1st Edition

Archives and Recordkeeping
Theory into practice

Edited By

Caroline Brown

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ISBN 9781856048255
Published November 29, 2013 by Facet Publishing
224 Pages

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Book Description

This groundbreaking text demystifies archival and recordkeeping theory and its role in modern day practice.

The book's great strength is in articulating some of the core principles and issues that shape the discipline and the impact and relevance they have for the 21st century professional.

Using an accessible approach, it outlines and explores key literature and concepts and the role they can play in practice. Leading international thinkers and practitioners from the archives and records management world, Jeannette Bastian, Alan Bell, Anne Gilliland, Rachel Hardiman, Eric Ketelaar, Jennifer Meehan and Caroline Williams, consider the concepts and ideas behind the practicalities of archives and records management to draw out their importance and relevance.

Key topics covered include:

Concepts, roles and definitions of records and archives

Archival appraisal

Arrangement and description

Ethics for archivists and records managers

Archives, memories and identities

The impact of philosophy on archives and records management

Does technological change marginalize recordkeeping theory?

Readership: This is essential reading for students and educators in archives and recordkeeping and invaluable as a guide for practitioners who want to better understand and inform their day-to-day work. It is also a useful guide across related disciplines in the information sciences and humanities.

Table of Contents

Introduction - Caroline Brown 1. Records and archives: concepts, roles and definition - Caroline Williams 2. Archival appraisal: practising on shifting sand - Anne J. Gilliland 3. Arrangement and description: between theory and practice - Jennifer Meehan 4. Ethics for archivists and records managers - Jeannette A. Bastian 5. Archives, memories and identities - Eric Ketelaar 6. Under the influence: the impact of philosophy on archives and records management - Rachel Hardiman 7. Participation vs principle: does technological change marginalize recordkeeping theory? - Alan R. Bell.

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