Archives and recordkeeping: theory into practice

For Immediate Release
Wed, 02/26/2014


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing


CHICAGO — Articulating the core principles and issues that shape the discipline as well as their impact and relevance for the 21st Century professional, “Archives and Recordkeeping: Theory into Practice,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, simplifies and demystifies archives and recordkeeping theory and its role in contemporary  practice. Using an accessible approach, it outlines and explores key literature and concepts and the role they can play in practice. Editor Caroline Brown and a raft of leading international thinkers and practitioners from the archives and records management world, including 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:

  • records and archives: concepts, roles and definitions;
  • archival appraisal;
  • arrangement and description: between theory and practice;
  • ethics for archivists and records managers;
  • archives, memories and identities;
  • the impact of philosophy on archives and records management;
  • technological change and recordkeeping theory.

Brown is deputy archivist at the University of Dundee, UK, and is program leader and lecturer in the Archive and Records Management program. She regularly writes and lectures on archival issues and serves on the committees of a number of professional bodies.

Facet Publishing, the commercial publishing and bookselling arm of CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, is the leading publisher of books for library and information professionals worldwide. ALA Store purchases fund advocacy, awareness and accreditation programs for library professionals worldwide. Contact us at (800) 545-2433, ext. 5052, or