Archiving for Non-Archivists (CE200)

Go to MLA ’20 to register!

Friday, May 15, 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Cost: $345 (nonmember: $615)
Attendance maximum: 15

Learn the essentials of archiving, in an afternoon. You’ll get grounded in basic archival history and theory and learn the essentials of archiving: arranging, describing, and preserving physical and digital works.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Apply theories of arrangement and description to process a small, physical archival collection.
  • Understand how to handle photographs and audiovisual material in an archival environment.
  • Evaluate digital repository platforms for your needs.
  • Make decisions on the accessibility of material based on privacy and ethical guidelines.
  • Identify an outreach approach that works for your library.


Pamela Pierce is the Repository Librarian for Oregon Health & Science University. Her previous experience includes serving as the Digital Library Coordinator and Archivist for the Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University in North Dakota and as an Art Cataloger for the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. For OHSU, she oversees the Digital Asset Management System and cultivates relationships to develop digital collections.

Steve Duckworth
is the University Archivist for Oregon Health & Science University’s Historical Collections & Archives. He holds an MLIS from Drexel University and a Digital Archives Specialist certificate from the Society of American Archivists. His efforts focus on accessibility and usability of archives, processing collections with standard practices in mind, and mentoring new professionals in the field.

MLA CE Credits: 4