Standards and Structures for Records and Recordkeeping
Fall 2009 Greensheet
Textbooks and Readings
This course has an ANGEL site. Students will be instructor-enrolled in ANGEL prior to the first week of class.
Overview of the theory and current practice of records and archives intellectual control and the systems and products that establish it.
Student Learning Outcomes:
At the completion of the course, students will be able to:
- demonstrate a basic understanding of the concepts underlying arrangement and description of records
- define the intellectual control of records and distinguish it from the physical control of them, as well as salient concepts of custodial and post-custodial approaches to recordkeeping
- define the different types of standards, information structures and technology models endorsed and used by the recordkeeping professions
- demonstrate familiarity with major American and international archival representation standards such as ISAD(G)/ISAAR(CPF), representative description in the U.S. using DACS, machine-based representation using MARC, EAD/EAC, METS and other standards
- create output-appropriate records descriptions using standards
- describe the unique representation requirements of electronic records, and the metadata models developed to satisfy them
- describe and cite implementations of the U.S. Dept. of Defense standard DOD 5015.2 for records management applications
- articulate the development and cite implementations of international records management standards ISO 15489 and ISO 23081
This course helps satisfy the following MARA Core Competencies:
- C. Understand the evolution of information recordkeeping systems in response to technological change
- E. Understand the system of standards and structures endorsed and utilized by the recordkeeping professions, particularly in the area of digital assets management
- H. Be conversant with current information technologies and best practices relating to records preservation and security
This course requires a number of assignments designed to introduce students to the concepts covered in class and in the texts, as well as practical applications of methods. Students will work with specific recordkeeping scenarios and forms (provided by instructor via ANGEL).
Students accumulate 100 points to determine the course grade. See Grading below for details. Details for the assignments will be given at the first class meeting and requirements for each will be posted under your Lessons tab on ANGEL.
Each assignment for MARA 248 is valued at 10 points.
- Arrangement assignment (due Week 2). Drawing upon the theory presented in class, each student will devise a series level arrangement for a given group of records (provided by the instructor) and note this arrangement using common descriptive conventions.
- Context description assignment (due Week 3).The student will research and write a basic contextual description for his/her group of records. This description will include standard descriptive elements as outlined in such standards as DACS and ISAD(G).
- Authority control assignment (due Week 4). The student will utilize common authority controls to develop controlled access descriptors.
- Finding aid assignment (due Week 6). Following standard professional guidelines and models, the student will design a finding aid for his/her group of records.
- MARC cataloging assignment (due Week 7). Employing standard cataloging tools, the student will build a basic MARC record description for his/her group of records.
- Metadata assignment (due Week 8). The student will identify other important and applicable data and metadata schemes for his/her group of records.
- EAD assignment (due Week 11). Using descriptive work done in previous assignments for this class, the student will convert this information into an EAD data structure.
- Electronic standards assignment (due Week 13). Using a series of scenarios provided by the instructor, students will determine applicable standards to consider within a given electronic document context.
- Recordkeeping software assignment (due Week 15). The student will write a short paper that evaluates a given electronic recordkeeping application for its strengths and weaknesses and make a business case as to its adoption or rejection, using standard(s) developed for such evaluative purposes.
All assignments are due by 11:59 p.m. on their respective due date. Late submissions will cause a loss of 10% of the grade for that assignment.
There is no required text for this course. Students will be provided a large number of readings and published standards documentation via ANGEL. Please see the Course Calendar for readings and due dates.
- Week 1: Levels of arrangement and aggregation: classification schemes
- Week 2: Describing context: the who, what, where, when, why, and how.
- Week 3: More on context; Abstracting scope and content.
- Week 4: Standardization of description: bibliographic and other models.
- Week 5: Standardization, continued.
- Week 6: Authority control concepts and authority records. Authority control for authors and functions.
- Week 7: Access tools and their functions: finding aids. DACS/ISAD(G)/ISAAR et al.
- Week 8: Networked information access: eliminating geographical and time limitations.
- Week 9: From union databases to the World Wide Web: showing what we've got. Encoding standards for finding aids. Imaging standards.
- Week 10: Functional requirements for evidence: viewing records as metadata-encapsulated information objects. Metadata standards.
- Week 11: ISO 15489 – the international records management standard.
- Week 12: ISO 23081 – Metadata requirements to satisfy ISO 15489.
- Week 13: Other ERM and RIM standards.
- Week 14: Electronic recordkeeping system standard DoD 5012.2; OAIS - Open Archive Information System.
- Week 15: Recordkeeping software assignment due.
Textbooks and Readings
Required Readings (available online or posted on ANGEL):
- Fox, M. J. & Wilkerson, P. (1999). Introduction to 0rganization and description: Access to cultural heritage. Los Angeles: Getty. Available online at: http://www.getty.edu/research/conducting_research/standards/introarchives/.
- Dooley, J. M. (Ed.). (1998). Encoded archival description: Context, theory and case studies. Chicago: Society of American Archivists.
- DoD 5015.2-STD. (2002, June 19). Design criteria standard for electronic records management software applications. Locate online: http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/50152std_061902/p50152s.pdf
- ISO 15489-1:2001(E). (n.d.) Information and documentation: Records management. Part 1: General. Locate online: http://www.whitefoot-forward.com/iso_15489-1.pdf
- ISO 23081-1:2006. (n.d.) Information and documentation: Records management processes -- metadata for records. Part 1: Principles. locate online: https://committees.standards.org.au/COMMITTEES/IT-021/N0001/ISO_23081-1_2006.pdf
Other resources as provided on ANGEL.
- Society of American Archivists (2004). Describing Archives: A Content Standard. Chicago: Society of American Archivists. Available through Amazon: 1931666083.
The standard SJSU School of Information Grading Scale is utilized for all iSchool courses:
|97 to 100||A|
|94 to 96||A minus|
|91 to 93||B plus|
|88 to 90||B|
|85 to 87||B minus|
|82 to 84||C plus|
|79 to 81||C|
|76 to 78||C minus|
|73 to 75||D plus|
|70 to 72||D|
|67 to 69||D minus|
- C represents Adequate work; a grade of "C" counts for credit for the course;
- B represents Good work; a grade of "B" clearly meets the standards for graduate level work;
For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA) — INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 204 — the iSchool requires that students earn a B in the course. If the grade is less than B (B- or lower) after the first attempt you will be placed on administrative probation. You must repeat the class the following semester. If -on the second attempt- you do not pass the class with a grade of B or better (not B- but B) you will be disqualified.
- A represents Exceptional work; a grade of "A" will be assigned for outstanding work only.
Students are advised that it is their responsibility to maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).
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