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With new technologies and additional goals driving their institutions, archives are changing drastically. This book shows how the foundations of archival practice can be brought forward to adapt to new environments—while adhering to the key principles of preservation and access.
Archives of all types are experiencing a resurgence, evolving to meet new environments (digital and physical) and new priorities. To meet those changes, professional archivist education programs—now one of the more active segments of LIS schools—are proliferating as well. This book identifies core archival theories and approaches and how those interact with major issues and trends in the field. The essays explore the progression of archival thinking today, discussing the nature of archives in light of present-day roles for archivists and archival institutions in the preservation of documentary heritage.
Examining new conceptualizations and emerging frameworks through the lenses of core archival practice and theory, the book covers core foundational topics, such as the nature of archives, the ruling concept of provenance, and the principal functions of archivists, discussing each in the context of current and future environments and priorities. Several new essays on topics of central importance not treated in the first edition are included, such as digital preservation and the influence of new technologies on institutional programs that facilitate archival access, advocacy, and outreach; the changing legal context of archives and archival work; and the archival collections of private persons and organizations. Readers will also learn how communities of various kinds intersect with the archival mission and how other disciplines' perspectives on archives can open new avenues.
- Presents current thinking on archival theory, methods, and practice and addresses new thinking about the role of archival institutions
- Documents how the foundational principles of archives and museums are changing
- Introduces readers to other disciplinary perspectives on archives
- Supplies contributions from practitioners as well as academics, representing a range of perspectives and archival traditions
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- Table of Contents
Introduction: Shifting Currents
Terry Eastwood and Heather MacNeil
PART I: FOUNDATIONS
Chapter 1: A Contested Realm: The Nature of Archives and the Orientation of Archival Science
Chapter 2: Origins and Beyond: The Ongoing Evolution of Archival Ideas about Provenance
Chapter 3: Archives as a Place
PART II: FUNCTIONS
Chapter 4: Managing Records in Current Recordkeeping Environments
Chapter 5: Archival Appraisal in Four Paradigms
Chapter 6: Digital Preservation: from Possible to Practical
Chapter 7: Continuing Debates about Description
Chapter 8: Archival Interaction
Wendy Duff and Elizabeth Yakel
Chapter 9: Archival Public Programming
PART III: FRAMEWORKS
Chapter 10: Right to Information
Chapter 11: Archives and Social Justice
David A. Wallace
Chapter 12: Participatory Archives
Chapter 13: GLAMs, LAMs and Archival Perspectives
Jeannette A. Bastian
Chapter 14: Community Archives
About the Editors and Contributors
"As an adjunct professor, I can easily see adding this book into my curriculum to provide students with a theoretical framework from which to build their practical knowledge."
"Each chapter and essay is thoroughly researched and provides multiple statistics to back up claims. . . . This title is perfect for academic libraries (particularly library schools), special collections, and for those pursuing a career in archives and records management."
"The second edition of Currents of Archival Thinking should be considered a stand-alone book, rather than simply an updated version of a resource that is already in your bookcase. . . . Overall, there appears to be a sense of openness to users, communities, society, and social justice in nearly all the chapters. . . . Whether intentional or not, this shift in archival discourse, grounded solidly on 'traditional' archival theory, is more than welcome."
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