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Archives for Non-Archivists


PLEASE NOTE: The application period is now closed, and the information below is provided for reference only. For current opportunities available through this program, please visit the main Leadership Through New Communities of Knowledge page.

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), in partnership with the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), invites applications for a workshop on “Archives for Non-Archivists” as part of the three-year program, Leadership through New Communities of Knowledge. This opportunity has been made possible through the generous financial support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The workshop will take place June 14-15, 2011, at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Holly Mengel and Courtney Smerz, Project Manager and Project Archivist (respectively) for the PACSCL Hidden Collections Processing Project will lead the workshop. Modified from PACSCL’s “boot camp” training for archival processors, this workshop will be especially valuable for small to mid-sized institutions with unprocessed or potentially under-processed collections of potential scholarly value. By the conclusion of the workshop, participants will understand how to:

  • Survey collections and assign research value;
  • Create a processing plan to facilitate processing by less experienced and/or knowledgeable volunteers or interns;
  • Prioritize collections for processing;
  • Minimally process a collection; and
  • Create a finding aid in the Archivists’ Toolkit.

CLIR and CIC invite applications to participate from library staff working with special collections and/or archives from small to mid-sized private colleges and universities. This workshop is designed for the benefit of early to mid-career staff members who have not been formally trained as archivists or experts in special collections; it will not be appropriate for staff working in dedicated archives positions or individuals working in volunteer capacities.

In addition to underwriting the tuition costs for the workshop for successful applicants, CLIR will provide up to three nights’ lodging at the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia Downtown for each successful applicant, and a $300 travel stipend to be reimbursed in accordance with CLIR’s travel policy. Some meals will also be provided during the course of the workshop.

Applicants from all small to mid-sized private colleges and universities are eligible, with preference given to those employed by CIC member institutions. Preference may also be given to applicants interested in sharing the expertise they will gain through the workshop with colleagues at other institutions in their regions. Potential participants from HBCUs, Hispanic-serving institutions, and institutions with a high proportion of first-generation college students are encouraged to apply. Potential participants must demonstrate institutional approval of their applications by obtaining a signature from their Library Director or other appropriate campus official.

Click here to download the PDF application; click here to download the approval form for your Library Director or other appropriate campus official. Save the completed forms as PDFs and include the applicant’s name in the document titles.

Submit completed applications and signed institutional approval forms to by 5:00 PM EDT, April 18, 2011. Applicants will be notified of their status by May 13, 2011. Questions about the application or other aspects of the Leadership through New Communities of Knowledge program may be directed to CLIR Program Associate Lori Miller at

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