SAA Webinar "A Beginner’s Guide to Metadata"

  • 08 Nov 2012
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Chicago State University, 9501 S. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Drive, Chicago, IL 60628

About the Web Seminar

What is metadata? Where does it come from? What does it look like? How do I choose the right schema for what I’m planning to do? What does it mean to map, expose, and repurpose metadata?

Following a question and answer format, “A Beginner’s Guide to Metadata” webinar is designed for practitioners. Upon completion of this course you'll be able to:

  • Define basic concepts of metadata,
  • Identify sources and types,
  • Consider aspects regarding interoperability,
  • Assess how much metadata is enough; and,
  • Make good metadata choices at your local institution

Understanding these basic metadata questions will help attendees make good metadata choices at your local institution.


Space is limited to 20 participants, so register and send payment quickly.

RSVP your attendance to Aaisha Haykal at Chicago State University at and Martin Tuohy at Ms. Haykal and the staff of the Chicago State University Library are graciously hosting the Chicago Area Archivists for this professional development program.

Send your registration payment for the appropriate amount below, made out to CHICAGO AREA ARCHIVISTS, to Janet Olson, Treasurer, Chicago Area Archivists, 1970 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208. Please include a note on the check, money order, or inside the envelope indicating your payment is for the “November 8 SAA DAS Webinar. CAA is able to accept checks and money orders, but not credit cards. Do not send payment to Chicago State University.

Fees for registering before November 8, 2012:
CAA members: $15
Non-members: $20**

On-site registration:
CAA members: $20
Non-members: $25**

**CAA membership dues are only $10/year! Become a CAA member when you register and get the member price for the event, as well as CAA membership until January 1, 2013

NOTE: For those webinar participants who wish to pursue DAS certification and to take the online exam after the webinar, SAA will charge a separate exam fee of $35.


Chicago State University’s library is located at 95th Street and St. Lawrence and is adjacent to the CTA bus driveway. The Academic Library Building is the second building to the west/southwest of Metra Electric District’s 95th Street station. A map of the library’s location is available at

Contact Information for Archives

General: 773-995-2246

Aaisha Haykal: 773-995-3843


By public transit from downtown Chicago:


#3 and #4 will drop you in the CTA bus driveway


Take the Red Line to 95th and take either the 95E or the 111E to 9th and St. Lawrence (

Metra Electric District trains operate from Millennium Station (below Randolph Street at Michigan Avenue), Van Buren Street Station, Museum Campus/11th Street, and all South Side stations directly to Chicago State University with 30 minutes travel time from downtown. ( Train 601 departs downtown at 4:48 PM and arrives at Chicago State at 5:19 PM. Train 603 departs downtown at 5:21 PM and arrives at 5:51 PM. Train fare is $4.25 one-way, or $8.25 round-trip. (Note: May be a flag stop depending on which train you take)

By public transit from the southern suburbs: Metra Electric District train 237 departs Blue Island at 5:37 PM and arrives at Chicago State at 5:58 PM only as a flag stop. You must notify the conductor in advance that you wish to stop at 95th Street, or the train will not stop. Plan your return trip using the schedule at

By public transit from Indiana: South Shore Line (NICTD) train 218 departs Gary Metro Station at 4:34 PM and stops to let off passengers at 57th Street Station at 5:19 PM. Indiana attendees will need to board northbound Metra Electric train 603 at 57th Street at 5:36, to arrive at 95th Street at 5:51 PM. See and for schedules and fares.


  • From the far north, using Lake Shore Drive (41) south to connect to the Dan Ryan Expressway and at 95th Street, and take left Exit 62.
  • From the southeast, southbound on Lake Shore Drive, Jeffery Boulevard south to 95th Street and west to St. Lawrence Avenue.
  • From the south, I-57 north to Halsted exit. North on Halsted to 95th Street and east to 95th and King Drive.
  • From the west, Eisenhower Expressway (290), east to connect to the Dan Ryan Expressway and at 95th Street, and take Exit 62.

Chicago State University is located just north of Interstate 94 and northeast of Interstate 57, one-half mile west of the beginning of the Dan Ryan Expressway.  Parking is available on Chicago State University’s campus for a $5 parking fee (CASH ONLY).  Parking lot entrances are at 99th Place and Martin Luther King, Jr., Drive, and at 95th Street and St. Lawrence Avenue.

Interested in More Digital Archives Specialist Webinars?Can't make the November 8 webinar at Chicago State?  “A Beginner’s Guide to Metadata” is also being offered at Wheaton College in the western suburbs on Wednesday, November 14, 7:00 – 8:30 PM.  Another showing may be scheduled soon for the northern suburbs in Highland Park.  Watch CAA’s listserv for announcements and details.

“Standards for Digital Archives” is the next scheduled Web seminar to be offered in January 2013.

This webinar is sponsored by the Chicago-Area Archivists (CAA).  CAA is offering a series of webinars from the Society of American Archivists’ Digital Archives Specialist curriculum.  The Digital Archives Specialist curriculum consists of a series of “live” workshops and recorded webinars designed to train practicing archivists and their managers to appraise, capture, preserve, and provide access to electronic records.

"A Beginner’s Guide to Metadata," from the Foundational category, is the third DAS offering through CAA.  The Digital Archives Specialist curriculum is designed for four categories of learning:

  • Foundational
  • Tactical and Strategic
  • Tools and Services
  • Transformational.

In all, SAA offers 23 courses. Registrants who are interested in a Digital Archives Specialist certificate must take 9 courses over a two-year period and pass online exams within a week after each course. For more information on the SAA DAS curriculum, please see

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