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INF 389J - Appraisal and Selection of Records, Spring 2019, unique #27650 - Home
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Instructor: Dr. Patricia K. Galloway

Course Meeting Times
Monday, 12:00-3:00 P.M.

Course Description
The Appraisal and Selection course will treat paper records and those in other media, including electronic records. I plan to focus critically upon the following themes:

1) What is the traditional theoretical basis for appraisal of archival materials, both records and manuscripts, and the social setting for its emergence?

2) What were the effects of the shift to a "documentation strategy" as social history gained importance after the 1960s in the US and elsewhere?

3) What differences are there in appraising personal as opposed to organizational records (or collecting archives vs institutional archives appraisal--in this area we will think about what I am calling "advocacy appraisal")?

4) What are the changes implied and entailed by electronic records in both organizational and personal arenas?

5) What have been the impacts of changes in archival practice on the structure of the archival record?

Students will participate in class appraisal exercises and investigate appraisal practices in existing archives to discover what kinds of appraisal decisions are made in real-world environments, what constraints lead to such decisions, and how (and when and hopefully if!) archivists document their appraisal decisions.

Missing Class
Please let me know that you are going to miss a class due to illness as soon as you can (email is fine); for other reasons, please discuss with me in advance.

Documented Disability Statement
Students with disabilities may request appropriate academic accommodations from the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, Services for Students with Disabilities, telephone 512-471-6259.

Religious Holy Days
By UT Austin policy, you must notify me of your pending absence at least fourteen days prior to the date of observance of a religious holy day. If you must miss a class, an examination, a work assignment, or a project in order to observe a religious holy day, I will give you an opportunity to complete the missed work within a reasonable time after the absence.

Professor: Dr. Patricia K. Galloway
Phone: (512) 232-9220
Office: UTA 5.436
Office Hours: By appointment or after class
Contact Please use email in preference to telephone