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).

THRAB Offers Free Finding Aid Training for Texas Archives, Library Staff

The Texas Historical Records Advisory Board (THRAB) has announced free spring 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.

Introduction to TARO: Encoding and Submitting Finding Aids is a workshop designed to serve anyone learning how to encode archival finding aids using the Encoded Archival Description (EAD) standard in XML, but focuses on the local guidelines and participation logistics for the state consortium for finding aids, Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO).

Through these workshops, archivists will learn the hands-on basic skills needed to participate in the TARO finding aid platform, Trainers will offer day-long workshops in Beaumont and Tyler. Registration is free but limited to 15 participants at each site.

Locations and dates:

  • February 26, 2024 | Lamar University, Beaumont | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • March 4, 2024  | UT Tyler, Tyler | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Morning sessions will provide basic information on EAD and the standards used with it, as well as background on TARO. Afternoon sessions will include hands-on time using an XML editor (or alternatively, using ArchivesSpace) to build a valid EAD XML finding aid file and uploading it to TARO.

In 2020-2021, TARO underwent significant changes and upgrades, which this workshop will address, so it will be useful even to those who are familiar with the previous version of TARO. This includes required tags and attributes, suggested subject browsing terms and a new way of uploading and managing files. Participants will learn how XML tags work, what the EAD tags are, how to validate an XML file, how to use the TARO Best Practices Guidelines and how to upload files to TARO. Detailed handouts and sample files will allow participants to continue their practice after the workshop. Trainers Robert Weaver, Amy Bowman and Amanda Focke will lead these hands-on workshops.

THRAB programming is made possible by funds from the National Historical Records and Publications Commission (NHPRC).

Past Professional Development Opportunities / 2023:
SAA DAS Webcasts
Thinking Digital 
Basics of Managing Digital Records
Digital Records: The Next Step
Introduction to Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO)
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
Course: Basics of Archives (AASLH)
Date: March 27 - April 28, 2023
Location: online


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.


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