Lone Arranger/Solo Archivist Basics
4-Week Course Starts May 03, 2021
Being a lone arranger (aka a solo archivist) is a job like no other. This course will help you understand how to operate an archive on your own as well as overcome the unique situations faced by solo archivists including creating policies, processing collections, disaster management, and budgeting.
By the end of this course participants should be able to:
- Design policies that work for your archive
- Recall the best methods for processing an archive with a small staff
- Identify priorities when dealing with a small budget
- Understand how to advocate for your archive
Samantha Lawrence is the archivist at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm. As the solo archivist, she manages the Museum’s archives, coordinates preservation projects, conducts research, and develops outreach opportunities. Samantha has also worked with several other organizations in Southeast Michigan to digitize archival material, create exhibits and make local history material accessible online. She received a Master of Library and Information Science with a Graduate Certificate in Archival Administration from Wayne State University in 2016.
Frequently Asked Questions
It is an asynchronous online course designed to be completed in 4 weeks.
Participants will spend approximately 2 hours each week on viewing lectures, answering quizzes, and completing discussion, reading, and written assignments.
It is recommended that you complete each week's work within that week to stay in sync with other learners.
1. View all lectures
2. Answer all quizzes
3. Complete all assignments
When you complete these three items you can expect to receive you certificate within 2 weeks.
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2. Email us at [email protected] for an invoice. This will be emailed to you and you can pay through the link provided in the invoice.