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Master of Archival Studies

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Clayton State University Master of Archival Studies College of Information & Mathematical Sciences Georgia Archives Building 5800 Jonesboro Road Morrow, GA 30260-0285

(678) 466-4427 (678) 466-4459 (fax)

Mr. Joshua Kitchens Director, Master of Archival Studies

The program is fully online. Students are not required to come to campus, making the program ideal for those who live outside the metro Atlanta area.

Students attend live lectures, where they'll have the opportunity to engage the instructor and each other in real time. They participate in online, small-group discussions of the week's lecture and readings. Courses in archival theory usually include case studies and writing assignments to explore ideas in depth. Technical courses have a variety of assignments, such as building a virtual computer running Linux to understand the context of digital records, installing archival applications such as Archon to get practical experience, building a website, and developing and implementing SQL databases.

ARST 5000 - Principles and Practices in Archives (3-0-3)

Introduction to the fundamentals of archival theory and functions, including core domains of 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 the importance of key archival principles, including respect for provenance, original order, authenticity, evidence, and value. Examination of the different types of archives and the formal, physical, and technical characteristics of records in a wide range of formats. Discussion of the importance of historical records, the role of archives in society, and the nature of records and recordkeeping systems. Introduction to research techniques and tools using archival materials. Investigation of the influence of technology on archival theory, method, and practice. Prerequisites: None  Sample syllabus

ARST 5100 - Archives and Technology (3-0-3)

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. Prerequisite: ARST 5000  Sample syllabus

ARST 5110 - Archives and the Web (3-0-3)

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. Prerequisite: ARST 5100  Sample syllabus

ARST 5150 - Preservation of Archival Records (3-0-3)

Overview of the considerations, priorities, and methods that archival professionals and repositories use when preserving records in all formats, including the principles and ethics of preservation within the context of an archival repository. Examination of the physical characteristics of analog and digital formats. Discussion of risks that cause degradation, such as poor environment, theft, and damage from disasters. Strategies to protect collections including environmental control, security, disaster preparedness, reformatting and digitization, storage and handling, conservation treatment, and preservation planning. Emphasis on integrating preservation principles into all archival functions.  Sample syllabus

ARST 5170 - Reference and Outreach Programs for Archives (3-0-3)

Examination of methods to provide effective customer service for users of archives; to ensure the security of archival material during use; to document research use; and researcher education. Discussion of the importance of promoting an archival program within its parent organization and to outside constituencies and the ways in which archival records are used for research. Other topics include practical methods for the administration of access, copyright, privacy, confidentiality, donor-imposed restrictions, and open records laws. Use of reference and access tools in both electronic and print format as well as skills important to making archival records available via the Internet. Prerequisite: ARST 5000

ARST 5200 - Arrangement and Description of Archival Materials (3-0-3)

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. Prerequisite: ARST 5000  Sample syllabus

ARST 5300 - Digital Preservation (3-0-3)

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. Prerequisites: ARST 5100, ARST 5150  Sample syllabus

ARST 5400 - Records Management (3-0-3)

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. Prerequisite: ARST 5000, ARST 5500

ARST 5500 - Archival Appraisal/Resource Selection and Evaluation (3-0-3)

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. Prerequisite: ARST 5000  Sample syllabus

ARST 6610 - Law, Ethics and Archives (3-0-3)

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. Prerequisite: ARST 5000 Sample syllabus

ARST 6620 - Managing Archives (3-0-3)

Introduction to general management principles and practices intended for archivists working in all types of organizations. Investigation of archivists' responsibility to document and preserve cultural memory. Topics include planning, budgeting, organizational theory, staffing, leadership, facilities, grant writing, budget and finances, and communication. Discussion of collaborative partnerships and relationships with information technologists, stakeholders, boards of directors, resource allocators, and others. Prerequisite: ARST 5000, ARST 5200, ARST 5300, ARST 5500

ARST 6800 - Research Methods (3-0-3)

Investigation of how research is integral to the archival profession. Explore the fundamental principles and practices of humanities and social science research, including historical interpretations, qualitative and quantitative methods, analysis and evaluation of data from a variety of sources, and making appropriate conclusions. Evaluate archival operations from the perspective of researchers. Pre-requisites: ARST 5000

ARST 6890 - Special Topics in Archival Studies (3-0-3)

Examination of current topics related to archives, including new practices in the core archival functions, the use of technology to facilitate curation, and the impact of new technologies. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor

ARST 6900 - Internship/Directed Research (3-V-6)

Internships provide practical experience and the observation of the professional work of others in a recognized archival repository under the supervision of an experienced professional archivist. Implement the knowledge acquired by the student in course work as well as provide insight into the basic functions and activities performed by archivists or records personnel. Directed research provides students with an opportunity to investigate some aspect of archives in depth, resulting in a defined project or research paper. Prerequisites: ARST 5000, ARST 6800

ARST 6999 - Thesis (1-V-6)

In-depth examination of some aspect of archives based on original ideas and research, supported by existing scholarship. Prerequisite: Completion of all course work leading to the Masters of Arts in Archival Studies. Prerequisite: ARST 5000, ARST 6800

ITFN 5000 - Intermediate Database Design for Archives (3-0-3)

Building on previous courses, investigate the practical knowledge and skills necessary to produce a well-designed database that enables the timely delivery of accurate information in a useful form. Includes identifying information needs within an organization, specifying user and organizational requirements, constructing a conceptual model for databases, and transforming the conceptualization into a relational data model. Normalize and instantiate the model into a database application using SQL Server. Pre-requisite: ARST 5100, ARST 5110