Archives: Principles and Practices
Instructor: Pam Hackbart-Dean
Regular Registration: $1,000
Offered in partnership with the Society of American Archivists; course is eligible to receive 1.5 CEUs or 10 ARCs. This course is designed for librarians, records managers, museum staff, and administrators who have responsibility for archival records but little or no archives training. Although archivists have much in common with librarians, records managers, and museum staff, they must use different practices to protect the integrity of historical records. A strong archives program puts into practice long-standing archival principles. What are those principles and how are they implemented? This workshop provides an overview of the core archival functions of appraisal, accessioning, arrangement and description, preservation, reference, and access. This workshop will address the following issues: the terminology of archives and historical records and an overview of the body of knowledge needed, ethical responsibilities, and resources for continuing professional development; the principles and functions of archival organization: provenance, respect de fonds, and original order; core policy statements, professional standards, and best practices; evaluating an individual program to determine needed improvements; developing the knowledge base needed to make choices for balancing access to and preservation of historical records and holdings; and understanding of the role of the archives in fulfilling the mission of the institution.
Pam Hackbart-Dean has been Director of the Special Collections Research Center at Southern Illinois University Carbondale since 2006. Previously she was head of Special Collections & Archives at Georgia State University. From 1990 to 2000, she was the processing archivist for the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Study at the University of Georgia.
Hackbart-Dean has been active in many professional archival organizations, including the Academy of Certified Archivists, the Midwest Archives Conference and the Society of Georgia Archivists. She currently serves as a member on the Society of American Archivists Council.
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Hackbart-Dean received her MA in history from the University of and is a graduate of the NEH/SAA Preservation Management Training Program and the Archives Leadership Institute (ALI). She has conducted a number of workshops on arrangement and description, as well as published articles on the subject.