INF 389J - Appraisal and Selection of Records

Spring 2016
Unique ID: 27570
Prof:  Galloway, Patricia
Room: UTA 1.502
Days:  Mon
Time: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Graduate standing.

Investigates the history, theory, and practice of selecting and appraising records information for permanent or quasi-permanent retention in an archival environment. Explores influences of other stakeholders on the selection and appraising process. Three lecture hours a week for one semester.

The Appraisal and Selection course will
treat paper records and those in other media, including
electronic records. I plan to focus critically upon the following
themes: what is the traditional theoretical basis for appraisal
of archival materials, both records and manuscripts, and the
social setting for its emergence; what were the effects of the
shift to a "documentation strategy" as social history gained
importance after the 1960s in the US and elsewhere; what
differences are there in appraising personal as opposed to
organizational records; what are the changes implied and entailed
by electronic records in both organizational and personal arenas;
and what have been the impacts of changes in archival practice on
the structure of the archival record. Students will participate
in class appraisal exercises and investigate appraisal practices
in existing archives to discover what kinds of appraisal
decisions are made in real-world environments, what constraints
lead to such decisions, and how (and when and if!) archivists
document their appraisal decisions.

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