Specific Features of Memory Institutions and Their Information
Course code
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Mäluasutuste spetsiifika ja infosüsteemid
Course title in English
Specific Features of Memory Institutions and Their Information
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
autumn 2
Assessment form
lecturer of 2019/2020  Spring semester
õppejõud on määramata
lecturer of 2020/2021  Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
To support obtaining knowledge on specific forms, functions and preservation institutions of social memory.
To create preconditions to obtain knowledge about digital information systems and services of memory institutions.
Brief description of the course
Forms and functions of social memory. The role of libraries, archives and museums as preservation institutions of social memory. Memory institutions as objects of cultural policy. Communication of social memory in EU projects. Specificity of memory institutions. Collections of memory institutions in digital environment. Information services offered by memory institutions.
Information systems AIS, MUIS, systems of film- and photoarchives and maps.
Independent work
Reading the compulsory literature, practical assignments.
Learning outcomes in the course
A student who has passed the course:
- understands theoretical concepts on functioning of social memory in the society;
- knows the role of different meomory institutions in preservation of social memory and cultural-political regulations of their activities;
- is able to mediate memory institutions' collections to the public through digital services;
-knows memory institutions' information systems and is able to manage them.
Assessment methods
Written exam
Study literature
The Archive in Motion: New Conceptions of the Archive in Contemporary Thought and New Media Practices. (2010). Oslo: Novus Press.
Blouin, F. X, Rosenberg W. G. (Eds.).(2010). Archives, Documentation, and Institutions of Social Memory. Ann Arbor: Univesity of Michigan Press.
Bowker, G. C. (2006). Memory Practices in the Sciences.Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.
Misztal B. A. (2003). Theories of Social Remembering. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
Replacement literature
Kultuuriministeerium. Muuseumivaldkonna tutvustus.
http://www.kul.ee/index.php?path=0x2x213x790x1887 (1.12.12).
Manžuch, Z. (2009). Archives, libraries and museums as communicators of memory in European Union projects. Information Research, 14 (2) paper 400. http://InformationR.net/ir/14-1/paper400.html (8.01.2013).
Rahvusarhiiv. http://www.ra.ee (1.12.12).
Usherwood, B., Wilson, K. , Bryson, J. (2005). Relevant repositories of public knowledge? Libraries, museums and archives in ‘the information age’. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 37(2), 89-98.