Archival and Education Research Initiative (AERI)

Serving as the co-principal investigator on the Archival Education and Research Initiative project, Elizabeth Yakel has helped to establish an unprecedented and exciting collaboration among the leading archival education programs in the U.S. to train and support future archival faculty. This project is funded by two four-year grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.

Start date: 9/21/2008
End date: 8/31/2016

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The Archival Education and Research Initiative’s goal is to stimulate the growth of a new generation of academics in archival education who are versed in contemporary issues and knowledgeable of the work being conducted by colleagues. The initiative seeks to nurture and promote state-of-the-art in scholarship in archival science and to encourage curricular and academic innovation in archival education across the United States and worldwide.

As part of this effort, annual week-long summer Archival Education and Research Institutes (AERI) are hosted by partner institutions.  The Institutes are designed to strengthen education and research and support academic cohort-building and mentoring. Institutes are open to all academic faculty working and doctoral students working in archival studies, both nationally and internationally.

The U-M School of Information organized and implemented the second Archival Education and Research Institute (AERI) in Ann Arbor from June 20-25, 2010. The institute brought together 80 archival faculty and doctoral students from the U.S. and abroad. Activities included mentoring sessions for doctoral students and faculty, methodology workshops, curriculum development seminars, a poster session, research presentations, guest speakers, and field trips.

The research interests of the faculty and students who attended this institute varied from archive education to memory to social justice. Workshops and seminars focused on important topics like collective memory research methods, granting agencies, and integrating technology into the classroom. Field trips included visits to the University of Michigan Exhibit Museum of Natural History and the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

A second component of the Archival Education and Research Initiative is the encouragement of a larger and more diverse cohort of doctoral students in Archival Studies.  The Emerging Archival Scholars Program (2011-2015) provides scholarships to attend AERI as well as additional mentoring and research opportunities for minority students at the undergraduate and graduate levels who are considering undertaking doctoral education focusing on archival studies.

Collaborators on this project include: Principal Investigator Anne Gilliand from UCLA, Co-Principal Investigator Kelvin White from the University of Oklahoma, and AERI Project Manager Ellen-Rae Cachola from UCLA.

For more information about the Archival Education and Research Initiative, please visit the project’s website here


Laura Bush 21st Century Librarians Program, Institute of Museum and Library Sciences; $181,025 (9/1/2009-7/31/2012)

Laura Bush 21st Century Librarians Program, Institute of Museum and Library Sciences; $609,344 (2011-2014, Awarded to UCLA)


The mission of the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement.

The Institute’s Laura Bush 21st Century Librarians Program supports efforts to recruit and educate the next generation of librarians and the faculty who will prepare them for careers in library science. It supports grants for library education research and library staffing needs, curriculum development, and continuing education and training.