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INF 389J - Appraisal and Selection of Records, Fall 2009
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Instructor: Dr. Patricia K. Galloway

Course Meeting Times
Monday, 1:00 PM to 4:00 P.M.

Course Description
The Appraisal and Selection course will treat paper records and those in other media, including electronic records. I plan to focus critically upon the following themes: what is the traditional theoretical basis for appraisal of archival materials, both records and manuscripts, and the social setting for its emergence; what were the effects of the shift to a "documentation strategy" as social history gained importance after the 1960s in the US and elsewhere; what differences are there in appraising personal as opposed to organizational records; what are the changes implied and entailed by electronic records in both organizational and personal arenas; and what have been the impacts of changes in archival practice on the structure of the archival record. Students will participate in class appraisal exercises and investigate appraisal practices in existing archives to discover what kinds of appraisal decisions are made in real-world environments, what constraints lead to such decisions, and how (and when and if!) archivists document their appraisal decisions.

Documented Disability Statement
Students with disabilities may request appropriate academic accommodations from the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, Services for Students with Disabilities, telephone 512-471-6259.

Religious Holy Days
By UT Austin policy, you must notify me of your pending absence at least fourteen days prior to the date of observance of a religious holy day. If you must miss a class, an examination, a work assignment, or a project in order to observe a religious holy day, I will give you an opportunity to complete the missed work within a reasonable time after the absence.

Professor: Dr. Patricia K. Galloway
Phone: (512) 232-9220
Office: SZB 566
Office Hours: 9:00 a.m -11:00 a.m Tuesday or by appointment
Contact Please use email in preference to telephone

Teaching Assistant: Arturo Longoria