Introduction to Archival Practice

Registration: February 3 - March 16, 2020   

Course duration:  April 20 - June 29, 2020


Using Laura Millar's award-winning publication Archives: Principles and Practices, students will be introduced to archival terminology, theory, different types of archival institutions, how archival records are treated, copyright, privacy, ethics and preserving electronic records. 

This course will benefit those working in libraries, museums, records management, local government, administration, art galleries, federal, provincial, state or local government departments or non-profit institutions. You do not have to work in an archives to take this course.

Topics for the modules include:

Module 1.      What are Archives   

Module 2.      Archival Institutions and the Role of the Archivist         

Module 3.      Fundamental Principles of Archives

Module 4.      Appraisal and Acquisition

Module 5.      Arrangement and Description

Module 6.      Making Archives Available

Module 7.      Preservation and the Digital World

Students will receive, by electronic mail, a self-study guide which includes instructions, supplementary reading (where applicable), self-study questions, and projects.  Self-study questions and projects will be submitted to the instructor for evaluation. Upon submitting all of the assignments within the allotted time, students will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course.

Students can expect to work about 10-12 hours per week on readings and assignments for the duration of the course.

Instructor:  Lisa Glandt, AABC Education and Advisory Service Coordinator,

Cost: AABC member $350 (CAD) / Non-member $500 (CAD); plus the cost of course textbook

Limit:   20 students


Laura Millar. Archives: Principles and Practices (Neal-Schuman, 2nd ed; 2017)

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