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:

THRAB is pleased to offer an educational opportunity free of charge to individuals working with historical collections and who lack a background or formal training in archives. Through funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), THRAB has partnered with the American Association of State and Local History (AASLH) to reserve a select number of spots in their upcoming beginner’s online course, Basics of Archives. Designed for those with little to no archival experience, the AASLH instructor presents modules online over five weeks from January 10 – February 13, 2022, with lessons covering the essential components of archives work from acquisition to outreach. Registration preference will be given to employees or volunteers of smaller institutions and those that receive little or no funding for professional development. THRAB may limit registration to one person per institution to allocate space equitably.

To apply for free registration, visit:

Apply by December 15, 2021.

Past workshops / 2021:

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

Past Workshops / 2020: 

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.

Past Workshops / 2019:

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: November 18, 2021