The 2022 SSA Annual Meeting workshops take place on Wednesday, May 18th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
Title: Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO) Hands On Workshop
Description: This workshop will serve anyone learning how to encode archival finding aids using the Encoded Archival Description (EAD) standard in XML, but is focused on the local guidelines and participation logistics for the state consortium for finding aids, Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO). The morning session will provide basic information on EAD and the standards used with it, as well as background on TARO. The afternoon session will include hands-on time using an XML editor (or alternatively, using ArchivesSpace) to build a valid EAD XML finding aid file and seeing how to upload it to TARO. In 2020-2021, TARO underwent significant changes and upgrades, which this workshop will address, so it will be useful even to those who are familiar with the previous version of TARO. This includes required tags and attributes, suggested subject browsing terms, and a new way of uploading and managing files. Participants will learn how XML tags work, what the EAD tags are, how validate an XML file, how to use the TARO Best Practices Guidelines, and how to upload files to TARO. Detailed handouts and sample files will allow participants to continue their practice after the workshop. This workshop is co-sponsored by the Texas Historical Records Advisory Board.
Required Knowledge and/or Equipment: No prior knowledge or skills required. Attendees will need to bring a laptop.
Amanda Focke, C.A., D.A.S., is Head of Special Collections at Rice University’s Fondren Library. She directs the archives’ digital preservation program and has guided the department’s transition to TARO 2.0. She has served as Chair of TARO and is currently serving on the Governance Committee.
Robert G. Weaver is currently the Manuscript Archivist of the Southwest Collection at Texas Tech University’s Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library. He oversees archival processing, focusing principally on EAD finding aid creation; curates digital collections; and serves as the archive’s social media coordinator. He has served as Chair of Texas Archival Resources Online and is currently head of its New Member Initiative.
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm with presenters available at 9:00am for pre-workshop consultations
Title: Latinx Digital Praxis: From the Archive to the Digital
This workshop explores analog and digital methodologies for creating scholarship and knowledge around the experiences of US Latinx peoples. Participants will receive an introduction about the makeup of the US Latinx communities through transnational, exile, native, immigrant lens. Participants will gain hands-on experience on data management and digital visualizations. Through this ethnic digital humanities training, participants will learn how to make underrepresented community archives visible.
Questions that this workshop will cover include, but are not limited to:
- How do we approach US Latinx experience?
- How do we understand the importance of ethnic materials in the US?
- How do we approach and incorporate languages other than English into DH?
- How to identify materials for future projects (research, copyright issues, etc.)?
- How do we create meaningful and respectful data?
- How do we work with the community owners of the knowledge?
- How do we create knowledge and scholarship based on ethnic materials?
- How do we engage our local and immediate communities?
Required Knowledge and/or Equipment: No prior knowledge or skills required.
Dr. Carolina Villarroel is the Brown Foundation Director of Research for the Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage Project. She is a certified archivist who coordinated the work of the Recovery board and staff, as well as Digital Humanities services and products. She is co-founder and co-director of the US Latino Digital Humanities program.
Dr. Gabriela Baeza Ventura is Executive Editor at Arte Público Press and Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of Houston. She supervises the team of designers, copy editors and proofreaders in the production of some 30 books per year and plans and administers Arte Público Press’ Digital Humanities services and products. She is co-founder and co-director of the US Latino Digital Humanities program.
Dr. Lorena Gauthereau is Digital Programs Manager, facilitates data curation and digital scholarship for Recovery materials and Digital Humanities services and products for the US Latino Digital Humanities center. She is currently a fellow for the Rare Book School and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship for Diversity, Inclusion & Cultural Heritage. Previously, she served as a CLIR-Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow.
Dr. Linda Garcia Merchant is a US Latino Digital Humanities Post Doctoral Fellow. She supports pedagogy, training and project infrastructure for the US Latino Digital Humanities program. She is co-founder of Chicana Por Mi Raza Digital Memory Collective.
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $75.00 employed full-time; $50.00 employed part-time; $25.00 students