SI 692 (Archives Practicum) | Winter 2003 Syllabus
Monday, 1-4 PM
Bentley Historical Library | School of Information
Thomas E. Powers, with staff members of the Bentley Historical Library
Powers: By appointment at Bentley Library; e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This course in contemporary archival practice provides an opportunity for students to engage in core archival activities. The course's goal is to help students better understand archival theory by providing practical experiences in areas of appraisal, arrangement and description, and access.
Practicum activities: All class members (partial listing)
- Arrangement And Description
Each member of the class will process a collection or record group measuring about 1-2 linear feet and complete a finding aid by the due date. Students should anticipate spending approximately 15+ hours on this assignment (includes some class time).
Students will complete various cataloging assignments. These will include catalog description, selection of access points, and tagging of information using the MARC-Mixed Materials file.
- Electronic Access
Students will be given an assignment involving SGML and Encoded Archival Description (EAD). Details to follow class presentation.
Practicum activities: Members of subjectmodules
By the fourth week, class members will select a subject module for more intensive practical engagement. These modules (to be discuss at the first class meeting) will include:
- advanced arrangement and description
- appraisal of electronic records
- encoded archival description (EAD)
- reference access and outreach.
One of the requirements of the module assignment will be a written product (e.g., a finding aid, an exhibit, etc.) as well as an oral presentation during the last class period.
Grading of the CourseGrades will be assigned on the following basis:
Module projects and presentations: 30%
Processing and preparation of finding aid: 25%
MARC cataloging exercises: 20%
EAD exercise: 20%
Other exercises: 5%
Class Schedule: 2003
Week 1. (Jan. 6)
- Introduction to course (Thomas Powers)
- Concept of subject modules introduced
- Discussion of collection acquisition and appraisal
- Appraisal exercise (in class)
Week 2. (Jan. 13)
- Selection of first arrangement and description project
- Mechanics of processing: manuscript and university records
- Processing begins
Week 3. (Jan. 20)
NO CLASS. Please feel free to work on your processing assignment as your schedule permits throughout the week.
Week 4. (Jan. 27)(Gregory Kinney)
Greg Kinney is associate archivist at the BHL with responsibility for U-M athletic records and library technology.
- Discussion of the elements of a finding aid.
- Encoded Archival Desription (EAD) discussion and assignment
- Creating finding aid using Microsoft Word (demonstration)
- Selection of area modules
Week 5. (Feb. 3)(Nancy Bartlett)
Nancy Bartlett is head of the library's University Archives and Records Program (UARP).
- Discussion of university records.
- Meetings with module leaders.
- Processing as time permits
Week 6. (Feb. 10)(Leonard Coombs)
Leonard Coombs is an associate archivist at the Bentley Library.
- MARC: archival cataloging assignment.
- Processing assignment due.
Week 7. (Feb. 17)
- Work with module leaders on project.
- 1st cataloging assignment due.
(Semester Break) Feb. 24
Week 8. (March 3)(Leonard Coombs; Greg Kinney)
- Review of first cataloging assignment.
- Continuation of SGML/EAD introduction
- Module work continues
Week 9. (March 10)(Karen Jania)
Karen Jania is reference archivist at the Bentley Historical Library.
- Access and reference
- 2nd cataloging assignment due.
Week 10. (March 17)(Nancy Deromedi)
Nancy Deromedi is assistant archivist at the Bentley Library. She will discuss electronic records. Module members to work on assignments as time permits
Week 11. (March 24)(Brian Williams ; Ann Flowers)
Brian Williams is associate archivist at the Bentley Library. He will discuss processing of visual and audio materials, including preservation concerns.
Ann Flowers, associate archivist at the BHL, will discuss preservation microfilming.
Week 12. (March 31)(Sally Bund)
Sally Bund is consultant on the library's architectural holdings.
Week 13. (April 7)(William Wallach)
William Wallach, associate director of the BHL, will discuss grant writing as an aspect of archival administration, followed by a more detailed discussion of proposal writing.
- Assignments for modules due by end of this week (or earlier date specified by module leader)
- Module groups will meet briefly with their leaders to review their individual projects and to discuss their presentations for the last class meeting.
Week 14. (April 14)
Final class presentations
The class syllabus was last updated on December 18, 2002.