For Archives Month 2018, AHA! members came together for two events:
On October 15th members gathered at the Julia Ideson Building to view the Society of American Archivists (SAA) webinar, Introduction to Processing Digital Records and Manuscripts. This class is one of the core classes for both the DAS and Arrangement and Description (A&D) Certificate programs.
On October 26th , archivists got a behind the scenes tour of the Menil Library and Archives.
Thanks to all who came out, and to our host institutions!
The Project Archivist assists in all aspects of managing the The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Archives and overseeing the materials pertinent to the history of the MFAH and our collections.
This individual will work directly with the Managing Archivist to coordinate the accessioning, arrangement, description and preservation of the permanent records of the MFAH in all formats. This individual will assist in providing access to archival collections of individuals or institutions closely associated with the MFAH. Additionally, the Project Archivist will be involved in implementing and maintaining the software and systems needed to meet the needs of housing digital materials in the Archives.
The Project Archivist will keep abreast of developments in the archival and standards communities, take a leadership role on special projects and initiatives, and serve as steward and ambassador for the Archives within the MFAH and professional community
For more details see:
Join the Archivists of the Houston Area (AHA!) for our fall meeting Thursday, September 20 at 6pm at the Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park. The Heritage Society is located at 1100 Bagby Street, Houston, TX 77002. Parking is free! For map and directions, see https://www.heritagesociety.org/campu-map/
Mark your calendars for our summer meeting, coming up Thursday, July 26 at 6pm at the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research. Part of the Houston Public Library Special Collections, Clayton is at 5300 Caroline, and parking is free! More details to come, hope to see you there!
Sharing on behalf of the Technical Sub-Committee on Describing Archives: A Content Standard:
TS-DACS is pleased to announce that a major overhaul and new version of Appendix B: Companion Standards is available. The standards in the appendix provide more detailed rules for describing materials and can be used in conjunction with DACS if you need to provide more granular description.
The appendix has been completely rewritten to account for recent developments in the field and to improve usability.
- New standards added, superseded ones removed.
- Links added to existing citations.
- Full bibliographic citations from modern (i.e. online) standards removed.
- Version details removed, as they change frequently.
- Categories, subcategories, and standards alphabetized.
The appendix covers content standards, data structure standards, and data value standards/thesauri.
You can view the updated Appendix B: Companion Standards on the DACS GitHub site.
More about how TS-DACS is using GitHub
DACS is available as the printed blue book (available from SAA Press), as a PDF, on SAA’s website, and on GitHub. The most current version of DACS is the version on GitHub; all other versions are derivatives of this version.
Information about how TS-DACS is using GitHub to manage the standard over time is available in the readme file.
It’s a pleasure to announce that AHA! will be awarding one scholarship to cover the cost of registration for the upcoming Society of Southwest Archivists Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX. Any member in good standing (having paid 2018 dues) is eligible. Please see the attached application, due April 30 by email, or postmarked April 23, 2018.