Two Courses on Historical Archives during January 2005 

The Division of Library & Information Studies within the Centre for Communications Technology, University of Malta, is offering two short courses during January to be conducted by Dr Theresa Vann, Curator of the Malta Study Center, Hill Manuscript Library, St Johnís University, Collegeville Minnesota, USA.

Course 1: Modern issues affecting historical archives

This evening course, which builds on the course Introduction to Archival Research in Malta held in December 2003, will be conducted on the university campus between 5.30 and 7.30 pm on the following dates: Tuesday 4th January; Thursday 6th; Tuesday 11th; Thursday 13th.
Popular novels contain the premise that archives contain secrets that governments and the church do not want us to know: the truth is out there; and archivists are the agents who conspire to keep these secrets. This stereotype confers great, yet sinister powers upon archivists who unwittingly reinforce the stereotype when they tell new researchers that, for some mundane reason a document is unavailable. Technology has presented new challenges to archivists and archives.   These same tools also help researchers, and this course will explore these issues and the expectations of modern researchers, in particular as they concern Maltese historical archives.

Course 2: Archival Practicum.

This course, to be run in conjunction with the National Archives of Malta, will be of interest to anyone who is: concerned about archival organization, working in archives, records management or registries environment, involved in historical research, or whose work or interest necessitates working with old books and papers.

Classes will be held on the premises of the National Archives in Rabat, on each of the four Saturday mornings of January (8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th between 9am and 12 noon). They will give students the opportunity to assist in accessioning a portion of the National Archives of Malta. The students will learn the current best practices for processing archives and for providing access by working with the original materials.  They will experience the types of decisions archivists make regarding questions of conservation and privacy issues. Finally, the students will discuss the creation and dissemination of microfilm and/or digital surrogates. The class format will be an informal combination of lectures and workshops.
The fee is Lm30 for each course. Closing Date for both courses is Wednesday 15 December 2004. More detailed information and application forms may be obtained by e-mailing