At my archival practicum this week, I spent most of my shift doing research.
The main resource I used is called AABC Archivist’s Toolkit, which has been incredibly helpful as I try to locate information on the foundations of archival practice. It led me to a couple of sources that I investigated in more detail:
- An “Archives Tutorial” from the Alberta Society of Archivists, which provided a very easy-to-understand overview of the main functions, principles, and practices of archival institutions.
- A few links at the Library of Congress, clustered under the heading “Best Practices & Standards”.
- I briefly made a foray into controlled vocabularies at the Library of Congress site, but found nothing really relevant to my current research.
- The Manual for Small Archives, what I expect will be an excellent resource for learning the basics about archiving practices for a small corporate archive.
So far, I have been really enjoying studying and researching common standards and principles in archival practices.