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).


Free Course on Finding Aids:
Introduction to TARO: Encoding and Submitting Finding Aids

The Texas Historical Records Advisory Board (THRAB) presents free training opportunities on encoding finding aids to enhance the collection access efforts of historical and genealogical societies, archives, museums, libraries, colleges, local governments, and other institutions who hold Texas’ archival collections. Through these workshops, archivists will learn the hands-on basic skills needed to participate in the Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO) finding aid platform, Trainers will offer day-long workshops in Lubbock, Edinburg, and El Paso. Registration is free but limited to 15 participants at each site.

Dates and locations:

  • March 20, 2023 | Texas Tech University, Lubbock |10am-4pm
  • April 17, 2023 | UT-Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg | 10am-4pm
  • May 25, 2023 | UT-El Paso | 10am-4pm

For more information and to register visit: REGISTRATION FORM


Past Professional Development Opportunities / 2022:

Workshops: Emergency Response and Salvage (THRAB)
Dates / Locations:
April 08, 2022       Fort Worth Public Library 
April 12, 2022       Rosenberg Library (Galveston)
April 13, 2022       Mary and John Gray Library / Lamar University (Beaumont)
April 15, 2022       Archives and Research Center / Texas State University Library (San Marcos)
April 21, 2022       Victoria Regional History Center – UHV Library / University of Houston – Victoria

Course: Basics of Archives (AASLH)
Date: January 10 - February 13, 2022
Location: online


Course: Metadata Overview for Archivists
Date: on-demand
Location: online
Instructor: Shawn Averkamp

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


Course: Basics of Archives (AASLH)
Date: Sept. 14 - Oct. 18, 2020
Location: Online

Course: Creating an Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan Webinar Series 2020
Date: May 20 - June 17, 2020
Location: Online 

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 ]

Recordings of all THRAB emergency preparedness webinars are available on the Archival Resources page.


Course: Privacy and Confidentiality Issues in Digital Archives (SAA)
Date: November 22, 2019
Location: Texas State Library and Archives Commission (Austin)

Course: Building Advocacy and Support for Digital Archives (SAA)
Date: December 12, 2019
Location: Texas State Library and Archives Commission (Austin)

Course: Emergency Planning Workshop Series 2019
Date: June 13-14, 2019 
Location: TSLAC Shoal Creek, State Records Center (Austin)

Date: June 27-28, 2019
Location: Fondren Library, Rice University (Houston)

Date: April 23, 2019; May 1, 2019 (Webinars)
Location: Online

Visit the THRAB Archival Resources page for webinar recordings.

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.


Page last modified: March 10, 2023