ARST 550 (3) Management of Audio-Visual and Non-Textual Archives

MAS and Dual students: completion of MAS core courses.

MLIS students: completion of MLIS core courses, plus permission of the iSchool Graduate Advisor.

GOAL: This course will provide students with the theoretical and methodological knowledge necessary for working with and caring for audiovisual and other non-textual archives with confidence. The class will also provide an opportunity to look critically at core archival functions and the theory that underpins them, and the ways that non-textual records may challenge theory and accepted practice.


  • Identify a variety of audiovisual and non-textual record formats, and describe their characteristics and preservation needs [1.2, 1.3]
  • Analyze contexts of creation and use of audiovisual and non-textual archives [1.2, 1.3]
  • Appraise tailored approaches to the care of different types of audiovisual and non-textual archives [1.2, 1.3, 3.1]
  • Demonstrate understanding of preservation practices (including strategic thinking about digitization, metadata and preservation formats) for audiovisual and non-textual archives [1.2, 1.3, 1.5]
  • Critically examine the application of core archival functions to different types of audiovisual and non-textual archives [1.1, 1.2, 1.,3, 1.5, 4.1]
  • Apply archival descriptive standards to different types of audiovisual and non-textual archives with a critical lens [1.2, 1.3, 1.5., 4.1]
  • Identify relevant resources and best practices and scale their application to audiovisual and non-textual archives in a variety of recordkeeping environments [1.2, 1.3, 3.1, 3.2]

* Student learning outcomes reference the MAS Program Learning Outcomes


The creation, care, arrangement, description, and preservation of:

  • Photographic archives
  • Cartographic archives
  • Architectural archives
  • Moving image archives
  • Audio archives
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