Core Curriculum

The Council of Nova Scotia Archives offers six Core Courses in archival practice, which are taught on two-year rotation. Courses are held online or at member sites around the province. Introduction to Archives is typically offered in the Spring followed by two or three other courses in the Fall. Additional workshops and courses on special archival topics may be offered throughout the year. Online courses take place across three or four consecutive half-day session; in-person courses take place over two full days at a member institution. The Core Courses are taught by the Archives Advisor or an archivist guest speaker; Introduction to Preservation is taught by a professional conservator. Core Curriculum courses can be taken as needed or members can take the entire suite and complete our Archival Certificate Program.

Please click on the course title for more information and prerequisites.

1. Introduction to Archives

2. Introduction to Preservation for Archives

3. Acquisition, Appraisal, and Accessioning

4. Arrangement and Description

5. Introduction to the Rules for Archival Description (RAD)

6. Access, Reference, and Outreach

Hosting a CNSA Course

In-person workshops are usually held at member institutions. The hosting institution receives a free registration, provided they supply the coffee breaks (normally one each morning and afternoon of the 2 day workshop) for all participants. Host institutions also provide the room, tables, chairs, and if necessary, a large viewing screen. CNSA provides all handouts, training materials, and presentation equipment.

If you would like to volunteer your site to host a workshop or if you would like to suggest a special workshop topic, please contact our Archives Advisor.