Planning New and Remodeled Archival Facilities

Certificate Eligibility: 
10 ARC, 1.5 CEU
2 days
Max Attendees: 

When faced with the task of renovating a building or planning a new one, archivists often are unfamiliar with the building process and information needed by architects and contractors. This two-day workshop provides the knowledge and skills required to work successfully with architects, engineers, and/or facilities managers to design and build new or remodeled archival facilities, such as reference, storage, and public spaces designed to meet the needs of individual archival programs, staff, and users.


Using lectures, case studies, and exercises, instructors address issues such as technical requirements, building renovation, equipment (e.g., shelving), and moving an archival collection into a new or remodeled facility. A tour of a recently remodeled facility concludes the program on day two.

Learning Outcomes: 
Explain the design and building processes involved in creating new or remodeled facilities
Identify the various roles of those involved in the design process and what the archivist must do to ensure that the final building design meets collection, staff, and user needs
Describe the technical requirements needed for archival facilities and how to communicate those needs to architects and engineers who are unfamiliar with such standards
Who Should Attend: 

Archivists who are planning new or remodeled facilities and who have a basic understanding of archival principles and procedures and of how those principles interact with archival facilities.


This workshop is also useful for managers of larger archival facilities who carry out minor or major renovation projects on an ongoing basis.

“Just the existence of such a workshop was valuable. I feel as though I have at least some concrete idea of when to start my own remodel now.” — Alyson Jones
“Real-life exercises/calculations and scenarios–very timely for upcoming remodels–very comprehensive, information that can be used for future reference.” — Julie Haugen
“The workshop was very useful. I've learned a lot and will be able to use my knowledge at the beginning of the next year when the construction of our building will be started.” — Ludmilla Pollock
“The opportunity to apply principles learned immediately to case studies enhanced the learning experience—especially because it was done in the company and with the input of archives colleagues of varying professional settings (academic, libraries, municipal, etc.). The contribution of ideas and perspectives was remarkable.” — Susan Lugo
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