School of Library and Information Studies

LIS 593 Outline

Archives Administration

Course Outline
Winter 2015

Instructor: Leslie Latta
Phone: 780-427-0058

Calendar Description:
Theories, practices, standards and methods used in the management of modern archives, with an historical overview and an emphasis on contemporary theory and practice.

Course Objectives:
• To provide students with a survey course introduction to the world of archives, through the practical lens of professionals currently working at Alberta’s largest archival facility.
• To provide students with an understanding of the standardized principles and methods used in the professional management of archival records and archival institutions.
• To provide students with an understanding of all operational facets of a modern archives.
• To acquaint students with major issues and trends in the Canadian archival community.

Measurable Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs):
• Students will demonstrate their knowledge of the key concepts and principles of archival practice and procedures, most specifically in the areas of textual and audiovisual records preservation and conservation.
• Students will acquire and apply descriptive and evaluative skills and methods to organize an archival fonds.
• After critical examination of archival studies and related literature, students will identify and analyze major issues and trends in the archival environment through a final term research paper.

• History of Archives
• Introduction to Fundamental Concepts in Archival Science
• The Archivist and the Legislative Context
• Archival Appraisal & Acquisition
• Archival Arrangement & Description
• Preservation & Conservation
• Access or Archival Reference
• Archival Outreach
• Digital Archives
• Facility Tours

• Practicing archival professionals with special expertise will deliver class lectures.
• Field trips (e.g., Provincial Archives of Alberta, City of Edmonton Archives, Edmonton Public Schools Archives)

Course Relationships:
LIS 501 is a pre-requisite to LIS 593. LIS 593 is related to LIS 594, Records Management, which deals with the management of records in their active stage.

Required Texts:

Archives: Principles and Practices by Laura A. Millar.

Assignments and Weighting:
• Preservation Planning Assignment = 15%
• Sample fonds Processing Assignment = 20%
• Audiovisual Preservation Assignment = 15%
• Term Paper = 40%
• Class Participation = 10%

School of Library and Information Studies Grading Statement:
Grades reflect professional judgements of student achievement made by instructors. These judgements are based on a combination of absolute achievement and relative performance in class. The instructor should mark in terms of raw scores, rank the assignments in order of merit, and with due attention to the verbal descriptions of the various grades, assign an appropriate final letter grade.

Grades are calculated in accordance with the SLIS Grading Procedure

Academic Integrity:
The University of Alberta is committed to the highest standards of academic integrity and honesty. Students are expected to be familiar with these standards regarding academic honesty and to uphold the policies of the University in this respect. Students are particularly urged to familiarize themselves with the provisions of the Code of Student Behaviour and avoid any behaviour which could potentially result in suspicions of cheating, plagiarism, misrepresentation of facts and/or participation in an offence. Academic dishonesty is a serious offence and can result in suspension or expulsion from the University.

Students should also be mindful of the SLIS Copyright Policy

Inclusive Language and Equity:
The Faculty of Education is committed to providing an environment of respect for all people within the university community and to educating faculty, staff, and students in developing teaching and learning contexts that are welcoming to all. The Faculty recommends that students and staff use inclusive language to create a classroom atmosphere in which students’ experiences and views are treated with equal respect and value in relation to their gender, racial background, sexual orientation and ethnic background. Students who require accommodations in this course due to a disability affecting mobility, vision, hearing, learning, or mental or physical health are advised to discuss their needs with Specialized Support and Disability Services.

Recording of Lectures:
Recording of lectures is permitted only with the prior written consent of the professor or if recording is part of an approved accommodation plan.

Policy about course outlines can be found in Section 23.4(2) of the University Calendar.