Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) Bootcamp

Save the Date: Society of American Archivists Digital Archives Specialist Certificate “Bootcamp” Coming to UW Libraries in June 2018!

The Labor Archives of Washington, UW Libraries Special Collections is partnering with the Society of American Archivists and Seattle Area Archivists to offer significant portions of the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) certificate program at the University of Washington Libraries during the week of June 11-15, 2018 at the University of Washington Libraries!

  • Those interested can enroll here:
  • The courses can be taken individually or as part of a program for the DAS certificate.
  • Enrollment does not require membership in the Society of American Archivists.
  • There is an enrollment cap of about 35 people per class
  •  If you have any further questions that can’t be answered on the SAA class registration page, please feel free to email Labor Archivist Conor Casey

2018 Western Archives Institute

The 32nd annual Western Archives Institute (WAI) will be held at San Diego State University from June 1022, 2018. WAI is an intensive, two-week program that provides integrated instruction in basic archival practices to individuals with a variety of backgrounds, including those whose jobs require a fundamental understanding of archival skills, but who have little or no previous archives education; those who have expanding responsibility for archival materials; those who are practicing archivists but have not received formal instruction; and those who demonstrate a commitment to an archival career.


SAA/SeArch Co-hosted Workshop

We are happy to report that we have at last nailed down a date for the Society of American Archivists course “Teaching with Primary Sources” here in Seattle!

On Thursday, February 8, 2018 from 9 am to 5 pm at the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence (Seattle Public Schools), SAA and SeArch will co-host the course “Teaching with Primary Sources: How to Design for Active Learning.” This course is part of SAA’s Foundational program and offers continuing education credits upon completion. For more information on the course, see the SAA website.

SeArch will have registration discount codes for members in good standing. Stay tuned for information on this, plus a scholarship opportunity!


Workshop – WESTPAS Protecting Cultural Collections: Disaster Prevention, Preparedness, Response & Recovery

Register now for this FREE workshop!

Sponsored by Western States & Territories Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS), Association of King County Heritage Organizations (AKCHO), Seattle Heritage Emergency Response Network (SHERN), and the University of Washington Libraries.

Protecting Cultural Collections: Disaster Prevention, Preparedness, Response & Recovery

Part 1:  ON-LINE WEBINARS – Prevention & Preparedness (archived 2½ hours total)

Part 2:  IN-PERSON WORKSHOP – Response & Recovery
Thursday, November 16 , 20179:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. – Odegaard Library, University of Washington, Seattle

The workshop is FREE. Participation in the in-person workshop requires viewing the archived Part 1 webinars BEFORE attending the Part 2 in-person workshop AND completing the workshop assignments. Any exception requires the permission of the instructor.

Instructor: Gary L Menges,  Librarian Emeritus, University of Washington, WESTPAS trainer

The “Protecting Cultural Collections” training is presented in a sequence of two archived webinars plus one in-person workshop to produce the following outcomes:

  • Complete a disaster response & collection salvage plan
  • Learn how to train staff to implement your plan effectively
  • Set pre- and post-disaster action priorities for your collections
  • Understand practical decision-making skills needed during an emergency
  • Experience salvage procedures for books, documents, photos & objects

The webinar sessions and the in-person workshop are scheduled to enable participants to prepare short assignments between sessions, resulting in a completed disaster plan. Participating institutions will be invited to join an informal network of WESTPAS trained personnel to provide mutual aid in the event of emergencies involving collections in your region.

Who should attend: Administrators and staff responsible for emergency preparedness, response and decision-making, in all types of cultural institutions.  By registering for the workshop, the institution commits to supporting the attendee(s) to achieve the workshop’s disaster preparedness goals. When possible, please commit two attendees so they can work together on the disaster preparedness activities.

Cost: No charge to the institution.

Funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Registration: Pre-registration required. Register online for the IN-PERSON session at:

Go to November 16th on the calendar and click on the date.

For registration assistance contact: Wendy Cao
For general & content information contact Gary Menges

Call for Presenters!

SeaAA will be hosting a workshop on ArchivesSpace on February 9 from 2 – 4 pm at the University of Washington. As many of our members work for institutions transitioning from Archivists’ Toolkit and Archon to AS, this workshop is aimed at helping those in different phases in the transition learn from one another about their experiences. At this time, we are looking for members from two other institutions who would be willing to participate in a panel discussion and share their specific experiences (via powerpoint and/or demonstration via ArchivesSpace, if possible) so that we have many different perspectives. If this is something you or someone from your institution would be interested in doing, please let us know at
After the panel presentation, we will allow time for questions from the panel and general discussion among the workshop participants. Please consider joining our panel and help your fellow members in their transition to ArchivesSpace!