The 28th annual Western Archives Institute will be held at the University of California, Riverside from July 6 – 18, 2014. The Western Archives Institute is an intensive, two-week program that provides integrated instruction in basic archival practices to individuals with a variety of backgrounds, including those whose jobs require a fundamental understanding of archival skills, but who have little or no previous archives education; those who have expanding responsibility for archival materials; those who are practicing archivists but have not received formal instruction; and those who demonstrate a commitment to an archival career.
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 graciously agreed to serve as Principal Faculty Member for the 2014 Institute. She 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. 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. 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.
Tuition for the Institute is $700 and includes a selection of archival publications. Other non-negotiable fees including program transportation, facility fees, opening dinner, and luncheon at the closing program will be available in early February. Housing and meal plans are available at additional cost.
The application deadline for the 2014 Western Archives Institute is March 1, 2014. For additional program information, see http://www.calarchivists.org/WAI