The Archival Training Collaborative is an IMLS-funded initiative to establish a sustainable program of affordable archival training opportunities for staff and volunteers in historical repositories, libraries, churches, businesses, etc. Any one who works with or is interested in the management and preservation of historical material can benefit from ATC training. Workshops are conducted in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, but neighbors from nearby states are welcome.
In just over three years, the ATC has recruited 34 professional archivists as trainers, providing high quality, accessible, and affordable workshops on over 30 topics relating to the management and preservation of historical materials, reaching 449 attendees. Workshops bring participants together with an experienced, trained professional. As the participants work through professionally designed workshops, the trainer, or the "Mentor in the Room," answers questions, clarifies concepts, and offers guidance. Workshops provide participants with skills that they can take back to their institution, making them feel more confident in their work and more valued as an employee. The small group atmosphere provides a way for the trainer and participants to meet and become a supportive local network.
The Archival Training Collaborative serves the tri-state area of Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi in providing inexpensive and accessible workshops for the management and preservation of historical materials. The ATC recruits qualified archival professionals to provide workshop participants with effective opportunities for continuing education,mentorship, and collaboration. The ATC advocates for increasing the skills and competencies among our participants in order to ensure adequate and effective management of historical materials, and in effect, the collective memory of our communities.
I’m glad I came because I learned so much. Keep having these because these kinds of workshops are very informative.”
"Perfect size. Everyone had a chance to ask questions and get involved.”
“The workshop is exactly what I expected. Very informative”
“I learned some valuable information that I can use not only at work, but at home as well.”
Arrangement and Description of Archival Materials
Basic Archival Principles
Clerk of Court Records
Digitization of Archival Materials
Disaster Preparedness and Planning
Documenting Communities and Organizations
Organizing Family Papers: Building Blocks to Local History
Practical and Cost-Effective Practices
Preservation and Conservation
Maintaining Proper Storage Environments for Historic Records
Records Management for Public and Private Institutions
Exhibit Design and Interpretation
If you are interested in scheduling a workshop for your institution, or if you would like to become aware of upcoming workshops, please visit your state's page and contact the state liaison listed.