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Tuesday, August 12 • 9:00am - 5:00pm
Cataloging the Universe of Visual Materials: From Prints and Photographs to Digital Files #1515 [This course is FULL]

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Fees: Advance / Regular

SAA Members: $189 / $249
Employees of SAA Member Institutions: $219 / $279
Nonmembers: $249 / $299

Course Description

Visual materials present a unique cataloging challenge as a greater understanding of process, format, and interpretation is required. Get specialized instruction in the description and cataloging of still analog and digital images, including examples of prints and photographs, many of which are used as cartoons, posters, and other published works. Building on the information presented in the Photographs: Archival Principles and Practices workshop, you’ll be introduced to sources that are available to assist in the creation of records and how to define standards for descriptive and subject cataloging at the collection or item level. And you’ll have the chance to participate in extended discussions of descriptive metadata standards and how they are applied to all types of visual material.

Upon completion of this workshop you’ll be able to:

  • Identify visual material formats and briefly explain their historical or contextual significance;

  • Analyze or learn to read visual materials, both analog or digital, to create effective descriptions/metadata;

  • Perform basic cataloging of visual materials in an online catalog or database; and

  • Apply your metadata to a variety of schema, including, but not limited to, Dublin Core, Cataloging Cultural Objects (CCo), and Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS).

Who should attend? Archivist practitioners.

What should you know? Participants should have a basic understanding of archival principles. Some experience with arranging and describing/cataloging photographs would be helpful. There will be a modest list of readings to help attendees prepare for the workshop.

Attendance is limited to 35.


Robert Burton

Photograph Cataloger, Harvard University

James Eason

Archivist for Pictorial Collections, University of California, Berkeley
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Mary Alice Harper

Head, Description & Access, Visual Materials, Harry Ransom Center
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Miriam Meislik

Media Curator, University of Pittsburgh

Tuesday August 12, 2014 9:00am - 5:00pm EDT
Washington 1 [Exhibition Level] Marriott Wardman Park, 2660 Woodley Road NW, Washington, DC 20008

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