First, MTS staff members embark on a course of self-study, starting with readings in library science and archival processing techniques. We also review and discuss background histories on Black Chicago's cultural history. This work is capped off by a series of workshops on arrangement and description techniques, led by archivists from the University of Chicago's Special Collections Research Center.
Next, MTS staff members are assigned to process collections that match their research expertise. They are supervised day-to-day by the repositories' curators and librarians. The MTS staff also meets regularly with Professor Goldsby to solve problems and identify ways collections intersect with one another. Professor Goldsby meets with the repositories' staff to address concerns and brief them on project progress. She also consults with the staff of the University of Chicago Library's Special Collections Research Center (SCRC), to organize continuing education workshops for the staff members.
- Surveying & Inventorying Collections
- Arranging & Describing Collections
- Producing Finding Aids
- Working with Moving Image Collections
- Working with Photograph Collections
- Processing Hidden Collections
- The Ethics & Politics of Collection Development
- Background Readings on Black Chicago's History, 1930s-1970s