ARST 540 (3)

ARCHIVAL PUBLIC SERVICES

PREREQUISITES:

MAS and Dual Students: completion of the MAS core courses

MLIS students: completion of the MLIS core courses, plus permission of the SLAIS Graduate Adviser

GOAL: The goal of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the principles underpinning and the processes involved in providing archival reference services and developing public programs.

OBJECTIVES:

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the principles and concepts applying to archivists’ responsibility to make holdings accessible. [1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 4.1, 5.1]*
  • Demonstrate understanding of the use and users of archives. [1.1, 1.3]*
  • Understand, analyze and evaluate the processes of providing reference services. [1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 5.1]*
  • Understand, analyze and evaluate the development and implementation of programs to promote the appreciation, use, and accessibility of archives. [1.1, 1.2, 5.1, 5.2]*

* iSchool Statement on Graduate Competencies

CONTENT:

  • General principles and concepts associated with accessibility of archives
  • The types of use made of archival material
  • The interaction of archivists and users in reference services
  • The organization, delivery, and evaluation of reference service
  • Legal and security concerns in reference service
  • Ethical concerns in reference service
  • Planning, implementation, and evaluation of programs to increase appreciation, use and accessibility of archives
  • The relationship between digital and analog means of providing access to archives