Many archivists want to retool for e-records work. Unfortunately, most of the current training options don’t offer a sustained opportunity to reflect, absorb, and apply new knowledge. Webinars and three day workshops have their place, but, frankly, it takes me much, much longer than that to absorb anything of value from so complex a literature. That, in the end, is why I decided to focus my main teaching and service efforts through a medium other than short workshops.
Starting in mid-September, I will be teaching the on-line/distance ed course “Electronic Records Management,” through the Centre for Archive and Information Studies at the University of Dundee. Over the next weeks, I’ll be reviewing the excellent curriculum, developed by the prior instructor, Mark Conrad, and supplementing it with findings from my own work.
If you are interested in engaging with E-records issues in a sustained fashion, it is not too late to register for the course, which begins Sept 20th and last through mid-December. Simply go to the Continuing Professional Development Page on the CAIS website, download an application form, and send it in!
I know I am self interested in saying this, but the CAIS programs really do offer excellent value for money. Again, speaking to my own interest, I would benefit by having full enrollment in the course (it is capped at 15), since I learn a great deal from the experiences students bring to bear when I teach. Finally, I would mention that CAIS includes a strong international focus, and has been commended, both under the University of Dundee’s internal quality assurance process and the Society of Archivists accreditation process . So, even though it may seem a bit out of the mainstream of US archival ed programs–you might want to consider it. The cost is similar or even less on a per course basis. More to the a point, the programs, in my opinion, are second to none.