Archives & Manuscripts
Spring 2021 Syllabus
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Canvas Information: Courses will be available beginning January 27 unless you are taking an intensive or a one-unit or two-unit class that starts on a different day. In that case, the class will open on the first day that the class meets.
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An introduction to the theory and practice of managing archival documents, such as personal papers, institutional records, photographs, electronic records, and other unpublished material. Topics covered include manuscript and records acquisition and appraisal, arrangement and description, conservation and preservation, reference, and access.
- Full participation in assigned reading/viewing of instructional material, all Canvas class discussion posts, and bookmarking/tagging; These activities support CLO#1, CLO#2, CLO#3 and CLO#4
- Completion of assigned class exercises; Requirements provided via Canvas. These exercises support CLO#1;
- Composition of two short Assignments (< 10 pp. narrative) in response to tasks/questions posed by the instructor, due Sunday at 11:59 PM PST of Week 12 (4/25) and Week 14 (5/9), respectively.
- The first Assignment involves the use of a social bookmarking website (Diigo.com) and active monitoring of current Web news stories involving archives over the first 10 weeks of the course. This Assignment is done in groups. Requirements provided via Canvas. This Assignment supports CLO#2, CLO#3, CLO#4 and CLO#5.
- The second Assignment involves a virtual (review any Web presence) and physical visit to an archival repository in your geographic area and a written report about your visit. Requirements provided via Canvas. This Assignment supports CLO#2, CLO#3, CLO#4 and CLO#5
- Please note: due to the constantly evolving situation surrounding the Coronavirus epidemic, virtual visits via Zoom or other arrangement of preference is acceptable in lieu of a physical visit. My colleagues have been exceptonally accommodating during this time of uncertainty.
- Completion of a comprehensive exam - available on 5/10 at 9:00 AM PST, due 5/12 11:59 PM PST. The exam is a combination of 20 fill-in-the-blank, short answer, multiple-choice, and True-False questions and is administered entirely in Canvas. This exam supports CLO#1
This course is structured overall as a series of Monday-Sunday weeks. Week 1 begins on January 27, so it is a little short.
This schedule is subject to change with fair notice. The date in parentheses is the FIRST day of the week, Monday, with the exception of Week 1, which begins on Wednesday.
- Week 1 (1/27): The Archival Mission; Archival Ethics; the Archival Profession
- Week 2 (2/1): Archival Appraisal & Appraisal Models
- Week 3 (2/8): Acquisitions and Accessioning
- Week 4 (2/15): Archival Arrangement
- Week 5 (2/22): Archival Description
- Week 6 (3/1): Standards - Standards and Technology, part 1
- Week 7 (3/8): Best Practices - Standards and Technology, part 2
- Week 8 (3/15): Preservation and Security
- Week 9 (3/22): Access and Reference
- March 29 - April 2 is Spring Break. There is no course activity this week.
- Week 10 (4/5): Outreach and Promotion
- Week 11 (4/12): Audiovisual and Film
- Week 12 (4/19): Digital Archives (Assignment 1 due 4/25, 11:59 PM PST)
- Week 13 (4/26): Management
- Week 14 (5/3): Introduction to Digital Humanities (Assignment 2 due 5/9, 11:59 PM PST)
- Week 15 (5/10): Comprehensive exam opens Monday, 5/10, 9:00 AM PST, due Wednesday, 5/12, 11:59 PM PST. A study guide will be provided via Canvas sometime around Week 12.
Your course grade will be weighted through the following assignments:
|Class participation||30% (includes weekly discussion, weekly bookmarking, exercises)|
|Short Assignments (2)||25% x 2 = 50%|
Course Content Delivery
All Course lecture is delivered via videocasts accessible via the Web. The videocasts are available for download and are .mp4 files containing both audio and video. Each videocast will have transcripts for accessibility. It is the student's responsibility to convert these files to a format appropriate for delivery on devices other than desktop/laptop computers.
All other course content is delivered via Canvas or via links to the WWWeb.
Deadlines and Due Dates
Lecture comments/questions, class exercises, and discussion questions/comments are due via their assigned Week's Discussion Board by Saturday of their Week at 11:59 PM PST so that I may comment on the Week discussion and create any follow-up.
The two short Assignments are due on Sunday of their Week by 11:59 PM PST. Any last-minute questions about these Assignments must be submitted by the Friday prior to the due date by 5:00 PM PST. See the Assignments and Course Calendar sections above for these due dates.
Because one of the two major assignments requires a physical visit to a professional archival repository, students should begin a canvass of their area to identify potential locations immediately. I will need notice of your site no later than Friday of Week 4 (that's 2/19) at 5:00 PM PST. Please send me a message via Canvas with your site and archivist contact information, especially an email address. Contact me via Canvas if you need help with this.
In order to share your professional archival repository with your classmates, you must post a brief (one paragraph) description of your site to a Canvas Discussion Board specially prepared for this by Friday of Week 6 (that's 3/5) at 11:59 PM PST. This site description is graded. More information will be available via Canvas.
All assignments are to be submitted, complete, on the due dates as specified. Students submitting assignments late will be penalized one letter grade for papers and no credit for exercises in the assessment of the final grade. If a student cannot submit an assignment by the due date, it is his/her responsibility to discuss the situation with the instructor prior to the due date.
All dates will be posted on the course site calendar tool on Canvas. However, if there is a discrepancy between Canvas and this Syllabus, the Syllabus prevails.
Quality of Work
This is a Graduate course. Therefore, students are expected to produce mature written work of a scholarly level that conforms to a particular style manual (APA) and presents a well-supported thesis, free of spelling, and major grammatical errors.
Course Workload Expectations
Success in this course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of forty-five hours over the length of the course (normally 3 hours per unit per week with 1 of the hours used for lecture) for instruction or preparation/studying or course related activities including but not limited to internships, labs, clinical practica. Other course structures will have equivalent workload expectations as described in the syllabus.
Instructional time may include but is not limited to:
Working on posted modules or lessons prepared by the instructor; discussion forum interactions with the instructor and/or other students; making presentations and getting feedback from the instructor; attending office hours or other synchronous sessions with the instructor.
Student time outside of class:
In any seven-day period, a student is expected to be academically engaged through submitting an academic assignment; taking an exam or an interactive tutorial, or computer-assisted instruction; building websites, blogs, databases, social media presentations; attending a study group;contributing to an academic online discussion; writing papers; reading articles; conducting research; engaging in small group work.
INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 204.
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of basic archival principles and practices.
- Describe the variety of functions performed by archivesÂ and archivists, and the range of environments in which archival professionals work.
- Identify the issues involved in acquiring,Â processing, and making recordsÂ available to researchers.
- Identify the similarities and differences between theÂ roles of archivistsÂ and related informationÂ professionals.
- Define the challenges facing the archives profession today and in the future.
Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)
INFO 256 supports the following core competencies:
- C Articulate the importance of designing programs and services supportive of diversity, inclusion, and equity for clientele and employees.
- F Use the basic concepts and principles related to the selection, evaluation, organization, and preservation of physical and digital information items.
- G Demonstrate understanding of basic principles and standards involved in organizing information such as classification and controlled vocabulary systems, cataloging systems, metadata schemas or other systems for making information accessible to a particular clientele.
- Hunter, G. S. (2020). Developing and maintaining practical archives: A how-to-do-it manual (3rd ed.). Chicago, IL: Neal Schuman. Available through Amazon: 083891277X
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|
In order to provide consistent guidelines for assessment for graduate level work in the School, these terms are applied to letter grades:
- 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 or Informatics) — 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 if you wish to stay in the program. 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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