Future Archives

Mar 2018 | 224pp

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Future Archives

Edited by Caroline Brown

This new book draws on the contributions of a range of international experts to discuss the archival landscape over the past 20–30 years. Firmly rooted in past and current scholarship, Future Archives offers thought provoking and accessible chapters that aim to challenge and inspire archivists globally. 

It is widely acknowledged that the archive profession/discipline is facing a time of change. The digital world has presented changes in how records are created, used, stored and communicated. At the same time, there is increased public debate over issues such as ownership of and access to information, surveillance and privacy. On a practical level archivists are being asked to do more, to have a greater range of skills, often with increasingly restricted resources.

Exploring the potential impact of these changes is timely. Such reflections will provide the opportunity to consider the archivists purpose and role, discuss the practical impact of change on skills and functions and to articulate what can be contributed to a mid 21 century world.

Content covered includes:

  • the role of archives in relation to individuals, organisations, communities and society
  • how appraisal, arrangement, description and access might be affected in the future
  • the impact of changing societal expectations in terms of access to information, how information is exchanged, and how things are recorded and remembered
  • the place of traditional archives
  • competition or opportunity offered by other information, cultural or IT related professions
  • new ethical challenges.

Readership: this book will appeal to will appeal to an international audience of students, academics and practitioners in archival science, records management, and library and information science.  

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