CIA Meeting July 12 at Drake University

The 2010 meeting of the Consortium of Iowa Archivists will take place at Drake University (Des Moines) on July 12. 

If you plan to attend please contact Claudia Frazer ( and let her know.

The meeting will take place in Drake University’s Cowles Library, Room 201.  Parking is available in Lot 54.  Map:

Agenda for the meeting:


  • 8:30-9:00: arrival, coffee and refreshments
  • 9:00-10:00:  Welcome and Repository Reports
  • 10:00-10:15 Break
  • 10:15-11:15 Presentation: Drake Heritage Collections (Bart Schmidt)
  • 11:30-1:00 Lunch at the Drake Diner
  • 1:15-2:00: Iowa Historical Records Advisory Board, Midwest Archives Conference, Society of American Archivists, Council of State Archivists updates
  • 2:00-2:30 Technical Assistance Network Program (Kristen Vander Molen and Tanya Zanish-Belcher)
  • 2:30-3:00 Drake University—eScholarShare (Claudia Frazer)
  • 3:30-4:00 Institutional Repositories–Discussion
  •  3:30-4:00 Open Discussion


Hope to see you there!


2 thoughts on “CIA Meeting July 12 at Drake University

  1. All, here is a description of the SAA workshop on Archon–I will investigate trying to bring this to ISU:

    Implementing DACS in Integrated Content Management Systems: Using Archon™

    (2 days, 1.5 CEUs, 10 ARCs) · Classroom and AV Requirements

    This two-day, hands-on workshop focuses on how to describe collections according to the rules of DACS, the national content standard for preparing such descriptions within the context of one integrated content management system. Archon™ * is an open source application available for managing descriptive information about archival records and manuscript collections. The archival data elements and rules supplied by DACS are an integral component of Archon™ and provide an easy way to integrate standards-based description into a repository’s processing workflow. Practical exercises, lecture, class discussions, and demonstrations assist in learning Archon’s™ basic functions and relationships to DACS.

    Workshop objectives:

    * Understand technical and administrative issues relevant to implementing Archon™;
    * Install and configure Archon™ for a specific repository and its staff members;
    * Manage physical locations within a repository;
    * Describe accessions, collections, and digital objects using Archon’s™ Web forms;
    * Manage name and subject authorities, and link them to collection and digital object descriptions;
    * Produce and output descriptive records in standardized formats such as EAD and MARC;
    * Import accession, collection, and legacy finding aid records into Archon™; and
    * Customize data input screens and output files for local implementations of Archon™ to meet an individual repositories’ needs.

    Issues not covered in this workshop include local network configurations, mapping of repository-specific data for import, or new features added to releases of Archon™ after version 2.1.

    *The instructors utilize Archon™ to facilitate teaching the content of this workshop. The use of Archon™ does not represent or imply SAA endorsement of this product.

    Who should attend? Archivists, special collections librarians, and others with an interest in describing archival materials in an online setting. No special technical skills are required to enroll in this workshop. Registrants should have attended SAA’s Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS) workshop or have acquired familiarity with DACS. Registrants also should have read the Archon™ User Manual prior to attendance.

    Attendance is limited to 25.

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