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Preserving History and Memory: Archives in Current Society (LIBT 1400)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 3

Description: This course examines archives as powerful repositories of history and memory and the archivist as an active agent in the process of shaping our knowledge of the past. You will look at the traditional functions of archives, which are selection, preservation and access, as well as the roles of archivists and support staff, both in their institutional settings and within the context of the wider society they serve.

Topical Outline:
1. Defining an archives and the role of an archivist
2. History of archives and the archival profession
3. Types of archives and the services they provide
4. Archival theory, process, practice
5. Support staff functions
6. Current archival database management systems

Learning Outcomes:
1. Understand what an archives is and what an archivist does
2. Understand the history of archives and the archival profession
3. Understand the role of a modern records management program in an archives
4. Articulate the types of archives and services they provide
5. Outline basic archival theory and the essential archival functions of selection, preservation and access
6. Use an archival data management system to process materials