Professional Development



The Texas Historical Records Advisory Board (THRAB) presents FREE professional development opportunities for archivists, librarians, and other staff members in Texas archival repositories in fulfillment of its initiative to support continuing education and training for those working to preserve and provide access to the historical record of Texas. 

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Funding provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Upcoming opportunities:

Course: Introduction to XML Analysis and Manipulation (Society of American Archivists)
Date: June 18, 2021
Location: Online
Instructor: Regine Heberlein

Apply now for free registration to a special offering of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) course, Introduction to XML Analysis and Manipulation, presented online June 18, 2021. 

This course is on the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) certification track and the cost of the exam is included. Participants must have the ability to download free Oxygen editing software prior to the class. Experience with XML is helpful, but not required. Though virtual, this is a hands-on class that will run from 9:00am to 5:00pm with standard breaks. For a full description visit:

Applications accepted through May 7, 2021. Successful applicants will be notified by May 14, 2021. A limited number of spaces are available. Priority will be given to those working in archival repositories with limited support for professional development. Funding for the course is provided by National Historical Publications Records Commission. 

Fill out this form in its entirety to apply for free registration to this course:

Past Workshops / 2020 

Basics of Archives Online Course (AASLH)

The Basics of Archives online course is designed to give organizations and individuals who are responsible for the care of historical records an introduction to the core aspects of managing and protecting historical records collections, using appropriate principles and best practices. This course is a beginning level course designed for professional staff and volunteers of historical organizations and libraries with historical collections who have little to no experience with archival materials.

The course consists of seven lessons:

  • Archives and Archivists
  • Acquiring Your Collections
  • Processing Collections
  • Housing Your Collections
  • Access and Outreach
  • Digital Records
  • Digitization
DATES: Sept. 14 - Oct. 18, 2020
FORMAT: Online, self-paced course with instructor feedback
LENGTH: 5 weeks; 15-20 hours to be completed anytime during the five-week course period (dates above). 
PARTICIPATION STYLE: Online chat. There are no required times to be online.
MATERIALS: There are no required texts for this course. All materials will be provided.
COST: Free for a limited number of qualified applicants.*

*THRAB has reserved 30 spots for qualified applicants. This opportunity is open only to archivists, librarians, staff members and volunteers who reside in Texas and are currently affiliated with public institutions, organizations, commissions and others preserving archival records. Through funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), THRAB will provide free registration for 30 applicants. Preference will be given to those from smaller repositories and organizations who have not had formal archival training. Registration may be limited to one individual per repository. THRAB requests that participants complete a survey following the completion of the course.  

Creating an Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan Webinar Series 2020

Dates: May 20 - June 17, 2020
Time: 10:00AM - 11:30PM
Location: Online at
Cost: Free

Course Summary: 

The Texas Historical Records Advisory Board (THRAB) invites participants to develop an Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan for their archival repositories with a free webinar series launching May 20. Over the course of five weeks, professional consultant Rebecca Elder of Elder Cultural Heritage Preservation will guide participants through the step-by-step process of creating an Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan for their archival repositories. Each 90-minute webinar will focus on components of building a plan, with the final installment an opportunity to assess draft plans and review potential implementation concerns. The topics are as follows:

Week 1: Emergency Planning Basics and the Emergency Team  [ Recording | Handout packet ]
Week 2: Risk Assessment and Choosing a Plan Template [ Recording | Handout packet ]
Week 3: Contact Lists and Salvage Priorities [ Recording | Handout packet ]
Week 4: Procedures, Supplies and Implementation [ Recording | Handout packet ]
Week 5: How Did It Go? [ Recording | Handout packet ]

Registration is for the series. Please note that week two covers risk assessment, which would typically require access to the repository. Those not able to make on-site visits because of COVID -19 may need to address the more specific details of this module at a later date.

Recordings of all THRAB webinars are available on the Archival Resources page in addition to the the links above.

Support for this project provided by the National Historic Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the funding arm of the National Archives.

Past Workshops / 2019

Society of American Archivists (SAA) Workshops 2019

Privacy and Confidentiality Issues in Digital Archives (Registration Closed)
Date: November 22, 2019
Time: 9a.m. -5p.m.
Location: Texas State Library and Archives Commission / 1201 Brazos St. Austin, TX 78701
Cost:  Free
Deadline: October 25, 2019

SAA Course Summary:This course covers privacy and confidentiality legal issues specific to archives of digital material. You'll examine the intersection of (and the tension between) privacy/confidentiality, free speech, and freedom to research/write, and focus on how digital records and the digital realm have altered the scene. You’ll look at privacy and confidentiality issues in the context of third-party rights, donors, special situations such as medical and education records, national security legislation, and the overriding impact of the digital world. Through case studies, you will examine specific situations pertinent to the work of archivists. The focus of the day will be on how to think through and identify options for resolving the most commonly encountered privacy and confidentiality legal issues regarding digital records. More information about the workshop content:

Building Advocacy and Support for Digital Archives (Registration Closed)

Date: December 12, 2019
Time:   9a.m. -5p.m.
Location: Texas State Library and Archives Commission / 1201 Brazos ST. Austin, TX 78701
Cost:  Free
Deadline: October 25, 2019

SAA Course Summary: Are you ready to build a digital archives program? This course will provide the core components necessary to gather support, engage stakeholders, and enact the change necessary to be able to handle digital archives in your institution. Participants will learn techniques for engaging collection donors and technology staff in order to collect and manage born-digital materials effectively. More information about the workshop content:

Emergency Planning Workshop Series 2019

Hurricane Harvey caused historic, catastrophic flooding in Texas and reignited the demand for education and training in disaster preparedness and response. The Texas Historical Records Advisory Board (THRAB) is offering in 2019 a series of professional development opportunities to equip those caring for archival materials with the knowledge, skills and hands-on experience needed to prepare repositories for threats and recover damaged collections. THRAB has contracted with Cultural Heritage Preservation Consultant Rebecca Elder to teach two 90-minute webinars on emergency planning and recovery and two-day hands-on workshops in Austin and Houston. Funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), workshops are provided free of charge and available to those working in Texas repositories. Registration has closed for the webinars.

Workshops: Emergency Preparedness and Response *Note: Registration closed.*

Hands-on workshops are scheduled for June 13-14 in Austin and in Houston June 27-28. Each will be a two-day event. The first day will focus on emergency preparedness, and the second day will focus on response, including a wet salvage exercise. Each workshop will be limited to 20 attendees working for a Texas repository. Registration will open in early May. Please note that THRAB may limit registration to one person per institution to allocate space equitably. (This is one workshop offered in two locations.)

Dates: June 13-14, 2019
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: TSLAC Shoal Creek, State Records Center

Dates: June 27-28, 2019
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Fondren Library, Rice University

Webinars: Emergency Preparedness and Response (2019)

Emergency Preparedness: 

Date: April 23, 2019
Time: 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Online

Emergency Response: 

Date: May 1, 2019
Time: 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Online

Visit the THRAB Archival Resources page for recordings of webinars

Sponsored by Texas Historical Records Advisory Board and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Funding provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.


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