Advanced Archival Description

This course explores the purposes of archival description and the place of description in the continuum of archival practice, especially its relationship to arrangement, discovery, and reference. The course exposes students to the application of archival description and introduces the tools used to create description: content and encoding standards, controlled vocabularies, and content management systems. The course also emphasizes the importance of understanding users and applying this knowledge to influence descriptive practice, local practice and implementation, and online discovery environments. Introduction to Archives is a prerequisite for this course.

Provides an understanding of archival descriptive standards and practices. Focuses on the development and use of bibliographic standards to create and exchange data concerning archival records. Particular emphases include the MARC format, the development, implementation, and evaluation of Encoded Archival Description and Encoded Archival Context, content management systems, digital encoding standards, and digital library development.

Course Information



4 Points

Term Section Instructor Schedule Location

Fall 2017

Hillel David Arnold
T: 4:55 PM - 7:35 PM KJCC 602