Introduction to Archival Practice

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Target Audience: 
Librarians with little to no prior experience with archives.
Course Description

This course provides an overview of archival practice for those librarians that suddenly find themselves working with archival material. The course will cover what constitutes an archive, working with collections, describing and organizing archival materials, creating a finding aid and collection maintenance. The class will also cover how to assist patrons with archival requests, creating and implementing basic procedures, and useful workflows.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this class, the attendee should be able to:

  1. Describe the difference between an archive and a library.
  2. Use available resources to describe and organize new archival contributions.
  3. List the types of materials often found in collections.
  4. Describe how patrons can access and use archival materials.
  5. Implement basic workflows, processes, and procedures to make archival work easier.
  6. Create a basic archival finding aid.


Homework Expectations
  • Short readings will be assigned before each class. Short exercises will be completed during class. A final homework assignment will be to completed a short finding aid for a collection.
  • It is designed for individual participation each individual must register.
Session Information
Session Duration: 
This course consists of four 90-minute sessions.
Contact Hours: 
Gina Minks -
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