INFO 6800 Archives – February 11, 2013                    Week Six – Archival AppraisalObjectives   1.   Introduce various...
The Records of American Business, edited by James O’Toole, 162-229. Chicago: TheSociety of American Archivists, 1997.Cook,...
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Handout for week six of INFO 6800 (Winter 2013), a course on archives taught at the Dalhousie University School of Information Management.

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INFO 6800 (Winter 2013) Week Six Seminar Handout

  1. 1. INFO 6800 Archives – February 11, 2013 Week Six – Archival AppraisalObjectives 1. Introduce various archival appraisal methods 2. Examine practical challenges presented by archival appraisal 3. Discuss new developments in appraisal theory and practice 4. Apply appraisal theory to actual archival recordsActivities: Seminar presentations and archival appraisal exercise (Killam 2616)Required ReadingsBailey, Catherine. “From the Top Down: The Practice of Macro-Appraisal.” Archivaria 43(1997): 89 -128.http://journals.sfu.ca/archivar/index.php/archivaria/article/view/12177/13188.Library and Archives Canada. “Appraisal Methodology: Macro-Appraisal and FunctionalAnalysis. Part B: Guidelines for Performing an Archival Appraisal on GovernmentRecords.” Prepared by Terry Cook. Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada, 2001.http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/government/disposition/007007-1041-e.html.Samuels, Helen Willa. “Who controls the past?” American Archivist 49.2 (1986): 109-124. Accessed September 13, 2010.http://archivists.metapress.com/content/t76m2130txw40746/fulltext.pdf.Shilton, Katie and Ramesh Srinivasan. “Participatory Appraisal and Arrangement forMulticultural Archival Collections.” Archivaria 63 (Spring 2007): 87-101.http://journals.sfu.ca/archivar/index.php/archivaria/article/view/13129/14371.Optional ReadingsEastwood, Terry. “Reflections on the Goal of Archival Appraisal in DemocraticSocieties.” Archivaria 54 (2002): 59-71.http://journals.sfu.ca/archivar/index.php/archivaria/article/view/12855/14080.Greene, Mark A. and Todd Daniels-Howell. “Chapter 7: Documentation with Attitude: APragmatists Guide to the Selection and Acquisition of Modern Business Records.” In INFO 6800 Archives (Winter 2013) – Week Six Seminar | 1
  2. 2. The Records of American Business, edited by James O’Toole, 162-229. Chicago: TheSociety of American Archivists, 1997.Cook, Terry. “Macroappraisal in Theory and Practice: Origins, Characteristics, andImplementation in Canada, 1950-2000.” Archival Science 5.2/4(2005): 101-161.http://link.springer.com.ezproxy.library.dal.ca/article/10.1007/s10502-005-9010-2.Prepare for Discussion 1. What are the components of documentation strategy? What has prevented the method from becoming widely adopted? 2. Helen Samuels illustrates that information and institutions are inherently integrated and interconnected. What kind of problems does this pose for archivists appraising records? How does Samuels suggest archivists overcome these challenges? 3. What kinds of challenges are associated with selecting topics to be documented? How can archivists overcome these challenges? 4. What is goal of macro-appraisal? What does the appraisal model focus on? 5. Research is a key element in macro-appraisal and documentation strategy. What other similarities exist between the two methods, and how do the methods differ? 6. How should archivists apply macro-appraisal? What are the potential challenges using this appraisal model? 7. What is participatory archiving and how does it affect archival appraisal? 8. What are some of the advantages and opportunities with with participatory appraisal? What are some of the risks and challenges? INFO 6800 Archives (Winter 2013) – Week Six Seminar | 2
  3. 3. Shilton, Katie and Ramesh Srinivasan, “Participatory Appraisal and Arrangement forMulticultural Archival Collections,” Archivaria 63 (Spring 2007), p 98.http://journals.sfu.ca/archivar/index.php/archivaria/article/view/13129/14371. INFO 6800 Archives (Winter 2013) – Week Six Seminar | 3

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