SAA Webinar "A Beginner’s Guide to Metadata"

  • 19 Nov 2012
  • 2:00 PM - 3:30 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 Bob Shuster at the Billy Graham Center Archives, Wheaton College at and Martin Tuohy at

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 19 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 19, 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.

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Interested in More Digital Archives Specialist Webinars?Watch CAA’s listserv for announcements and details about “Standards for Digital Archives,” to be held in January 2013.  More professional development sessions are forthcoming in 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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