation spot” by Smithsonian Magazine in May 2011.  Waterfalls, wilderness, and pristine beaches await!

The workshop is scheduled for Thursday, June 30, and Friday, July 1, 2011, and leads directly into the extended Independence Day holiday weekend.

Here’s your chance to receive the instruction and hands-on practice you need to bridge the digital divide. Get acquainted with the language of XML and practice with XML authoring software. This 2-day workshop, led by SAA instructors Michael J. Fox and Kris Kiesling, covers the latest EAD version!

Upon completing this workshop, you will have:

  • Received an overview of Extensible Markup Language (XML);
  • Examined the structure of EAD (the SAA endorsed standard for archival finding aids);
  • Marked up a finding aid;
  • Explored style sheets and implementation strategies; and
  • Practiced encoding your own finding aid using EAD.

Who should attend? Archivists and others who are charged with exploring and/or implementing EAD at their institution or who want to enhance their résumé with this important training.

What is the cost to attend? Early bird registration before June 1 is $325 for SAA members and $405 for nonmembers. Further information about fees and registration is available on the Society of American Archivists web site at  www.archivists.org

Where will participants stay? Although housing is not included in the workshop registration fees, a variety of housing options are available for participants including hotels and motels, some on-campus accommodations, as well as area campgrounds and cabins. Attendees should consider early booking of lodging for this holiday weekend.

Where will this happen? The workshop will utilize a fully equipped instruction room at the J.R. Van Pelt and Opie Library on the Michigan Technological University campus.

For more information, contact the Michigan Tech Archives online at www.lib.mtu.edu/mtuarchives or 906-487-2505/copper@mtu.edu