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DATE

THEME

ASSIGNMENT

Week One (Tuesday, September 4th, 2012) 

Introduction and Overview of Records, Archives, and the Archival Profession
(information family tree, records, records professionals, archivist, archives, importance of records to society, our digital lives)

• Gregory S. Hunter, Developing and Maintaining Practical Archives, (New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2003), pp. 1-20 ("Introduction to Archives and Manuscripts").
• James M. O'Toole, Understanding Archives and Manuscripts (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 1990) ch. 2 ("History of Archives and the Archives Profession").
• Luke Gilliland-Swetland, "Provenance of a Profession: The Permanence of the Public Archives and Historical Manuscript Tradition in American Archival History," American Archivist (Spring 1991): 160-175.
• Bekir Kemal Ataman, "Requirements for Information Professionals in a Digital Environment: Some Thoughts," Program: Electronic Library and Information Systems 43(2) (2009): 215 - 228.

 

Week Two (Tuesday, September 11th, 2012)

History, Definitions, Concepts and Models
(record, authenticity and reliability, evidential and informational value, records and papers, archive, digital archive, trusted digital repository, archivist, provenance and original order, parallel-provenance, bodies of records, levels of control, paradigms, models of records and recordkeeping, OAIS)

• Shelley Sweeney, "The Ambiguous Origins of the Archival Principal of Provenance," Libraries and the Cultural Record 43 (2) (2008): 193-213.
• Luciana Duranti, "Diplomatics," Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science (New York, Basel, Hong Kong: Marcel Dekker, INC., 2009).
• Geoffrey Yeo, "Concepts of Record (1): Evidence, Information, and Persistent Representations," American Archivist 70 (Fall/Winter 2007): 315-343.
• Geoffrey Yeo, "Concepts of Record (2): Prototypes and Boundary Objects," American Archivist 71 (1) (Summer 2008): 118-143.
• Susan Thomas and Janette Martin, "Using the Papers of Contemporary British Politicians as a Testbed for the Preservation of Digital Personal Archives," Journal of the Society of Archivists 27 (1) (April 2006): 29-56.
• Paradigm Project, Workbook on Digital Private Papers 2005-2007. Read section 01 (Introduction), http://www.paradigm.ac.uk/workbook/

 

 

Week Three (Tuesday, September 18th, 2012)

Processing – Arrangement
(record group, subgroup, series, subseries, file; arrangement examples; processing conundrum; MPLP; capturing metrics)

• T. R. Schellenberg, "Archival Principles of Arrangement," in A Modern Archives Reader, edited by Maygene F. Daniels and Timothy Walch, (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Service, 1984), 149-161.
• Oliver W. Holmes, "Archival Arrangement--Five Different Operations at Five Different Levels," in A Modern Archives Reader, edited by Maygene F. Daniels and Timothy Walch (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Service, 1984), 162-180.
• Kathleen D. Roe, Arranging and Describing Archives and Manuscripts (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2005), pp. 1-70 and pp.119-130.
• Mark A. Greene and Dennis Meissner, "More Product, Less Process: Revamping Traditional Archival Processing," American Archivist 68 (2) (Fall/Winter 2005): 208-263.

 

Week Four (Tuesday, September 25th, 2012)

Processing – Arrangement Lab (includes discussion of TBI Arrangement)

• Frederick M. Miller, Arranging and Describing Archives and Manuscripts (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 1990), chapter 7.
• Jennifer Meehan, "Making the Leap from Parts to Whole: Evidence and Inference in Archival Arrangement and Description," American Archivist 72 (1) (Spring/Summer 2009): 72-90.
• Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler and Diane Vogt-O'Connor, Photographs: Archival Care and Management, "Accessioning and Arrangement."

ASSIGNMENT DUE: TBI Arrangement

BEGIN WORK ON GROUP PROCESSING PROJECT – Make sure to read through the Processing Manual and Appendices sections of the Guidebook!

Week Five (Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012)

Processing – Description and Access
(definitions, objectives, relationship of arrangement and description, descriptive tools, federating archival description, finding aids, components of finding aids, authority work, national and international descriptive standards)

• Kathleen D. Roe, Arranging and Describing Archives and Manuscripts (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2005), 71-97 and 131-174.
• DACS: Describing Archives: A Content Standard, read v-xxi and review parts I, II, and III.
• Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler and Diane Vogt-O'Connor, Photographs: Archival Care and Management, "Description and Cataloging."
• Michele Light and Tom Hyry, "Colophons and Annotations: New Directions for the Finding Aid," American Archivist 65 (Fall/Winter 2002): 216-230.
• Paradigm Project, Workbook on Digital Private Papers 2005-2007. Read section 06 (Arranging and Cataloging Digital and Hybrid Archives), http://www.paradigm.ac.uk/workbook/

ASSIGNMENT DUE: TBI Arrangement Critique

Week Six (Tuesday, October 9th, 2012)

Technology and the Transformation of Archival Description (DACS and MARC Lab)
(archival workflow, database and markup technologies, Archivists' Toolkit, Archon, MARC, DACS)

• Daniel V. Pitti, "Technology and the Transformation of Archival Description," Journal of Archival Organization 3 (2/3) (2005): 9-22.
• Review the Library of Congress "Understanding MARC Bibliographic Machine-Readable Cataloging" web site available at http://lcweb.loc.gov/marc/umb/
• Review the University of Southern Mississippi MARC 21 tutorial available at http://www.lib.usm.edu/legacy/techserv/marc21_tutorial_ie/ and the Authority Tutorial available at http://www.lib.usm.edu/legacy/techserv/auth_tutorial/
• Look at "MARC 21 Concise Format for Bibliographic Data" available from the LOC website at http://www.loc.gov/marc/bibliographic/ecbdhome.html
• DCC Digital Curation Manual, "Installment on Archival Metadata" (2006). http://www.dcc.ac.uk/resources/curation-reference-manual/completed-chapters/archival-metadata
• Open Source Software Solutions:

o Archon, http://www.archon.org/index.php
o Archivists' Toolkit, http://archiviststoolkit.org/

ASSIGNMENT DUE: Description Assignment

Week Seven (Tuesday, October 16th, 2012)

Technology and the Transformation of Archival Description (EAD Lab)
(markup technologies, specifying elements in a document, EAD as a specific implementation of XML, DTDs and schemas, creating XML documents, delivering XML documents over the web, EAD in more detail, XML authoring software, EAD tag library, EAC-CPF)

• Elizabeth Dow, "Encoded Archival Description as a Halfway Technology," Journal of Archival Organization, 7(3) (2009): 108-115.
• EAD: Encoded Archival Description Version 2002 Official Site (EAD Official Site, Library of Congress) http://www.loc.gov/ead/
• Encoded Archival Description Tag Library, Version 2002. http://www.loc.gov/ead/tglib/index.html
• OCLC Research Over, Under, Around, and Through: Getting Around Barriers to EAD Implementation, http://www.oclc.org/research/publications/library/2010/2010-04.pdf

ASSIGNMENT DUE: ARPP

Week Eight (Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012)

An Introduction to Processing of Born Digital Materials and Digital Forensics
(terms and definitions, digital forensics and archives, tools, case studies of processing born digital materials)

• Laura Carroll, Erika Farr, Peter Hornsby and Ben Ranker, "A Comprehensive Approach to Born-Digital Archives," Archivaria 72 (Fall 2011): 61-92.
• Jeremy Leighton John, "Adapting Existing Technologies for Digitally Archiving Personal Lives: Digital Forensics, Ancestral Computing, and Evolutionary Perspectives and Tools," Paper presented at iPRES 2008: The Fifth International Conference on Preservation of Digital Objects, London, UK, September 29-30, 2008. http://www.bl.uk/ipres2008/presentations_day1/09_John.pdf
• Mathew G. Kirschenbuam et al., "Digital Materiality: Preserving Access to Computers as Complete Environments," Paper presented at iPRES 2009: The Sixth International Conference on Preservation of Digital Objects, London, UK, September 29-30, 2009. http://lib.stanford.edu/digital-forensics
• Karen Ballinger et al., "Digital Archaeology Lab Manual" (2011). https://pacer.ischool.utexas.edu/handle/2081/23283

ASSIGNMENT DUE: MARC and EAD
Week Nine (Tuesday, October 30th, 2012)

Computer Boot Camp – Quinn Stewart, Instructional Technology Specialist
(archivists and computers, nature of born digital records, history of computing, functions of a computer, computer components)

Practicum Meetings

• Ciaran B. Trace, "Beyond the Magic to the Mechanism: Computers, Materiality and What it Means for Records to Be "Born Digital" Archivaria 72 (Fall 2011): 5-27.
• Gregory S. Hunter, "Digital Records," in Developing and Maintaining Practical Archives, Second Edition (New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2004) pp. 237-283.
• Matthew G. Kirschenbaum, Richard Ovenden, and Gabriela Redwine,
"Digital Forensics and Born-Digital Content in Cultural Heritage Collections," Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) report, December 2010. http://www.clir.org/pubs/abstract/pub149abst.html

 
Week Ten (Tuesday, November 6th, 2012)

Appraisal
(definitions, why appraise, appraisal and records management, historical overview of appraisal theories from Meisner to postmodernism, participatory appraisal, reappraisal and de-accessioning, appraisal of born digital materials, intersection of digital tools and appraisal)

• Ole Kolsrud, "The Evolution of Basic Appraisal Principles - Some Comparative Observations," American Archivist 55 (Winter 1992): 26-39.
• Terry Cook, "Mind Over Matter: Towards A New Theory of Archival Appraisal," in Barbara L. Craig, ed., The Archival Imagination: Essays in Honour of Hugh A. Taylor (Ottawa: Association of Canadian Archivists, 1992), pp. 38-70.
• Carol Couture, "Archival Appraisal: A Status Report," Archivaria 59 (Spring 2005): 83-108.
• Ciaran B. Trace, "On or Off the Record? Notions of Value in the Archive," in Currents of Archival Thinking, eds. Terry Eastwood and Heather MacNeil (Santa Barbara, Calif.: Libraries Unlimited, 2010): 47-68.
• F. Gerald Ham, Selecting and Appraising Archives and Manuscripts (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 1992), chapters 6, 7, 10.
• Paradigm Project, Workbook on Digital Private Papers 2005-2007. Read section 04 (Appraisal and Disposal) http://www.paradigm.ac.uk/workbook/

 
Week Eleven (Tuesday, November 13th, 2012)

Acquisition, Accessioning and Collection Development
(definitions, determining a collecting focus, collection development documents and policies, types of collecting, fieldwork, working with donors, acquisition, accessioning, collection development with born digital records, surveying records, transfer process, ingest, tools, Archivematica)

• Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler and Diane Vogt-O'Connor, Photographs: Archival Care and Management, "Appraisal and Acquisitions."
• F. Gerald Ham, Selecting and Appraising Archives and Manuscripts (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 1992), Chapter 4.
• Virginia R. Stewart, "A Primer on Manuscript Field Work," The Midwest Archivist 1 (2) (1976): 3-20.
• Susan Davis, "Electronic Records Planning in "Collecting" Repositories," American Archivist 71 (1) (Spring-Summer 2008): 167-189.
• Paradigm Project, Workbook on Digital Private Papers 2005-2007. Read sections 03 (Working with Record Creators), and 02 (Collection Development), http://www.paradigm.ac.uk/workbook/
• Simson Garfinkel and David Cox. "Finding and Archiving the Internet Footprint," paper, presented at the First Digital Lives Research Conference: Personal Digital Archives for the 21st Century, London, England, 9–11 February 2009.

ASSIGNMENT DUE: Inventory/Finding Aid
Week Twelve (Tuesday, November 20th, 2012)

Law and Ethics
(policies, sources of law, transferring ownership and rights, providing access to materials, right to know, use and intellectual property, traditional knowledge licenses, codes of ethics, core values, ethics and access issues with digital records, social justice)

• Copyright Term and the Public Domain Chart http://copyright.cornell.edu/resources/publicdomain.cfm
• Society of American Archivists, “Code of Ethics for Archivists” http://www.archivists.org/governance/handbook/app_ethics.asp
• Sara Hodson, “In Secret Kept, In Silence Sealed: Privacy in the Papers of Authors and Celebrities,” American Archivist 67 (2004): 194-211.
• Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler and Diane Vogt-O’Connor, Photographs: Archival Care and Management, “Legal and Ethical Issues of Ownership, Access and Usage.”
• Eric Ketelaar, “Archival Temples, Archival Prisons: Modes of Power and Protection,” Archival Science 2 (2002): 221-238.
• Randall C. Jimerson, “Archives for All: Professional Responsibility and Social Justice,” American Archivist 70 (2) (Fall/Winter 2007): 252-281.
• Verne Harris, “The Archive is Politics,” in Archives and Justice: A South African Perspective (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2007), 239-252.

 
Week Thirteen (Tuesday, November 27th, 2012)

Access and Reference
(definitions, access and user paradigm, types of access, barriers to access, users and use of archival materials, reference versus research, reference models, reference process, archival instruction, archival literacy, security, technology and reference, access to digitized and born digital material, archives and Web 2.0, visualizations tools, crowdsourcing, K-12)

• Mary Jo Pugh, Providing Reference Services for Archives and Manuscripts (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2005), chapters 3-9.
• Ciaran B. Trace, "For Love of the Game: An Ethnographic Analysis of Archival Reference Work," Archives and Manuscripts 34 (1) (May 2006): 124-143.
• Wendy Duff and Allyson Fox, "You're a Guide Rather than an Expert:" Archival Reference from an Archivist's Point of View," Journal of the Society of Archivists 27 (2) (October 2006): 129-153.
• Max Evans, "Archives of the People, by the People, For the People," American Archivist 70 (2) (Fall-Winter 2007): 387-400.
• Magia G. Krause, "Learning in the Archives: A Report on Instructional Practices," Journal of Archival Organization, 6 (4) (December 2008): 233 – 268.
• Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler and Diane Vogt-O'Connor, Photographs: Archival Care and Management, "Reference Services and the Research Room" and "Outreach: Public Programs, Public Relations, and Fund-Raising."

 
Week Fourteen (Tuesday, December 4th, 2012)

Class Presentations and Course Wrap Up

• Trudy Huskamp Peterson, “An Archival Bestiary,” American Archivist 54 (Spring 1991): 192-205.

Groups should come to class prepared to make an informal, oral presentation (10 minutes) about the semester processing project. Presentations may include such topics as:

    • A brief description of the collection and its importance;
    • A summary of the problems you encountered in processing the collection and the strategies you devised during processing to solve these problems;
    • A discussion of how your understanding of the collection changed;
    • An assessment of the potential audience for the collection; and
    • A brief description of how you would have processed this collection if you had been following MPLP guidelines.

ASSIGNMENT DUE: Final Inventory/Finding Aid

ASSIGNMENT DUE: EAD Finding Aid

ASSIGNMENT DUE: "My Contribution to the Processing Project" Memo




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