University course
Estate Administration

Archives, libraries, and museums house a large number of written estates and special collections that are significant for academic research. The university course provides fundamental knowledge in managing estates and special collections, as well as methods and techniques for cataloging their objects and making them accessible to the public.

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Registration Organisational Information


Certificate of the University of Innsbruck

1 Semester / 4 ECTS-AP

Study Code
UC 992 003 006


870 EUR



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Qualification profile


  • have basic knowledge in managing estates and special collections
  • are familiar with methods and techniques for cataloging and preserving special collections
  • can make collection objects accessible for research, teaching, and scientific purposes as well as for the interested public
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Target group

  • Employees in academic libraries, archives, and documentation centers or information institutions
  • Researchers, educators, and students in historical, philological, and cultural studies disciplines.
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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.

  • Mag. Martin Wedl, MSc
    Austrian National Library Vienna
  • Mag. Claudia Feigl, MAS
    University of Vienna


VU Sondersammlungen (1 SSt. / 1 ECTS) – at the named Location
2.12.2024: 14:00 - 16:30 
3.-6.12.2024: 09:00 - 16:30 

​VU Nachlassverwaltung und -erschließung (2 SSt. / 2 ECTS) - ONLINE
20-21.1.2025, 9 - 16:30 


Universitäts- und
Landesbibliothek Tirol
Schulungsraum Hauptbibliothek
EG, Innrain 50, 6020 Innsbruck

Qualifikation Profile

  • You have comprehensive knowledge in the acquisition and management of estates, especially in handling autographs, records, and correspondence collections.
  • You are familiar with national and international standards and regulations for estate cataloging and apply this knowledge in practice.
  • You can classify estates using different organizational methods according to specific materials. Additionally, you are familiar with appropriate methods for sustainable preservation and storage of objects.
  • You can not only apply these methods but also make them accessible for research, teaching, and scientific purposes as well as for the interested public. This includes competency in digitization and digital long-term archiving, as well as the ability to maintain records in national and international estate and autograph databases.
  • Another focus of the course is on understanding and applying methods for building, cataloging, and preserving special collections.
  • You are aware of peculiarities in object preservation and can consider these aspects in handling the respective collection items. The results of your work are relevant not only for research, teaching, and science but also accessible to the interested public.


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