The Western Archives Institute (WAI) is an intensive, two–week program that provides integrated instruction in basic archival practices to individuals with a variety of goals, including:
The Institute also features site visits to historical records repositories and a diverse curriculum that includes history and development of the profession, theory and terminology, records management, appraisal, arrangement, description, manuscripts acquisition, archives and the law, photographs, preservation administration, reference and access, outreach programs, and managing archival programs and institutions.
Ciaran B. Trace has agreed to serve as the Principal Faculty Member for the 2014 program. Ciaran trained and worked as an archivist in Ireland before moving to the United States in 1997 to pursue a doctoral degree in Library and Information Science at the University of California at Los Angeles. While at UCLA, she worked as the Associate Director of the Institute on Primary Resources, a program aimed at fostering the use of archival materials in the k-12 classroom. Her initial faculty appointment was at the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she was the coordinator of the Specialization in Archives and Records Administration. Ciaran currently works as an assistant professor at the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin where she teaches courses on archives and records management. In her research and writing Ciaran studies the nature, meaning, and function of everyday writing, recording, and recordkeeping (with a particular focus on organizational document creation and use, and the role of written literacies in the lives of children and young adults). Another research strand looks at how and why individuals and institutions collect material culture, the intersection of material culture and information behavior, and issues of digital materiality (including the study of the artifactual nature of computers, computer systems, and digital objects). Ciaran also studies the nature of archival education and of archival work practices (including how technology can help support the work of curating and providing access to archival collections).
Core sessions of the Institute are taught by a leading archival educators. Prior Principal Faculty include Tim Ericson, Elizabeth Yakel, Elizabeth Dow, Rand Jimerson, David B. Gracy II, and Gregory S. Hunter. Additional sessions are taught by adjunct educators selected because of their knowledge based on a particular subject and professional recognition.
* Non–negotiable fee and housing/meal costs available February 2014.
For additional information, contact:
Western Archives Institute
1020 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Telephone: (916) 653–7715
Fax: (916) 653–7134