SAA Webinar "A Beginner’s Guide to Metadata"

  • 14 Nov 2012
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Archives and Special Collections, Billy Graham Center, 3rd Floor, Room BGC309, Wheaton College, 500 College Ave, Wheaton, IL 60187-5593

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 David Malone at Wheaton College at and Martin Tuohy at  Mr. Malone and the staff of the Archives and Special Collections department at Wheaton College 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 14 SAA DAS Webinar." CAA is able to accept checks and money orders, but not credit cards. Do not send payment to Wheaton College.

Fees for registering before November 14, 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.


The Wheaton College Archives & Special Collections is located on the third floor of the Billy Graham Center. The webinar will be in BGC309.  Visitors may enter in the "Auditorium" entrance on the east side of the building and make their way to the third floor.The following link is maintained by Wheaton College with campus maps and driving directions:

See Wheaton College’s Maps and Directions page for current info:

Contact Information for Archives

Archives and Special Collections, Billy Graham Center, Room BGC309, Wheaton College, 501 College Ave, Wheaton, IL 60187-5593

David Malone: 630/752-5707


By Car:

Wheaton College is approximately 3 miles north of Interstate 88 and 2 miles west of Interstate 355.  I-355, the Veterans Memorial Tollway, has exit and entrance ramps at Roosevelt Road (Illinois Route 38).  I-88 has exit and entrance ramps at Illinois Route 53.  Refer to a map for specific directions and local roads. 


Ample parking is available on the east side the building.If you receive a non-registration notice, it may be returned to the parking office at no charge. A researcher or visitor planning to visit one week or more is eligible to receive a temporary parking permit at no charge.  NOTE: Please avoid parking in Handicapped and Student 30 or 60-minute spaces. You will be ticketed for these two areas.

By Train:

The Metra commuter train line to Wheaton College is the Union Pacific West line.  Wheaton’s College Avenue station is the recommended station, 4 blocks east of Wheaton College.  Wheaton Station is 8 blocks west of the college.  See the Metra commuter rail website for fares and schedules of METRA trains that go to and from Chicago.  The Union Pacific West line departs from Chicago Station, Ogilvie Transportation Center, at the corner of North Canal and West Madison Streets. A ticket windows is on the second level.  For train information, call 312/322-6777 or 312/836-7000 weekdays from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Interested in More Digital Archives Specialist Webinars?

Can't make the November 14 webinar at Wheaton College? “A Beginner’s Guide to Metadata” is also being offered at Chicago State University on Thursday, November 8, 6:00 – 8:00 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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