Archival records management

A.Y. 2021/2022
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
M-STO/08
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course aims to develop the cognitive and methodological tools necessary to address the issue of the training and preservation of new digital archives, including aspects regarding current legislation and industry standards; It also aims to address the issues of the enhancement of historical archives through the use of descriptive IT resources.
Expected learning outcomes
By the end of the course, students will be expected to have the necessary knowledge for a primary approach to digital archival training and management issues, and to have a knowledge and awareness of the critical issues of long-term retention of digital documents and possible operational solutions. Students are also expected to be able to access historical documents through the use of digital descriptive resources (especially through archival information systems)
In the exam, students will have to demonstrate that they know how to communicate their learned content clearly and correctly and that they have mastery of the specialist lexicon of the subject.
The lessons will be supported by one or more guided tours of actual archives and depots and through the experienced talks from professions active in the management of hybrid and digital archive storage systems or experts in the use of archival description software.
Students opting not to attend the course will be able to make use of the educational tools that the instructor may make available on Ariel, and deepen their knowledge on the main topics through reading suggested by the instructor.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
More specific information on the delivery modes of training activities for academic year 2021/22 will be provided over the coming months, based on the evolution of the public health situation
Course syllabus
Title of the course: From computerized archives to digital archives
Module 1: topic The computerization of the archives. Archival information systems. The standards for archival description. Analysis of the main software for the management of computerized archives.
Module 2: topic Network resources for archival research. The platforms, portals, sites for the use of digital archives.
Module 3: topic Digital document. Training and management of a digital documentary system. Conservation of digital archives.
Prerequisites for admission
There are no specific requirements different from those requested for the admission to the MA degree in Historical Science.
Teaching methods
Attendance to classes is strongly recommended although not compulsory. The teaching is delivered through frontal lectures aimed primarily at the acquisition of knowledge, competence and specific language of the subject. Discussion with the teacher in the classroom is integrant part of the didactic method and aims at promoting a critical attitude and the capacity to apply the acquired competence and knowledge.
The teaching is also based on didactic and multimedia material provided on Ariel.
Teaching Resources
Attending students:
Programme for 6 cfu:
Knowledge of the topics taught in lectures (modules 1 and 2)
Textbook: Archivi e informatica, a cura di Maria Guercio, Stefano Pigliapoco e Federico Valacchi, con introduzione di Antonio Romiti, Torre del lago, Civita editoriale, 2010.
Knowledge of one of the following volumes:
Pigliapoco S., Guida alla gestione informatica dei documenti, Torre del lago, Civita editoriale, 2020.
Valacchi F., Diventare archivisti: competenze tecniche di un mestiere sul confine, Milano, Bibliografica, 2015.

Programme for 9 cfu:
Knowledge of the topics taught in lectures (modules 1,2,3)
Textbook: Archivi e informatica, a cura di Maria Guercio, Stefano Pigliapoco e Federico Valacchi, con introduzione di Antonio Romiti, Torre del lago, Civita editoriale, 2010.
Knowledge of the following volumes:
Pigliapoco S., Guida alla gestione informatica dei documenti, Torre del lago, Civita editoriale, 2020.
Valacchi F., Diventare archivisti: competenze tecniche di un mestiere sul confine, Milano, Bibliografica, 2015.

Non-attending students:
-Programme for 6 cfu:
Textbook: Archivi e informatica, a cura di Maria Guercio, Stefano Pigliapoco e Federico Valacchi, con introduzione di Antonio Romiti, Torre del lago, Civita editoriale, 2010.
Knowledge of the following volumes:
Pigliapoco S., Guida alla gestione informatica dei documenti, Torre del lago, Civita editoriale, 2020.
Valacchi F., Diventare archivisti: competenze tecniche di un mestiere sul confine, Milano, Bibliografica, 2015.

Programme for 9 cfu:
Textbook: Archivi e informatica, a cura di Maria Guercio, Stefano Pigliapoco e Federico Valacchi, con introduzione di Antonio Romiti, Torre del lago, Civita editoriale, 2010.
Knowledge of the following volumes:
Pigliapoco S., Guida alla gestione informatica dei documenti, Torre del lago, Civita editoriale, 2020.
Valacchi F., Diventare archivisti: competenze tecniche di un mestiere sul confine, Milano, Bibliografica, 2015.
Knowledge of the following essays:
Angrisano E., L'archivio di Sibilla Aleramo tra poesia, pazzia e dispersione documentaria. In: Il privilegio della parola scritta. Gestione, conservazione e valorizzazione di carte e libri di persona. Campus di Fisciano, 10-12 aprile 2019, Roma, Associazione Italiana Biblioteche, 2020, pp. 29-42.
Angrisano E., L'ex ospedale psichiatrico San Niccolò di Siena: una realtà polimorfa fra architettura, archivio e biblioteca, Bibliothecae.it, Alma Mater Studiorum, vol. 8, 2019, 2, pp. 312-344.
Bilotto A., L'archeologia del documento d'impresa. L'«archivio del prodotto», in «Rassegna degli Archivi di Stato», LXII (2002), pp. 293-306.
Martorano A., L'archivio di Anna Banti: assenze e presenze documentarie. In: Il privilegio della parola scritta. Gestione, conservazione e valorizzazione di carte e libri di persona. Campus di Fisciano, 10-12 aprile 2019, Roma, Associazione italiana biblioteche, pp. 161-176.
Martorano A., Gli archivi d'impresa dalla carta al digitale, in Archivi A. XII, n. 1, (gennaio-giugno 2017), pp. 47-78.
Romiti A., Il Metodo Storico e la teoria del vincolo unico "polimorfo". In: L'adozione del metodo storico in archivistica: origine, sviluppo, prospettive: seminario, Salerno, 25 maggio 2007, a cura di Raffaella Maria Zaccaria, Salerno, Laveglia & Carlone, 2009, pp. 25-47.
Vitali S., La descrizione archivistica al tempo degli standard e dei sistemi informatici, in Archivistica. Teorie, metodi, pratiche, a cura di Maria Guercio e Linda Giuva, Roma, Carocci, 2014, pp. 179-210.
Valacchi F., Pezzi di cose nel mondo. Il processo di integrazione delle descrizioni archivistiche nei sistemi interculturali. In JLIS.IT; 7.2; Firenze, University of Florence—Dipartimento di Storia, Archeologia, Geografia, Arte e Spettacolo (SAGAS); pp. 333-369.

Students who intend to take the exam as non-attending students are asked to contact the teacher in advance.

International and Erasmus students are invited to promptly get in touch with the professor in order to arrange a reading plan for exam preparation.
Assessment methods and Criteria
- Method: oral exam.
- Type of examination: oral interrogation.
- Evaluation criteria: capacity to demonstrate and elaborate knowledge; capacity for critical reflection on the completed work; quality of exposition, competence in the use of specialised lexicon, communicative effectiveness and clarity.
- Type of evaluation method: mark in 30s
The format of the exam for students with disabilities should be arranged in advance with the professor, as well as the relevant office.
Unita' didattica A
M-STO/08 - ARCHIVAL SCIENCE, BIBLIOGRAPHY AND LIBRARIANSHIP - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
M-STO/08 - ARCHIVAL SCIENCE, BIBLIOGRAPHY AND LIBRARIANSHIP - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
M-STO/08 - ARCHIVAL SCIENCE, BIBLIOGRAPHY AND LIBRARIANSHIP - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours