Stacey Erdman earns Digital Archives Specialist certificate

Stacey Erdman
Stacey Erdman

Stacey Erdman, digital collections curator at NIU, is among 45 archivists who have earned the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) certificate from the Society of American Archivists.

The new specialists completed required coursework and passed a comprehensive examination in August.

SAA’s DAS certificate program was developed by experts in the field of digital archives and provides archivists with the information and tools needed to manage the demands of born-digital records.

DAS certificate holders must complete nine courses from four tiers – Foundational; Tactical and Strategic; Tools and Services; and Transformational – and pass the comprehensive examination.

Certificate holders have the skills to understand the nature of electronic records; define requirements, roles, and responsibilities related to digital archives; formulate strategies for appraising, describing, managing, organizing and preserving digital archives; plan for new tools and technologies and integrate them into existing functions to appraise, capture, preserve and provide access to digital collections; curate, store and retrieve original masters and access copies of digital archives; and provide reliable service related to electronic records and digital archives.

A total of 228 people have earned Digital Archives Specialist certificates since the program began in October 2011. More than 600 participants in SAA’s DAS program are currently working toward earning certificates.

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