Seth Shaw


Assistant Professor, Archival Studies

Seth Shaw's teaching and research focus is on the impact of electronic records archival principles and practice. He received his Bachelors of Science in Information Systems from Brigham Young University – Idaho in 2005 and then his Masters of Science in Information, Archives & Records Management from the University of Michigan's School of Information in 2007. From 2007-2013 he was the Electronic Records Archivist for Duke University Archives where he was responsible for everything born-digital in the University Archives & Special Collections. In addition to his instruction at Clayton State he teaches the Society of American Archivists' "Managing Electronic Records in Archives & Special Collections" workshop as part of the Digital Archives Specialist curriculum. He has also taught workshops for the Society of North Carolina Archivists and South Carolina Archivists Association. Seth is a past chair of the Electronic Records Section of the Society of American Archivists and currently serves on its Steering Committee.

Curriculum Vita (2013-11-01)




ARST 5100: Archives & Technology

An introduction to fundamental concepts and application of technology in an archival context, including hardware, operating systems, programming languages, data storage and backup, networking, and security. Investigates the challenges of acquiring, preserving, and providing access to digital records. Students will be able to design and implement a simple databases and to use archival management tools to help manage collections.



ARST 5200: Arrangement & Description of Archival Materials

In-depth and applied study of the intellectual and physical organization of archival material in all media and formats. Examination of the core principles and standards underlying the processes of arrangement and description, their evolution over time, and their application to different types of archival collections in multiple settings. Applying methods to and exploring future practices within the digital environment. Learn to arrange and describe archival collections to preserve their original context of creation and promote use by researchers.



ARST 5300: Digital Preservation

Addresses the particular challenges of digital materials associated with each of the archival domains. Introduction to archival aspects of media longevity, technological obsolescence and compatibility; information representation and experience; 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 & Certification: Criteria & Checklist, and the knowledge to develop policies and procedures needed to address administrative responsibilities, organizational viability, financial sustainability, technological suitability, system security, and procedural accountability. Comparison and evaluation of different implementations of digital archives systems, and application of current best practices to demonstrate the authenticity of digital records and to manage collections of digital records.



ARST 5400: Records Management

Overview of the principles and practices of records management in public and private organizations. Includes records in all media and formats created or received in the conduct of business activities. Explores the relationship of records management to archival functions and institutions. Challenges and opportunities related to the convergence of information management domains and disciplines in the life cycle control of content and records.


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