We are archivists, but are we OK?

Currall, J.E.P. and Moss, M. (2008) We are archivists, but are we OK? Records Management Journal, 18(1), pp. 69-91. (doi: 10.1108/09565690810858532)



Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/09565690810858532


Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to show that the digital environment of the early twenty-first century is forcing the information sciences to revisit practices and precepts built around paper and physical objects over centuries. The training of archivists, records managers, librarians and museum curators has had to accommodate this new reality. Often the response has been to superimpose a digital overlay on existing curricula. A few have taken a radical approach by scrutinising the fundamentals of the professions and the ontologies of the materials they handle. Design/methodology/approach – The article explores a wide range of the issues exposed by this critique through critical analysis of ideas and published literature. Findings – The authors challenge archive and records management educators to align their curricula with contemporary need and to recognise that partnership with other professionals, particularly in the area of technology, is essential. Practical implications – The present generation owe it to future generations of archivists and records managers to ensure that the education that they get to prepare them for professional life is forward-looking in the same way. Originality/value – This paper aims to raise awareness of the educational needs of twenty-first century archives and records professionals.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Digital libraries, professional education, records management, training.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Currall, Dr James and Moss, Professor Michael
Authors: Currall, J.E.P., and Moss, M.
Subjects:Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4450 Databases
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4050 Electronic information resources
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z719 Libraries (General)
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Information Studies
Journal Name:Records Management Journal
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2008 Emerald
First Published:First published in Records Management Journal 18(1):69-91
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

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