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Introduction to Rules for Archival Description (Core)

October 24, 2016 - October 25, 2016


General description:

The description of records and the creation of finding aids are the method for providing access to your archival holdings. The Rules for Archival Description (RAD) is the Canadian standard which guides our descriptive work, based on international standard ISAD(G). This 2-day workshop will introduce and explain the rules in RAD,  the archival principles behind it, and give some hands-on practice editing and writing RAD-compliant fonds and series descriptions.

Participants are required to bring a copy of the complete RAD manual (2008 version) to the workshop.  Copies can be purchased or downloaded from the Canadian Council of Archives website.

This workshop is part of the CNSA Archival Certificate Program.

Learning Method:

Learning is done through a combination of lecture, personal reading, and practical exercises over a 2-day period in an informal, friendly atmosphere.

Prior knowledge required:

Arrangement & Description workshop OR working knowledge of archival fonds arrangement. Please contact Sara Hollett, Archives Advisor for more information.


Registration is open to CNSA members in good standing. A travel subsidy is available to CNSA members. Click here for Expense Claim Form for travel subsidy.

Contact Sara Hollett, Archives Advisor, for upcoming dates.

Pre-workshop Reading:

Bureau of Canadian Archivists. “Statement of Principles” and “General Introduction” to Rules for Archival Description(Ottawa: Bureau of Canadian Archivists, c1990, rev. 2008).


October 24, 2016
October 25, 2016
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Jamie Serran


Akins Room, Nova Scotia Archives
6016 University Ave.
Halifax,Nova ScotiaCanada
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