INF 389S - Introduction to Archival Enterprise II
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
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.