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Education: SGA Workshops and Continuing Education Opportunities


The Society of Georgia Archivists is committed to providing educational opportunities to its members as well as archivists around the region. SGA typically sponsors an annual workshop in the spring or summer and another in the fall in conjunction with the SGA Annual Meeting. For more information about the work of the Education Committee, please contact chair Becky Sherman at

2020 Spring WorkshopUsing Copyright to Open Your Archives

Friday, March 20, 2020, 8:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

As cultural heritage organizations digitize their more of their archival collections, copyright is often seen as a barrier to making these digitized collections broadly available to users. Although copyright issues tend to be more complex for archival items, this workshop will challenge the perception that copyright is a barrier to access by discussing ways archivists can use copyright to their advantage. At this workshop, attendees will increase their understanding of copyright law in the context of archival collections, including sound and moving image items. Attendees will discuss strategies for addressing these complex challenges using a number of tools, including public domain determinations, library exceptions, fair use and risk. Through a variety of interactive lessons, attendees will leave feeling more confident about copyright.

 Instructor: Greg Cram, New York Public Library

Register here.

2020 Spring Workshop: Living Our Values: Advanced Considerations in Opening Digital Collections

Friday, March 20, 2020, 1:00 P.M. - 4:30 P.M.

For the last decade, a primary focus in the digitization of archival collections was copyright and contract law. In the last few years, there has been a renewed focus on bringing core professional values to digitization projects. These values are embodied in considerations like privacy and respect for indigenous cultural sensitivities. As new models of funding digitization projects emerge, cultural heritage organizations are often asked to restrict access to digitized collections when commercial vendors are involved. Attendees of this workshop will gain a deeper understanding of how these considerations impact digitization projects. Attendees will learn about practices and strategies to incorporate professional values into their digitization efforts and identify ways to responsibly make collections available for reuse.

 Instructor: Greg Cram, New York Public Library

Register here.

Questions: Please contact Becky Sherman, Chair, SGA Education Committee, at

Visit our History section for a listing of past workshops.

View SGA's Scholarships page for funding opportunities for various continuing education activities, such as SGA workshops, the SGA Annual Meeting, the SAA Annual Meeting, and the Georgia Archives Institute.

Another great way to get involved with professional development is to participate in SGA's Mentoring Program.


Interested in pursuing a career in archives and records management?

Read So You Want to be an Archivist? An Overview of the Archives Profession.

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