Archival Education

Core Curriculum

The Council of Nova Scotia Archives offers six core courses in archival practice, which are offered on two-year rotation. Courses are held online or at member sites around the province. Intro to Archives is generally presented 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 consecutive mornings or afternoons, and in-person courses take place over two days at a member institution. Each course is 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 receive an Archival Certificate of Completion (see below).

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. Intro to the Rules for Archival Description (RAD)

6. Access and Reference

Certificate Program

To obtain an Archival Certificate of Completion, participants are required to attend all six of the courses in the Core Curriculum. Prior to each course, participants will receive a pre-course reading, and at the conclusion of each course, participants will be asked to complete an assignment. After having attended all six Core courses, and passing all six assignments, participants will receive the CNSA’s Archival Certificate of Completion. Enrollment is automatic upon receipt of the first assignment.

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.