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Archival education: our vision for the 21st century The perspective of a Maltese archive graduate

Comma (2010), 2010, (1), 53–60.

Abstract

Following a number of developments including the enactment of the 2005 Archives Act, the University of Malta started providing education and training in archives and records management. A diploma in archives and records management and a degree in Library, Archives and Information Studies have been developed on the basis of courses currently available in the U.K. In December 2008, fifteen students, most of them with no previous archival work experience, successfully graduated from the courses. My experience was rather different as I had worked in the sector for more then a decade before I graduated from the University of Malta. Thus it was a challenge to evaluate archival theories in view of my previous work experience at a time when no formal archival training was available on the island. The organisation of the first course was not an easy task. Most of the modules were delivered by only one lecturer due to the lack of expertise in the subject. All this was complemented by the efforts of the National Archives of Malta acting as a role model by providing short courses to the record keepers at governmental institutions. These were followed by the annual education day for higher students aiming for archival career.

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D'Anastas, Noel