Archive Administration

Degree: Master
University: The University of Wales, Aberystwyth , Faculty: Department of Information Studies
City: Aberystwyth , Country: United Kingdom
Discipline: Applied Sciences, Proffesions&Arts
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  • Start Date of Studies April, September
  • Language English
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    Programme Description

    The University of Wales at Aberystwyth (UWA) is home to one of the small number of training centres for archive administration and records management in the UK. It is based in the Department of Information Studies, but also supported by the Department of History and Welsh History. The range of expertise available provides natural strength both for taught courses of professional training and for higher degrees by research. Further strength arises from close links with professional colleagues at the National Library of Wales (NLW) and the Ceredigion Record Office, who contribute to the taught courses, support the practical work of the students and assist with research projects.

    Professional training in archive administration has been provided here since 1956, first as a Diploma course and since 1995 as a modular Master's course. The Diploma/MSc Econ in Archive Administration has evolved steadily to include new disciplines and subject areas according to professional needs, such as records management, specific applications of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and, most recently, issues associated with the change from paper-based to electronic communication and record-keeping, and the legislative requirements of Freedom of Information and Data Protection.

    At the same time, the necessary techniques and standards (both UK and international) relating to the more 'traditional' areas of archive administration retain their central importance; these range from cataloguing methods, preservation management, and service-delivery to skill in reading and interpreting manuscript material. Students are thus provided with broad-based training which will permit entry into either general or more specialised professional posts as archivists and/or records managers. The course combines high academic standards with a scientific approach to the management of archives and records, with emphasis on putting theory into practice.


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