About PrestoCentre’s Preservation Case Studies for Archives
Preservation Case Studies for Archives is an innovative educational experience that places the student in the role of the decision maker, where one has to balance both resources and constraints. Through a dynamic process of idea exchange, students first learn about the situation, then identify and analyse the problems to determine the causes, and finally develop alternative strategies for a solution.
Preservation Case Studies for Archives provides the context for teaching the real world issues confronting archives staff and managers in a dynamic and exciting way. The students do most of the talking and are stimulated by learning in a supportive environment. Each case study contains important activities that help guide the direction and focus of the discussion by the teacher who leads through questioning and observation. Students learn from their fellow students’ experiences and perspectives in an exciting forum that puts them in the centre of real world situations and requires them to develop real world solutions.
Now available: the entire Case Studies collection
PrestoCentre has published five Case Studies in the past few years. These Case Studies are now republished in a new collected publication, that includes seven brand new cases. This collected work contains 90 exciting pages of learning materials, and a special Guide for Students as well as a Guide for Teachers. This publication is available under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license. More information on this Creative Commons license can be found here.
Jim Lindner and Mick Newnham have worked as lecturers and instructors teaching Archive Management for over two decades internationally. Frustrated with the material available, they have developed the Case Study method by which the knowledge can be applied in real world situations. Preservation Case Studies for Archive Management are specifically written ro supply students with context to apply the technical knowledge.
They are not designed to be a substitute for technical knowledge, rather it is designed as a companion to it and a framework for it. Most importantly they provide a method by which the knowledge can be applied in real world situations. All case studies are intentionally open ended, they can be used in multiple ways for different subjects and issues. The questions provided at the end of each case are intended as a place to start discussion.
The help students and teachers get most out of their case based training session, Preservation Case Studies for Archives contains a Guide for Students as well as a Guide for Teachers.
About the Authors
Jim Lindner and Mick Newnham have worked as lecturers and instructors teaching archive management for over two decades. From half-day seminars to in depth instruction taking weeks, they had the opportunity to teach students from many different levels and countries, and learn from them as well. They quickly found that there was no good training material available that seriously engages students in the learning process. The authors decided to write their own material based on the Case Study method. And with success. Lindner and Newnham clearly know their subject. With Preservation Case Studies they have delivered a well researched, thoroughly tested and clearly presented work. Preservation Case Studies is an essential resource for every trainer, student or archivist. However experienced you are, you will find something useful. The cases can be used in multiple ways for different subjects and purposes. The activities and questions provided at the end of each case stimulate critical thinking and discussion about archive management.