PCOM Project 2022 – ICA Section on Archival Education (SAE) Workshop Series: Archival Pedagogies

The International Council on Archives’ (ICA) Section on Archival Education (SAE) is offering its members four virtual workshops in a series entitle Archival Pedagogies. These workshops will cover digital curation education, climate change, information cultures, and trauma-informed archival education. 

The sessions will be delivered in English. Interpretation into other languages will not be provided.    


Registration is free but is restricted to SAE members. To join SAE, ICA members can log in to their account at ica.org or contact the ICA Secretariat (ica@ica.org) to add or change their section affiliations.  

This SAE project is supported by the ICA through the Programme Commission.        

Virtual Workshops 

Date  Workshop Title  Registration Deadline 
3 November Digital Curation Education in Low Resource Environments  2 November, 12:00 CET / Closed! 
17 November Trauma-Informed Archival Education 15 November, 23:59 CET / Closed! 
15 December Climate Change and Archival Education 13 December, 23:59 CET / Closed! 
23 January Educating about Information Culture  19 January, 23:59 CET / Closed! 


Digital Curation Education in Low Resource Environments 

Facilitators: Forget Chaterera-Zambuko and Abel M’kulama 

Date and hour: 3 November – 9:00-11:00 EST NYC / 14:00-16:00 CET (check the time in your time zone

This workshop focuses on how educators can prepare archival practitioners and professionals in low resourced environments to ensure the long-term accessibility and useability of records. The focus will be on determining appropriate methods to teach digital curation using 'affordable' strategies without compromising the reliability and authenticity of digital records. Attention will be paid to the different types of digital records, particularly those that rarely make it to the digital record keeping strategies of many organizations. These include websites, emails and social media records. At the core of the discussions will be issues of preservation, security and accessibility. The goal of the workshop is to establish the digital curation status quo in low resourced environments with the intention of proposing appropriate mechanisms to impart digital curation skills. 

Registration closes on Wednesday 2 November, 12:00 CET 

Registration closed


Trauma-Informed Archival Education 

Facilitators: Nicola Laurent and Kirsten Wright 

Date and hour: 17 November – 9:00-11:00 AEDT / 16 November 23:00-01:00 CET (check the time in your time zone

Trauma-informed archival practice is being discussed within the archival profession as a way to support and empower users and staff of archives. Most discussion has focused on how trauma-informed archival practice could be implemented practically within archival organisations, but an area we need to consider is how it can embedded within the education and training of archivists. This workshop will introduce the principles of trauma-informed practice – safety, trust and transparency, choice, collaboration, and empowerment – and examine how trauma-informed practice can be developed into a curriculum within archival education. Discussion will consider the appropriate language to use and best approaches to take when introducing the topic to students, and the role of educators to prepare students for potentially difficult or traumatic encounters in archives. Participants will leave this workshop with ideas of how to include trauma-informed archival practice within archival education curriculum. 

Registration closes on Tuesday 15 November, 23:59 CET 

This workshop won't be rescheduled.

Registration closed


Climate Change and Archival Education 

Facilitators: Adam Kriesberg and Rebecca Frank 

Date and hour: 15 December – 12:00-14:00 EST/ 18:00-20:00 CET (check the time in your time zone

The impact of climate change on all sectors of society, including archives and cultural heritage organizations, continues to increase as the world grapples with how to confront this existential threat. From repositories in high-risk locations, to the impact and sustainability of our work, the archival profession is intimately linked to issues surrounding the changing climate. Furthermore, as stewards of cultural heritage materials, the collections we care for in our institutions contain important research data, government information, and documentation about society and individuals whose ways of life and existence are threatened by the looming changes taking place due to the ever-increasing amounts of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. This workshop speaks to the intersection between archives and digital preservation, and climate change. Participants in this workshop can expect to engage critically with the concept of climate change and its relationship to their current teaching practice(s). Additionally, we will work collaboratively to develop lesson plans, learning modules, and/or assignments that attendees can incorporate into their teaching in archives, digital preservation, cultural heritage, or digital curation courses, and/or that can be used as teaching tools with members of the public outside of formal course structures. 

Registration closes on Tuesday 13 December, 23:59 CET 

Registration closed


Educating about Information Culture 

Facilitators: Gillian Oliver and Fiorella Foscarini 

Date and hour: 23 January – 19:00-21:00 CET / 13:00-15:00 EST NYC (check the time in your time zone

Information culture can be defined as the values accorded to information, and attitudes towards it, specifically within organisational contexts; understanding this conceptualisation of culture is essential to design and achieve recordkeeping objectives that are meaningful to those who should implement them.  Applying the concept of information culture requires ethnographic sensitivity, thus both educators and practitioners who are interested in incorporating this approach in the curriculum (the former) and their daily practice (the latter) should acquire specific analytical tools.  In this workshop we will briefly explain a framework for analysis of information culture and then introduce various techniques we have developed for classroom and organisational settings. 

Registration closes on Thursday 19 January, 23:59 CET 

Registration closed