Fall 2018

INF 389R Introduction to Archival Enterprise I

Unique ID: 27840


Introduction to the records aspect of archival enterprise, from acquisition to use, with emphasis on arrangement and description.


An introduction to the principles and practice of appraisal, acquisition, preservation, reference service, and administration of institutional and collected archives (record groups) and of archival repositories. By the end of the course, students will be able to: • Understand and evaluate the history, theory, and practice of archival enterprise with regard to handling the documentation (the record) from acquisition to and through use, both in the hardcopy and digital environment • Understand and analyze classical, contemporary and alternative/emerging models of practice (particularly as it relates to new trends with technology and the processing and management of born digital records) • Understand and analyze these archival activities in a larger national and international context • Understand the relationship and the synergy between archives and allied areas (such as digital curation, digital humanities, digital libraries, knowledge management, and digital forensics) • Understand ethical and legal considerations and culturally responsible approaches to archival work • Arrange and describe a collection of personal papers or organizational records using appropriate standards (DACS etc.) • Demonstrate basic competence in data structure standards: Encoded Archival Description (EAD) PLEASE NOTE: Students enrolled in this class are expected to spend at least 50 hours outside of class time working at a local archival repository. This work will take place over the course of the semester and will involve group processing of previously unarranged and undescribed material. Syllabus: https://www.ischool.utexas.edu/sites/default/files/images/webform/Fall_2018_Syllabus_389R.pdf


Graduate standing.