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Thursday, February 8 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Archives/Preservation Education SIG: Trends in Archival Education

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The Archival / Preservation Education SIG panel engages with current trends in teaching preservation and archival studies at the master's, doctoral, and undergraduate levels. Four individual presentations and audience discussion focus on innovative classroom pedagogy, community archives engagement, student research, and practical experience working with archival collections. Jennifer Douglas examines personal archives in archival curricula, and Patricia Franks considers pedagogical lessons from assembling an International Directory of National Archives for publication. Sarah Buchanan analyzes archival work through the lens of reported job titles, and Rhonda Clark evaluates current information services for genealogy and family history. Panelists will field questions and engage attendees in discussions contemplating future directions for archival education drawing on current classroom experiences. Below we present abstracts for each contribution in order of their presentation. We anticipate, in sequence, two 20 minute presentations, two 10 minute presentations, and 30 minutes for engaging in discussion with attendees.
 
Presentation 1: Personal Archives in Archival Curricula
 
Jennifer Douglas presents the findings of two exploratory research projects regarding the teaching of personal archives in archival programs. The first project examined the extent to which personal archives are included in archival curricula through a content analysis of program and course descriptions on school websites. The second project is a survey of recent graduates (since 2012) regarding their experiences of learning about personal archives during their archival degree programs. Through the study of personal archives, the shortcomings of traditional archival theory are highlighted and can be examined in context. Additionally, the study of personal archives can contribute to developing understanding of the affective dimensions of recordmaking and recordkeeping, as well as of the need for more empathic approaches to archival work and relationship building. Finally, personal archives might provide a real point of connection between archivists and archival institutions and a variety of stakeholders, and could be situated at the centre of new archival advocacy initiatives. For these reasons, personal archives are deserving of more attention than they currently receive from archival educators. The proposed paper will suggest ways that archival educators can reinforce the value and potential of personal archives by including them in more substantial, sustained and meaningful ways in their program development and teaching.
 
Presentation 2:  International Directory of National Archives : Strengthening Research Skills and Expanding Horizons
 
In July 2016, SJSU Professors Patricia C. Franks and Anthony Bernier embarked upon the daunting task of assembling an International Directory of National Archives for publication in mid-2018 by Rowman & Littlefield. Since then, over 60 graduate students and alumni of the School of Information have contributed their time and talents to gathering data about the status of the national archives of 198 countries. Serving as part of the extended research team contributing to the International Directory of National Archives helped participants understand how nations worldwide address the challenge of managing and preserving their documentary heritage and enabled them to contribute to a work that will share their findings with a global audience. Franks will describe the project, the research process, and lessons learned about the status of national archives today.  She will also describe value gained and lessons learned by members of the research team, such as core competencies mastered, ethical issues encountered, and challenges presented by participation in this 100% online field experience.
 
Presentation 3: Expansion of Job Titles Across Archival Practice
 
Sarah A. Buchanan shares research which analyzes a set of job titles reported by archivists in a recent study (published in American Archivist, Fall 2017). Over 440 responses from archival professionals indicate that while some archivists are responsible for a given regional area, others have purview for a certain type or format of records. Some titles combine archival responsibilities with management or coordination at some level, but also on the spectrum are titles that fail to name the archival work, which individuals still perform unofficially and unsaid. The presentation will analyze archival work in terms of the official titles by which archivists are known, and will integrate this analysis with findings from the larger study about emerging directions for pursuing archival advocacy.
 
Presentation 4: Genealogy and Family History in the Cultural Heritage Setting
 
Rhonda L. Clark evaluates the extent to which information professionals are called on to perform genealogy reference services, collaborative programming, and collection processing in an era of highly popular family history in popular culture, as well as the emergence of genealogy as science through DNA testing and analysis.  Insights will be shared from a study of cultural heritage institution programs, as well as responses from interviews with librarians, archivists, historians, and volunteers who work in the blended environments of family history collections. 


Thursday February 8, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Cotton Creek I

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