INF 389R - Introduction to Archival Enterprise I
Introduction to the records aspect of archival enterprise, from acquisition to use, with emphasis on arrangement and description.
Three lecture hours a week for one semester.
INF 389D and INF 389R may not both be counted.
If you are looking for an interesting and fun course to take in the spring semester please think about signing up for 389R: Archival Enterprise I. The course is a general introduction to archival work, with a particular emphasis on learning how to arrange and describe archival collections so that these materials can be made accessible to the wider community.
Although many students taking AEI are interested in becoming archivists and/or records managers, librarians will also learn a lot in the course that will help them manage historical collections. Public libraries often have local history collections. School librarians may be in charge of establishing and running a school archive. Academic librarians may need to know how to work with manuscript material (particularly if working in a special collections environment). Corporate/special librarians may be expected to manage the historical records of an organization or institution.
The main assignment for the course involves arranging and describing an archival collection for a repository in town. In the past, students have worked at the Harry Ransom Center, the LBJ Presidential Library, the Austin History Center, the Texas State Library and Archives, the Alexander Architectural Archive, and the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, to name but a few.
Further information about the course (including past syllabi) can be found at: http://www.ischool.utexas.edu/courses/class_details.php?ClassID=2484