University course
Archival Practice

The university course "Archival Practice" imparts compact basic knowledge of archival work and covers a range from modern archival management to the specifics of media archives, and to the practical handling of archival and chancellery documents.

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Registration Organisational Information


Certificate of the University of Innsbruck

1 Month/ 8 ECTS-AP

Study Code
UC 992 003 004


1.450 EUR



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Qualification profile


  • are familiar with types and concepts of archives,
  • understand characteristics of management, organization, and administration of archives as well as their legal foundations,
  • can implement preservation measures for archival materials,
  • can arrange and index archival materials,
  • can read common handwriting styles found in archives


Target group

Individuals interested in working or aspiring to work in the field of information management, particularly in:

  • Libraries
  • Information and documentation centers
  • Archives and related institutions
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General university entrance qualification in the form of a school-leaving certificate (Matura in Austria) or University Entrance Qualification Examination



Mag. Monika Schneider-Jakob, MAS

University and State Library Tyrol
Innrain 50 
6020 Innsbruck

+43 512 507–2459

Michael Pilz

assoz. Prof. Mag. Dr. Michael Pilz

2001-2005: Studied Library and Information Science at the Leipzig University of Applied Sciences (HTWK).
2006-2011: Diploma programme in German Philology at the Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck.
2011-2013: Doctoral programme in Literature and Cultural Studies (dissertation field: German Philology) at the Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck.
April 2014: Assumption of the management of the Innsbruck Newspaper Archive / IZA as assistant professor at the Institute of German Studies at the Leopold Franzens University of Innsbruck
February 2020: Habilitation in Modern German Literature at the University of Innsbruck.
2020 ff: Associate Professor at the Institute of German Studies at the Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck.
Since 2017 Michael Pilz has been academic director of the university course Library and Information Studies.

Martin Ager, BA MA
Tyrolean Provincial Archives

Mag. Dr. Gabriele Fröschl
Head of the Austrian Media Library

Mag. Dr. Gertraud Zeindl
Tyrolean Provincial Archives


 13.01.2025 - 15.01.2025
 09:00 - 16:30 

 09:00 - 14:30 

 09:00 - 16:30 ONLINE

 09:00 - 15:15 ONLINE

 09:00 - 16:30

 09:00 - 15:15


University and State Library Tyrol
Main Library Training Room
Ground floor, Innrain 50, 6020 Innsbruck


The students of the university course not only learn about the different types of archives, their structures, support systems, and peculiarities in management, organization, and administration on a theoretical level, but they also acquire concrete practical knowledge for work in the diverse archival landscape.

They can access and present various archival and collection materials both formally and in terms of content using appropriate technical methods and presentation techniques. They are informed about the legal foundations and framework conditions of archival work, including issues of data protection and copyright.

They can determine the genesis, form, and transmission of archival materials from different epochs and apply specific archival methods for this purpose. They are able to read archival sources, process them in a user-friendly manner, and make them publicly accessible.

Their qualifications relate to both handling traditional archival holdings and working with contemporary materials, especially electronic and audiovisual materials. They are familiar with their production circumstances and can apply the methodology of records management for secure archiving, administration, and control of digital as well as conventional/paper-based documents.


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