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Principles and Practice in Records Management and Archives

Archives: Principles and practices


A newly revised edition of the 2011 Society of American Archivists' Waldo Gifford Leland Award winner.
This new and extensively revised second edition offers an international perspective on archives management, providing authoritative guidance relevant to collections-based repositories and to organizations responsible for managing their own institutional archives. Written in clear language with lively examples, Archives: Principles and practices introduces core archival concepts, explains best-practice approaches and discusses the central activities that archivists need to know to ensure the documentary materials in their charge are cared for as effectively as possible. Topics addressed include, core archival principles and concepts; archival history and the evolution of archival theories the nature and diversity of archival materials and institutions; the responsibilities and duties of the archivist; issues in the management of archival institutions; the challenges of balancing access and privacy in archival service best practice principles and strategic approaches to central archival tasks such as acquisition, preservation, reference and access; detailed comparison of custodial, fonds-oriented approaches and post-custodial, functional approaches to arrangement and description. Discussion of digital archives is woven throughout the book, including consideration of the changing role of the archivist in the digital age. In recasting her book to address the impact of digital technologies on records and archives, Millar offers us an archival manual for the twenty-first century. This book will be essential reading for archival practitioners, archival studies students and professors, librarians, museum curators, local authorities, small governments, public libraries, community museums, corporations, associations and other agencies with archival responsibility.

PART I: Principles 1. What are archives? 2. An overview of archival theories and concepts 3. The nature of archives 4. The uses of archives 5. Types of archival institution 6. Archival service as a public trust 7. Balancing access and privacy PART 2: Practices 8. Establishing the archival institution 9. Appraising and acquiring archives 10. Preserving archives 11. Arranging and describing archives 12. Making archives available 13. Providing online access and reference Conclusion To learn more Journal literature National and state institutions Professional associations Additional reading Glossary of terms

Laura A. Millar is an independent consultant in the fields of records, archives and information management, publishing and education. She has taught records, archives and information management courses in universities and colleges in Canada and internationally and is the author of dozens of books and articles on a range of topics. In 2010, the first edition of Archives: Principles and practices was awarded the prestigious Waldo Gifford Leland Award from the Society of American Archivists in recognition of its 'superior excellence and usefulness in the fields of archival history, theory, or practice.'

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