Instructor: Hillel Arnold
NYU course number: HIST-GA 2031

This course explores the purposes of archival description and the place of description in the continuum of archival practice, especially its relationship to arrangement, discovery, and reference. The course exposes students to the application of archival description and introduces the tools used to create description: content and encoding standards, controlled vocabularies, and content management systems. The course also emphasizes the importance of understanding users and applying this knowledge to influence descriptive practice, local practice and implementation, and online discovery environments.

Advanced Archival Description is offered every fall and is a required course for students pursuing the Archives concentration; Introduction to Archives is a prerequisite for this course.

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