Imagining the archive of the future

For Immediate Release
Fri, 11/16/2018


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association


CHICAGO — “Archival Futures,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, draws on a range of international experts to consider the current archival landscape and imagine the archive of the future. Edited by Caroline Brown, it offers thought provoking and accessible chapters that aim to challenge and inspire archivists globally and to encourage debate. Contributors Kate Theimer, Luciana Duranti, Victoria Lemieux, Geoffrey Yeo, Jenny Bunn, Sonia Ranade, Barbara Reed, Gillian Oliver, Frank Upward, Joanne Evans, Michael Moss, David Thomas, and Craig Gauld discuss such topics as:

  • the role of archives in relation to individuals, organizations, 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 and what "the archive" is or might become;
  • competition or opportunity offered by other information, cultural, or IT-related professions and the future role of the archive profession; and
  • archives as authentic and reliable evidence.

Brown is Deputy Archivist at the University of Dundee, UK and is program leader and lecturer on the Archive and Records Management program at CAIS. She regularly writes and lectures on archival issues and serves on the committees of numerous professional bodies.

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