Around the start of the summer, I was asking on Twitter about what folks have their interns read. We had one undergraduate intern and another graduate intern, so folks with some concept of archives thanks to student assistantships or course work but not necessarily much in the way of theory.
I’m always mindful of giving my students enough information without overwhelming them (I don’t always get it right, of course!). We aimed to pair work with readings so that the theory was brought to life, which I always found helpful while I was learning.
Thanks to my colleagues Tanya and Rebecca, who shared with me what they included in their selections. Our two students read the following, listed in the order read, according to the staff members they were working with:
- A Glossary for Archivists, Manuscript Curators, and Records Managers, from SAA
- Understanding Archives and Manuscripts, James M. O’Toole and Richard J. Cox
- Managing Archives,
- Preservation 101, NEDCC
- Providing Reference Services for Archives & Manuscripts, Mary Jo Pugh (select chapters)
- Doing Social Media So It Matters: A Librarian’s Guide, Laura Solomon
- Varsity Letters, Helen Willa Samuels, “Introduction”
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Arranging and Describing Archives & Manuscripts, Kathleen Roe, “The Practice of Arrangement and Description”
If you’re willing, share the readings that you find useful for student education in the comments, or link to blog posts there. That we will tweak these in the future based on student, project, or changes to the archives education landscape seems almost certain. I’d love to explore the options!