LIS-S 585 Archival Appraisal and Management
Prerequisites: LIS S500 and S581
This course explores the archivist’s first and arguably most important responsibility: appraisal. Students explore the theories, techniques, and methods that archivists use to identify documents and other materials of enduring value for long-term preservation, access, and use.
- Analyze the methodologies and tools that archivists apply to develop selection and appraisal policies for inclusion in archives.
- Compare different appraisal approaches from the literature and evaluate the merits and shortcomings of each.
- Critique different appraisal policies from different archives and/or repositories.
- Weigh practical, legal, and ethical issues in the appraisal and acquisition of archives.
- Make professional decisions concerning the selection and acquisition of archival materials.
- Formulate students’ own ideas about contentious aspect of archival work based on their understanding of appraisal theories and recent discourse.