(Posted on behalf of our colleagues; Please note deadline for application is 15 March 2007).

The 21st annual Western Archives Institute will be held at San Diego State University in San Diego, California, June 17-29, 2007. This intensive, two-week program provides integrated instruction in basic archival practices to individuals with a variety of goals, including those whose jobs require a fundamental understanding of archival skills, but 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.

Dr. Elizabeth Yakel has agreed to serve as the Principal Faculty Member for the 2007 Institute. Professor Yakel is an associate professor in the School of Information at the University of Michigan. She is a member of the Archives and Records Management specialization within the Master of Science in Information program. Before joining the SI faculty, she was an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Information Sciences. Prior to that, she worked in a variety of archival and records management settings for over 15 years.

Her research interests include use and user services for archival materials, particularly focusing on the digital realm. Currently, she is working on several research projects including "Developing Standardized Metrics: Towards Understanding the Impact of College and University Archives and Special Collections on Scholarship, Teaching, and Learning," funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the "Next Generation Finding Aids Project."

Professor Yakel has published in major archival journals including American Archivist, Archivaria, and Archival Science and is currently an editor of Archival Science. In 1999, she was elected a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists.

The Western Archives Institute will feature 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.

Tuition for the Institute is $650 and includes a selection of archival publications. Housing and meal plans are available at additional cost. Admission is by application only and enrollment is limited. The application deadline for the 21st Western Archives Institute is March 15, 2007. For additional information and an application form, contact:

Administrator, Western Archives Institute
1020 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Telephone: 916/653-7715

Fax: 916/653-7134

E-mail: ArchivesWeb@ss.ca.gov

The application package is now available on the California State Archives web site and on the Society of California Archivists web site at under Western Archives Institute.

The Western Archives Institute is co-sponsored by the Society of California Archivists, the California State Archives and San Diego State University Library and Information Access.


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