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The Future of Archives and Recordkeeping
Jennie Hill
Item Number: 978-1-85604-666-4
Publisher: Facet Publishing, UK
Price: $115.00
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256 pages
6 x 9
ISBN-13: 978-1-85604-666-4
Published date: 2010-11-01

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How are archivists and archives evolving to adapt to technological developments and the information explosion? What other disciplines have a stake in the archival teaching and practice? What are the common versus the unique interests among archivists and records or information managers? Author Jennie Hill’s timely new reader examines the roots, current state, and forward progress of archives and records management, and gives professionals the essential keys to remaining current and relevant in the 21st century.

Future of Archives and Recordkeeping has four main sections covering these unique themes:
• Defining archives
• Shaping a discipline
• Archives 2.0: archives in society
• Archives in the information age: is there still a role for the archive professional?

Hill’s straightforward approach to crucial new developments in the field will prove to be an invaluable resource for students pursuing a degree in Archives as well as archive professional who wish to refresh and examine their understanding of this evolving profession.

Table of Contents

Introduction: seeing the future of archives and recordkeeping


1. Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going? Situating the archive and archivists - Victoria Lane and Jennie Hill 
2. Encounters with the self: archives and research - Sue Breakell
3. Strangely unfamiliar: ideas of the archive from outside the discipline - Alexandrina Buchanan 


4. Structural and formal analysis: the contribution of diplomatics to archival appraisal in the digital environment - Luciana Duranti 
5. Archivistics: science or art? - Eric Ketelaar 


6. Archons, aliens and angels: power and politics in the archive - Verne Harris
7. Interactivity, flexibility and transparency: social media and Archives 2.0 - Kate Theimer
8. The impact of independent and community archives on professional archival thinking and practice - Andrew Flinn 


9. The postcustodial archive - Adrian Cunningham 
10. Information management, records management, knowledge management: the place of archives in a digital age - Nicole Convery 
11. Appraisal and the future of archives in the digital era - Richard J Cox

About The Author

Jennie Hill BA(Hons) MA MSc(Econ) is a Lecturer in Archives and Records Management at the Department of Information Studies, Aberystwyth University. She has previously worked in a wide range of local and national archive services.

"This book could benefit any professional in records and information management, knowledge or library management, history, or research. It provides an intense and thought-provoking mix of theory, practice, and philosophy."
— Information Management

"I strongly recommend The Future of Archives and Recordkeeping as an enriching read for librarians of all types. It sheds much light on the common goals and dilemmas faced by all information professions while also introducing non-archivists to issues of knowledge and culture that are too important not to be conscientiously analysed."
— Ariadne

"...will be of greatest value to students of archival studies, and practitioners updating their understanding of issues impacting the archive sector. The chapters stand alone so the book can be “dipped into” according to the interests of the reader, or chapters can be read in conjunction with the others that sit alongside within the same theme."
— The Serials Librarian

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