If you are at all responsible for your school¹s archives, I strongly
recommend that you participate in the annual Western Archives Institute.
Archiving is fundamentally different from librarianship, and I learned so
much during this packed two-week course.
It alternates between Northern and Southern California, so take advantage of
this year¹s location!
If you have any questions about the WAI or archiving in general, give me a
Lori Deibel, Librarian
The Branson School
From: "Jarosz, Ellen E" <ellen.jarosz@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 9:17 AM
To: "west_arch@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx" <west_arch@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [west_arch] 2017 Western Archives Institute
2017 Western Archives Institute
The 31st annual Western Archives Institute will be held at Santa Clara
University from July 9 21, 2017. The Western Archives Institute is an
intensive, two-week program that provides integrated instruction in basic
archival practices to individuals with a variety of backgrounds, including
those whose jobs require a fundamental understanding of archival skills, but
who have little or no previous archives education; those who have expanding
responsibility for archival materials; those who are practicing archivists
but have not received formal instruction; and those who demonstrate a
commitment to an archival career.
The Institute also features site visits to historical records repositories
and a diverse curriculum that includes history and development of the
profession, theory and terminology, records management, appraisal,
arrangement, description, manuscripts acquisition, archives and the law,
photographs, preservation administration, reference and access, outreach
programs, and managing archival programs and institutions.
Dennis Meissner has agreed to serve as the 2017 Principal Faculty Member.
Mr. Meissner recently retired from his job as Interim Deputy Director for
Programs at the Minnesota Historical Society, and is a Fellow of the Society
of American Archivists. He has participated in a number of SAA and
international efforts focused on the arrangement, description, and
management of archival materials, and presently serves on the board of the
SAA Foundation and on the National Historical Publications and Records
Commission. He has worked closely with the design, delivery, and management
of electronic finding aids to archival collections, and has participated in
numerous U.S. and international working groups in the development and
delivery of collection descriptions and the standards that underlie them,
including chairing RLG's EAD Best Practices Working Group and serving on the
Encoded Archival Context Working Group.
Meissner has consulted and presented workshops on archival processing and
description and has published largely in those areas, but also in the area
of business records management. In 2003, he and Mark Greene (American
Heritage Center, University of Wyoming) were awarded a yearlong NHPRC
Archival Research Fellowship to study archival processing expectations and
backlogs in U.S. repositories and to recommend changes to existing
practices. That research led to an article in the American Archivist, "More
Product, Less Process: Revamping Traditional Archival Processing," which has
since enjoyed a strong uptake within the archival community.
Tuition for the Institute is $725 and includes a selection of archival
publications. Other non-negotiable fees including program transportation,
facility fees, opening dinner, and luncheon at the closing program will be
available in early February. Housing and meal plans are available at
additional cost. (To assist in tuition payment, a WAI Scholarship
<http://www.calarchivists.org/Awards_Scholarships/WAI> is available.)
The application deadline is Friday, March 3, 2017. For additional program
information, see http://www.calarchivists.org/WAI
<http://www.calarchivists.org/WAI> , or contact:
Western Archives Institute
1020 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Telephone: (916) 6537715
Fax: (916) 6537134
E-mail: ArchivesWeb@xxxxxxxxxx <mailto:ArchivesWeb@xxxxxxxxxx>
The Western Archives Institute is co-sponsored by the Society of California
Archivists and the California State Archives.
The application package is available on the California State Archives web
site at http://www.sos.ca.gov/archives/western-archives-institute
<http://www.sos.ca.gov/archives/western-archives-institute> , and on the
Society of California Archivists web site at
http://www.calarchivists.org/WAI <http://www.calarchivists.org/WAI> .
Ellen E. Jarosz
Head of Special Collections and Archives
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8326
Phone: (818) 677-2597
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