This book draws on the contributions of a range of international experts to consider the current archival landscape and imagine the archive of the future. Firmly rooted in current professional debate and scholarship, Archival Futures offers thought provoking and accessible chapters that aim to challenge and inspire archivists globally and to encourage debate about their futures.
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 and its authenticity and reliability in a networked and interconnected world. On a practical level archivists are being asked to do more, to have a greater range of skills, often with increasingly restricted resources while competing with others to maintain their role as experts in ever changing environments.
Caroline Brown is the Programme Leader and Honorary Lecturer for the archives programmes at the Centre for Archive and Information Studies, University of Dundee, where she is also Deputy Archivist.
1. It's the end of the archival profession as we know it, and I feel fine - Kate Theimer 2. Whose truth? Records and archives as evidence in the era of post-truth and disinformation - Luciana Duranti 3. The future of archives as networked, decentralized, autonomous and global - Victoria Lemieux 4. Can we keep everything? The future of appraisal in a world of digital profusion - Geoffrey Yeo 5. Frames and the future of archival processing - Jenny Bunn 6. Access technologies for the disruptive digital archive - Sonia Ranade 7. Multiple rights in records: the role of recordkeeping informatics - Barbara Reed, Gillian Oliver, Frank Upward and Joanne Evans 8. The accidental archive - Michael Moss and David Thomas 9. The end of archival ideas? - Craig Gauld