Introduction to Archival Practice

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.

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


Homework Expectations and Completion Requirements:

  • 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.

Technical Requirements:
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Session Duration:
This course consists of four 90-minute session.

Instructor: Gina Minks -

Continuing Education Credit:
Contact Hours: 6

January 26 - 4, 2021

10:00 am - 11:30 am CST

Online Classroom
United States

Phone: 800-843-8482

Amigos Member Individual Registration $ 260.00
Non-member Individual Registration $ 285.00

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