ERIC Number: ED245682
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
A Model Curriculum for the Training of Specialists in Document Preservation and Restoration: A RAMP Study with Guidelines.
Kathpalia, Y. P.
This study, prepared for UNESCO under its Records and Archives Management Programme (RAMP) in cooperation with the International Council on Archives (ICA), proposes a model curriculum in preservation and restoration of documents for archival agencies in developing countries. It is also intended to promote harmonization of such training with the needs of libraries, documentation, and other information centers. The primary aim of the study is to suggest a training program based upon a curriculum that will provide a scientific approach to both preservation and restoration work with the initial focus on preventive preservation. The curriculum includes activities intended to emphasize self-reliance and the ability to manage, to innovate, and to draw upon the best of other people's experience. The proposed curriculum is two-fold: (1) for specialists, i.e., college graduates who work as supervisors to organize facilities and guide staff where necessary; and (2) for technicians, i.e., non-graduate staff who actually carry out the preservation and restoration work. While different in content emphasis, the curriculum outlined for each group entails 300 hours of training spread over a 12-week period. Appendix A details eight experiments designed to encourage students to work independently which could serve as models for use by training schools. (DMC)
Descriptors: Archives, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Guides, Developing Nations, Documentation, Experiments, Guidelines, Information Centers, Information Scientists, Libraries, Paraprofessional Personnel, Preservation, Professional Continuing Education, Standards, Technical Assistance, Training Methods
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Paris (France). General Information Programme.