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SAA DAS workshop on email preservation – in HOUSTON

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Achieving Email Account Preservation with XML #14A7
April 7, 2014 @ University of Houston

** More registrants are needed to ensure this workshop “makes” so sign up NOW!**
We all need e-mail preservation know-how!

DAS Workshop: Achieving Email Account Preservation with XML

The University of Houston will host a day-long DAS workshop April 7, 2014.

Early bird registration ends Friday, March 7!

For more information visit:

Course Description

How do you successfully manage and preserve e-mail? Your instructor will examine two XML schemas developed for e-mail account archival preservation: the E-Mail Account Preservation schema and the PeDALS schema. The EMAP schema co-authored by the Electronic Mail Collaboration Initiative and the Collaborative Electronic Records Project serves as the backbone of two open source email account preservation tools. One of the benefits of using the EMAP schema is effective, efficient preservation of e-mail accounts and their messages. The schema can be used in trustworthy repositories to validate deposited e-mail accounts, and can also be adopted as a professional standard like METS and EAD. The PeDALS schema originated in a grant project involving seven state archives. The PeDALS schema is specifically geared towards Microsoft Outlook .pst files and their content. This course discusses both of these schemas as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each of them.

Upon completion of this course you’ll be able to:

  • Explain – why use XML;
  • Identify the tools for XML and for parsing;
  • Anticipate the preparation necessary before preservation;
  • Assess e-mail account and message condition;
  • Master the breakdown of the schema and its application to e-mail accounts;
  • Recognize why the instructors take the account-level approach; and,
  • Develop ways to use the schema and related tools at your own organization.

Who should attend?Archivists, records managers, and librarians who are or will be handling e-mail and other electronic records.

What Should You Know? Some understanding of XML/HTML, such as recognizing the basic structure of an XML document, is useful!

Participants must bring a laptop (PC only, no Macs) with a CD drive or USB port for “hands-on” experience. You are strongly encouraged to download the CERP parser from the CERP website at and review the installation guide prior to the course.

October is Archives month!

Join AHA! at the following events to celebrate the nationwide Archives Month in October.

October 2, 2013, 6.30 pm-Tour J.P. Bryan’s Vision of the West Collection, considered the world’s largest private collection of Texana. Torch Energy Advisors, Inc., 1331 Lamar Ave., Suite 1450.  Map and parking information available to all who make reservations by Sept. 27.  Contact Lee Pecht at

October 8, 2013, 6.00 pm-Dinner and brief meeting at Café Express,  1422 W. Gray. Meet with fellow AHA-ers and learn about upcoming events and opportunities.

October 10, 2013, 6.30 pm-Preserving Our History in the Archives, presentation on how archival repositories operate, how to preserve historical items, and what items repositories want donated. Bellaire Historical Society, Bellaire Civic Center, 7008 South Rice Ave.  Contact Dara Flinn at

October 15, 2013, 8.30 am – 3.00 pm-Parish Archives: Preserving Generations of Faith, a practical one-day workshop for those who work with historical records, but are not trained archivists.  AHA members are encouraged to attend all or part of the day to support the lectures, discussions, hands-on activities and question period.  Contact Sarah Jackson at or Lisa May at

October 19, 2013, 10.30 am-Tour Fine Tuning: Celebrating 100 Years of the Houston Symphony, Julia Ideson Building, 550 McKinney.  Hear and see how Miss Ima Hogg and local café orchestra leader Julien Paul Blitz  developed a dream into reality for a symphony for Houston.  Contact Terry Brown or Ginny Garrett at

Rescheduled Archives Workshop to be held Tuesday, October 15 during Archives Month!

AHA! is hosting “Parish Archives: Preserving Generations of Faith,” on Tuesday, October 15 from 8.30-3.00 at the Church of St. John the Divine.

The workshop will be an introduction to the basic elements of archives will assist attendees in gaining control over their parish records.  Presented by St. John the Divine with support from the Archivists of the Houston Area and taught by professional archivists, the workshop will include lecture, discussion, hands-on activities, and the opportunity to ask questions of people who have experience with church records and archives.

The cost is $30 and includes all workshop materials and lunch. For more information please visit and submit the registration form below! Contact: Sarah Canby Jackson at or Lisa May at

Parish Archives workshop


“Parish Archives: Preserving Generations of Faith,” workshop August 22

AHA! is hosting “Parish Archives: Preserving Generations of Faith,” on Thursday, Aug. 22 from 8.30-3.00 at the Church of St. John the Divine.

The workshop will be an introduction to the basic elements of archives will assist attendees in gaining control over their parish records.  Taught by professional archivists with support from the Archivists of the Houston Area, the workshop will include lecture, discussion, hands-on activities, and the opportunity to ask questions of people who have experience with church records and archives.

The cost is $30 and includes lunch and all workshop materials and supplies. For more information and registration details please visit

Introductory Archive Workshop for Religious Communities – San Antonio

The Catholic Library Association is pleased to announce the fifth Introductory Archive Workshop for Religious Communities to be held at the Oblate Renewal Center, San Antonio, TX  from  June 24-29, 2012. The 5-day intensive program is directed toward individuals who are interested in learning about archival theory and practice or who wish to update their archival training.

Unlike other archival workshops, the sessions will focus on the unique types of records found in the archives of men’s and women’s religious communities. These records document not only the communities themselves, but also the evolution of Catholicism in the United States, and its impact on educational, social and charitable institutions that shaped the nation’s history.

The program, directed by professional religious archivists, will include lectures, tours, and opportunities for sharing experiences.

Complete program and registration information and a registration form are posted on the Catholic Library Association website at, or contact the CLA at or phone 312-739-1776 or toll free 855-739-1776.

Slipcase class 3/25 at Museum of Printing History

Slipcase Class – bring this preservation skill into your book collections!

For full info, see

In this class, students will make a slip case out of sturdy book board, with a lined interior, and with an applied cover of book cloth. Measuring for proper overlaps, application of adhesive, and application of bookcloth will be addressed. Students will learn the sequence of cuts and paste-downs necessary to create neat and well-tailored corners. Once these techniques are learned, they can be applied to the construction of complex clamshell boxes. Also, directions for making a simple but effective slipcase out of card stock will be demonstrated.

Date: Friday, March 25: 10am-4pm
Instructor: Lena LeMoal
Level: all levels
Tuition: $90 plus $20 materials fee

Archives Month Activities

A number of events are planned to celebrate the nationwide Archives Month in October, so get ready to mark your calendars. A quick list is below; check out the Archives Month page on this site for details and to see/download this year’s poster. (Professionally printed ones will be available during the month.)

If you have something special planned in your repository or for your parent institution, we would love to hear about it!

Thursday, October 7, 2010, 6pm
Archivists Dinner
Café Express at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 6pm
General Meeting
Rice University

Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 9:30-11:30am
Information Session: Archivist’s Toolkit vs. Archon
Rice University

Saturday, October 30, 2010, 10am
Glenwood Cemetery tour

Minimal Processing workshop, May 13

UPDATE: For those of us who are certified archivists, the workshop has been preapproved by ACA for 2 recertification credits.

“More Product, Less Process” (MPLP) has been a hot topic ever since Greene and Meissner published that famous article back in 2005. Have you been wondering how you can apply the principles of minimal processing to your collections?

AHA is sponsoring a 3-hour workshop on May 13, 2010. Mike Strom, Senior Archivist at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, will take us through the ins and outs of MPLP and help us think about how to apply it in our own archives. Munters, in Pasadena, is graciously providing the classroom space.

Cost is $20. Space is limited so don’t delay! The flyer has all the details about how to register.