ARST 556D (3)

ARCHIVES AND THE WEB

Offered on an irregular basis

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: This course aims to provide knowledge of the role and potential of the Web as a medium for communicating information on archival institutions, programs and services, making finding aids and archival descriptive systems available to the users, providing online access to digital and/or digitized records and documents, and promoting among the general public a broad awareness of the importance of archives in contemporary societies. The importance of the web as source of information and knowledge for archivists will be enlightened as well. Through lectures, presentations on specific topics and analysis of archival web sites, students will gain insight into relevant issues arising from the nature and characteristics of the Web, and will learn how to make a correct and fruitful use of the Web in archival work.

OBJECTIVES:

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Discuss the role and the potential of the Web in archival work.
  • Analyse and evaluate archival web sites.
  • Make a correct and fruitful use of the Web as a medium for interacting with archival users and the general public
  • Make use of the Web as a source of information and knowledge for archivists;
  • Discuss and demonstrate understanding of the course topics listed below:

CONTENT:

  • Origin and characteristics of the Web;
  • Archival communication strategies through the Web;
  • Online access to archival descriptive systems and electronic finding aids;
  • Online access to digitised records and documents;
  • Online archival exhibitions.