ARST5000 - Principles and Practices in Archives


An introduction to fundamentals of archival theory and functions, including the core archival domains: selection, appraisal, and acquisition; arrangement and description; reference services and access; preservation and protection; outreach, advocacy, and promotion; managing archival programs; and professional, ethical, and legal responsibilities.  Emphasis on distinguishing, key archival principles, including respect for provenance, original order, authenticity, evidence, and value.  Analysis of the role of records and archives in cultural memory and history; the formal, physical, and technical characteristics of records in a wide range of formats; and the nature of recordkeeping systems.  Overview of how practice varies among business, government, and collecting archives.  Throughout the course, a discussion of technology’s impact on the profession.

Syllabus (Fall 2013)

Syllabus (Fall 2012)


ARST5100 - Archives & Technology


Overview of information technology concepts, including hardware, operating systems, programming languages, data storage and backup, networking, and security. Introduction to practical technology skills, including design and implementation of simple relational databases and procedural programming languages. Investigation of technology's impact on and role in archival practice. Analysis of the wide range of digital record formats and their distinguishing characteristics, including databases and web content. Introduction to the challenges of acquiring, preserving, and providing access to digital records. Identification of common archival standards for metadata, including MARC format, Encoded Archival Description, and Dublin Core.

Syllabus (Fall 2012)


ARST5110 - Archives and the Web


Examination of the Web and other resources on the Internet as a source of archival records and as a means to disseminate and promote the use of archival collections. Investigation of the complexities of capturing content from the web and strategies for harvesting web content. Using principles of information organization to review and analyze websites as archival collections. Introduction to practical web markup skills to create webpages with dynamic content derived from a database, to develop a web architecture, and to maintain a website.


Syllabus (Spring 2013)


ARST 5300 · Digital Preservation

Builds on the introduction to electronic records presented in preceding courses and addresses the particular challenges of digital materials associated with all aspects of archival management. Introduction to archival aspects of media longevity, technological obsolescence and compatibility; authenticity and integrity; backup, preservation and security; system documentation; and metadata. Application of the Open Archival Information System Reference Model and the Trusted Repository Audit Criteria. Knowledge to develop policies and procedures to address administrative responsibilities, organizational viability, financial sustainability, technological suitability, system security, and accountability. Comparison and evaluation of different implementations of digital archives systems. Application of current best practices to demonstrate the authenticity of digital records and to manage collections of digital records

ARST 5500 · Archival Appraisal and Acquisition


Framework of appraisal theory and its importance in archival work. Introduction to practical methods and procedures to identify, evaluate, acquire, authenticate, and dispose of records in all formats. Review of methodologies to guide appraisal work and to make informed professional decisions concerning the selection and acquisition of archival material. Addresses issues of collection development policies, ownership and intellectual rights.

Syllabus (Spring 2013)


ARST 6610 · Law, Ethics, and Archives


Investigation of legal and ethical issues based on laws, regulations, rules, and cultural practices. Examination of the legal basis of access to records, rights of privacy and publicity, and use of records in legal proceedings. Emphasis on intellectual property rights, including copyrights and cultural property rights. In-depth discussion of professional expectations for ethical conduct and the core values of the archival profession.

 Syllabus (Spring 2013)

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