INF 389S - Introduction to Archival Enterprise II

Spring 2016
Unique ID: 27580
Syllabus:   Syllabus
Prof:  Trace, Ciaran
Room: UTA 1.204
Days:  Thur
Time: 12:00 pm - 3:00pm

Graduate standing.

Administrative and professional issues, including organizing the work of a repository, management issues, marketing, space, law, and ethics. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Information Studies 389D and 389S may not both be counted.

Archival Enterprise II will focus on three broad themes that have been recognized by SAA as crucial to the future course of the archival profession: diversity, advocacy/public awareness, and technology. Over the course of the semester we will discuss such issues as working with and documenting underrepresented communities, the relationship of traditional cultural institutions to participatory and community archives, working with indigenous communities and materials, the intersection of archives and human rights, how to create effective public relations and marketing programs, and how to advocate for archives at the state and local level. We will also be examining technology skills for archivists and learning about emerging positions dealing with technology and born digital materials. The course will be largely discussion based and I will also be bringing in guest speakers.

There will be two major assignments for the course. One is a major research paper on an archival topic of choice. We will spend time over the semester talking about the writing process, and everyone in class will be keeping a writing blog to track our progress. The other major assignment is a group hands-on project, with class members working together to give a workshop on open source archival software.

Further information about the course (including past syllabi) can be found at:
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