Core Curriculum

workshop_0The Council of Nova Scotia Archives offers six core courses in archival training, which are given in a two-year rotation at member sites around the province.  Intro to Archives is generally presented in the spring and two or three other workshops are chosen and presented each fall. The workshops can be taken as needed or members can attend the entire suite of workshops and receive an Archival Certificate of Completion.  Each 2-day workshop is presented by the Archives Advisor or an archivist guest speaker, and the Introduction to Preservation workshop is given by a professional conservator.

Additional workshops on special archival topics may be offered throughout the year.

Please click on the workshop 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 workshops in the Core Curriculum. Prior to each workshop, participants will receive a pre-workshop reading, and at the conclusion of each workshop, participants will be asked to complete an assignment. After having attended all six Core workshops, 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 workshop

To keep costs down, 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 hand-outs, 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 the CNSA Office or the Education Committee Chair.