Introduction to Archives Administration and Management
Instructor: Christine D'Arpa
Dates: September 7 to October 16, 2015
Credits: 2.25 CEUs
Shrinking budgets and decreasing commitment to support diverse public institutions are resulting in shortcuts that consolidate very different types of materials. Librarians increasingly find themselves responsible for archival and manuscript materials. This course treats the administration and management of archives and manuscript collections with special consideration of the librarian who finds herself in the role of archivist, as well.
The six-week course will include practical and hands-on assignments. We will discuss the theoretical principles upon which archival work is based, and the key practices of archival work: appraisal, acquisition, accessioning, arrangement, description, preservation, and use. We will touch upon the purposes and structure of records management programs, legal and ethical issues, public programming and advocacy, and the impact of new information technologies and electronic records upon archival practice.
Christine D'Arpa is a doctoral student at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois. She has taught the distance education option of the introductory archives course at UIUC and worked as an archivist and oral historian. She trained as a librarian and archivist at GSLIS and continues to straddle those worlds presenting at conferences on the future of archival education in library and information science programs. Interview with Chris D'Arpa
This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.
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