Introduction to Archives Administration and Management
Instructor: Rebecka Sheffield
Dates: July 6th through August 16th, 2020
Credits: 2.25 CEUs or 22.5 PDHs
With an increase in demand for access to primary sources and a trend toward LAM convergence, librarians are now more often responsible for the management and administration of archival materials. This course provides a gentle introduction to archival methods and best practices to better equip librarians without previous specialized training to care for this kind of material.
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.
Rebecka Sheffield is a senior lecturer in the School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College (Boston). She previously served as Executive Director and Archives Manager at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA), where she first began as a volunteer archivist in 2007. Rebecka holds a graduate degree in archives and records management and completed a PhD at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Information, in collaboration with the Mark S Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies. She is passionate about archives and finding innovative ways to bring researchers and collections together. Visit her website at www.archivalobjects.com
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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