Workshop 5

Workshop on Archival Studies Masters Degree Curriculum
Paul Conway (University of Michigan)
Thursday, July 16, 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM
MITH Conference Room

In addition to our role as research scholars, an important aspect of our work as faculty is professional training, which encompasses a mix of archival theory/conceptualization and archival work processes that span the analog and the digital. It is becoming increasingly clear that archival science faculty face a number of explicit challenges in fulfilling this teaching role, including flat or declining enrollments, varying levels of estrangement from the professional associations that still accredit or monitor our programs, and an emerging ennui concerning the organizational contexts of professional employment.  

The AERI 2015 workshop on archival studies graduate curriculum seeks to forge a shared understanding about who and what we teach and where our curriculum should be going in the wider context of the higher education schools and departments within which archival studies exist. The half-day workshop will start with brief presentations and a wide ranging discussion of the state of graduate level education in archives and records management. A working lunch will feature small group exercises to focus on options for collaboration in curriculum innovation. The final after-lunch session will focus on co-developing an action plan for research, advocacy, and engagement on graduate level education.

It would be best (but not required) if all participants came to the workshop with a brief statement on the existing archival studies curriculum at their universities and its relationship to the wider curriculum in their school or department, plus any supplemental information that they wish to share. This background will initially be presented as a one-sentence statement (“burning issue on your mind”) as part of the introductions.

11:00 – 11:15 Introductions and order lunches              
  • Introduce yourself: name, rank, and serial number
  • State in one sentence one burning issue on your mind
  • Order lunches from menu for delivery after noon
11:15 – 12:00 Brief contextual presentations
  • Rebecka Sheffield: archival studies in ALA accredited schools
  • Donald Force: records and info management in higher education
  • Jane Zhang: RM/ERM in the archival curriculum
  • Carolyn Hank: digital curation curriculum and archives
12:00 – 12:30 Open discussion on the state of the art
  • Consolidate major points from brief presentations.
12:30 – 2:00 Working Lunch (in situ)
  • Each table chooses one issue involving potential collaboration from a list and delve as deeply into the question as time and interest permits.
  • Develop two action items for the AERI that might address the question.
2:00 – 3:00 Action planning (subject to on-the-fly adjustment)
  • Consolidate and augment action items from lunch discussion
  • Question: local/individ. curriculum development versus coordinated effort
  • Question: graduate degree versus archival path/specialization/focus
  • Question: what about professional association education interest groups
3:00-3:30 Wrap up and follow up ideas
  • List major take away points and “immediate” next steps (e.g., task group, survey research, position paper, liaison with iConference)