Module Information

Module Identifier
ILM1620
Module Title
Archive Management: Archive Services
Academic Year
2016/2017
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 1
External Examiners
  • Dr Elizabeth Mullins (Head of Subject, Archivistics - University College Dublin)
 
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 11 x 2 Hour Lectures
 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Report  2,500-3,000 words  50%
Semester Assessment Essay  2,500-3,000 words  50%

Learning Outcomes

After completing this module you should be able to;

  • define the nature of archives
  • list the major considerations to be taken into account in planning, designing and managing an archive building;
  • discuss archive preservation and conservation management;
  • discuss issues associated with access and outreach;
  • describe the current government policy and initiatives towards archives

Brief description

This module is designed to prepare students to deal with the strategic and operational issues which will be encountered in managing and delivering a modern Archive Service.
The module begins by defining Archives, establishing the functions of an Archive Service and examining the role of the Archivist. It will then consider: the professional landscape for archive keeping; relevant legislation and professional standards; and the moral and ethical responsibilities of the professional archivist.
Issues connected with access to archives and public service delivery are examined, including the need to engage with the funding and policy context to demonstrate value. The role of outreach strategies in achieving funding goals is considered.
The module also deals with the ‘physical defence’ of archives. Preservation and conservation in practice will be introduced through a visit to the National Library of Wales, to see how they care for their collections, and attendance at a professional conservators’ meeting. Students will continue to consider the preservation of archival material through: the design and management of archive buildings; the development and implementation of preservation policies; environmental monitoring; the role of the conservator and conservation; and disaster recovery planning.

Content

The topics to be covered comprise:
• The nature of archives and the role of the archivist
• Archival and information legislation and policies
• Professional ethics
• Public service delivery
• Preservation and conservation
• Learning and access: outreach strategies for archives
• Preservation: environmental monitoring
• Archives buildings design and function
• Preservation planning

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication A requirement to discuss and collaborate with members of the group in both seminar and practical work and formative presentation work.
Improving own Learning and Performance Problem based learning through practical work in seminars will help students acquire abilities that can be adapted for lifelong learning
Information Technology Use of professional sources and documentation will foster student awareness of available learning resources, and improve critical and evaluatory skills
Personal Development and Career planning The module provides an academic baseline and essential skills for information professionals
Problem solving Assignment work and seminar activities will utilize professional scenarios in which strategies for dealing with particular issues and problems need to be formulated.
Research skills Assignment preparation will require the identification and location of relevant academic and professional literature, and best practice within the profession.
Subject Specific Skills Professional skills in the management, promotion and preservation of archival materials will be developed
Team work Group activities are integral to the teaching of this module and to classroom exercises.

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 7