Adopted by the Council of the Society of American Archivists, November 3, 2006. The ACE Guidelines are reviewed every five years. For their last review in 2010, the Committee on Education made no changes beyond adding appendixes, the guidelines were not put forward to the Council.
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Archival continuing education (ACE) assists individuals in meeting personal and professional goals by providing knowledge that is relevant to the archival profession beyond the formal structure of education institutions. In addition, ACE must connect with individual archivists in all phases of their careers by providing basic to advanced programs in all areas of archival knowledge.
The purpose of these guidelines is to encourage the creation of opportunities for lifelong learning within the archival community.
These guidelines were developed for individuals and organizations that provide or sponsor archival continuing education. They may also be useful to others, such as individual archivists, employers, archival educators, accrediting agencies, and any others who fund, oversee, support, work with, or use archives or who participate in archival continuing education.
Archival continuing education programs should address the standard areas of archival knowledge, adapted from the Society of American Archivists Guidelines for a Graduate Program in Archival Studies (GPAS) and the Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA) domains:
Also appropriate are programs addressing specialized topics such as formats, media, or repository type. All programs should address the latest developments and technologies, as appropriate, and incorporate best practices in the knowledge areas.
Instructors should be experts in the topic taught and should have the capacity to teach effectively and appropriately for the intended venue, format, and audience. Program developers should consider diversity and accessibility in their choice of topics, venues, and delivery formats.
Different options for program formats and venues are available. The goal should be to match them to the needs of participants and topics being taught. Programs may include, but are not limited to, workshops, seminars, institutes, in-house training programs, professional association meetings, etc., and distance learning including web seminars.
Curricular material must be appropriate to the subject, duration, delivery mechanism, and audience that it is intended to address. Program developers will create curricula based on identified needs and will incorporate learning outcomes. This information can be gathered from such feedback mechanisms as evaluations and surveys.
Program developers and instructors should evaluate both specific continuing education programs and the total range of programs offered over time, using recognized assessment methods and formal evaluation instruments.
A field as complex and rapidly changing as the archival profession requires effective continuing education and training. In 1997, SAA adopted “Guidelines for the Development of Post-Appointment and Continuing Education and Training Programs” (PACE) which had as its basis the Guidelines for a Graduate Program in Archival Studies (GPAS) guidelines. The ACE Guidelines resulted from a scheduled review and revision of PACE in 2005 – 2006. The ACE Guidelines incorporate information from SAA’s 2002 GPAS guidelines and the Academy of Certified Archivists’ 2003 Role Delineation Statement Revision.
Appended to these guidelines are materials intended to serve as a general “toolkit” to aid continuing education providers and users in developing and preparing to attend continuing education offerings:
Appendix 1: Continuing Education “Wants” and Needs Based on A*CENSUS and ACRL Surveys
Appendix 2: Recommended Instructor Qualifications
Appendix 3: List of Effective Delivery Formats
Appendix 4: Guidelines for Evaluating Continuing Education Programs
Appendix 5: Curriculum Development (Objectives, Work Application, Measurable Outcomes)