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Short Papers: Education (II)

July 16 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm UTC+0


Chair: Kathy Carbone

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Curricular and Experiential Impacts of the Public Broadcasting Preservation Fellowship


  • Sarah Buchanan, University of Missouri
  • Rebecca Benson, University of Missouri
  • Eric Saxon, University of Missouri
  • Antanella Tirone, University of Missouri

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Audiovisual archiving is a national priority with a narrowing technical window of opportunity, especially for audiotape material. GBH, the Boston-based public broadcaster, partnered five graduate archival education programs with a local public media station in order to both expand area representation in the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) via original public media programs, and to build audiovisual preservation capacity in the archives and records profession nationwide. Graduate students enrolled in the archival programs could complete a semester-long Fellowship in 2018. Faculty Advisors comprised a cohort of archival educators who each met regularly with the Fellows on their campus, with a Host Mentor at the station, and with a Local Mentor with AV expertise to establish equipment and space for inventorying, cataloging, digitizing, and ingesting local media as a Special Collection in the AAPB – a collaboration between GBH and the Library of Congress. In addition to project documentation and demonstrations, Fellows contributed to the development of lesson plans and curricula on audiovisual preservation in their MLIS degree program. On our campus the Fellowship coincided with the launch of new Archival Studies courses designed to meet students’ expanding career targets and programmatic guidelines of national organizations (SAA GPAS and ALA Standards, and internationally the iSchools’ preservation of information goal). Audiovisual preservation and digitization therefore occupied from the outset a place of prominence in the Archival Studies curriculum that will form the core of discussion in this presentation, and the Fellows’ input ensured that AV archives remain formative to subsequent students’ experience. The presentation will detail campus-specific contributions to the IMLS-funded partnership, including hands-on skills development, training webinars, peer instruction workshops, mentorship, evaluation, future planning, collection growth, and promotion of the primary sources made newly available for research.

Will this session be recorded for the AERI2021 Youtube channel? Yes


The Changing Nature of Archival Instruction: Preparing Archivists and Faculty to Promote Student Learning Through Sustained Collaborations


  • Pelle Tracey, School of Information, University of Michigan
  • Patricia Garcia, School of Information, University of Michigan


The pedagogical benefits of teaching and learning with primary sources are changing the nature of archival instruction and expanding the role of archivists in undergraduate education. However, archivists report feeling unprepared for the changing nature of archival instruction and the growing expectation that they will support student learning. Thus, as the role of archivists in undergraduate education continues to expand, there is an increasing need to provide professional development opportunities that better prepare archivists to promote student learning and primary source instruction. In this paper, we address the following research question: How does a sustained professional development experience influence how archivists see their role in teaching and learning with archives? In order to address this question, we focus on the experiences of archivists who participated in the “[anonymized] Fellows Seminars,” a five-year research project to develop effective pedagogical practices for undergraduates through sustained engagement between faculty and archivists. We recruited eight archivists to participate via two cohorts. We collected data using a semi-structured interview technique designed to gather qualitative data on broad areas of interest related to the archivists’ motivations for participating in the seminar, views of faculty domain and archival expertise, professional experiences interacting with faculty, knowledge of teaching and learning with primary sources, views on collaborative opportunities between archivists and faculty, and general experience participating in the seminar. Our findings demonstrate that sustained professional development experiences between faculty and archivists affirmed the archivists’ professional expertise, increased their pedagogical awareness, and helped them gain a broader perspective on the impact of their archival work. Our findings also revealed the need to better account for power relations in faculty-archivist relationships when designing collaborative professional development opportunities.

Will this session be recorded for the AERI2021 Youtube channel? Yes


July 16
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm UTC+0
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