Business Archives … Establishing and Managing an Archives

Certificate Eligibility: 
15 ARC, 2.25 CEU
3 days
Max Attendees: 
Tactical and Strategic

This workshop presents an overview of establishing and managing an archives in a business environment: what it takes to garner support from management to establish an archival program and how to start, manage, or oversee a business archives. Over the course of three days, attendees have the opportunity to tour three business archives (locations vary) and address interrelationships among archives, corporate libraries, records management offices, and information centers.

Learning Outcomes: 
Describe basic principles of archival theory and their practical implementation within a corporation
Successfully market the archives and create a strong support structure for your programs
Explore the legal issues that face the business archivist daily
Develop a sound collecting strategy and a practical business plan
Know how to develop a preservation strategy for the records in a collection
Obtain an overview of the critical issues such as handling electronic records, changing technology, and multiple file formats
Interface with working business archivists to see how they approach collections management
Who Should Attend: 

Archivists and others who are charged with starting, managing, or overseeing a business archives

"This course was an excellent overview of how to start a business archives! I would recommend this course to anyone starting out in the field in building up a corporate archives or to more experienced corporate archivists interested in getting a new perspective. This was also an excellent opportunity to learn from my colleagues about how they deal with similar issues. I can't wait to apply everything I learned!" — Rebecca Contin
"I really liked the tours - very useful in comparing our own situation. I also appreciate making connections with professional archivists." — Russ Stephens
"I really liked the appraisal discussion and group work." — Alicia Shaver
"The materials supported the concepts and methods developed to date. The course begins to lay out possible strategies for filling the voids in current planning." — Gary Wolfe
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