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LIS 442: Establishing Archives & Manuscript Collections: Home

National Archives Dec. 4, 1933


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Course Description

Developing a knowledge base that encompasses a variety of management competencies to sustain an archives is vital for archivists who often work in small one or two person repositories and who face the challenges of establishing new programs. This course is designed to acquaint students with the basic management functions of planning, organizing, staffing, and directing an archival facility. In addition to analyzing the management needs of archival facilities, the course is intended to help provide an understanding of human interactions in the workplace and develop the practical problem-solving skills needed to handle managerial problems in a professional manner. It will focus on understanding management theories, developing strategic plans, locating and pursuing sources of funding, marketing and outreach, understanding the physical and intellectual resources of an archival facility and sustaining program growth. The class will examine these issues within the context of different types of archives (i.e. government, academic, historical societies).