Archives and Archivists in the Information Age

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In today's information world, the importance and need for archival collections and professionals to care for them cannot be understated. Noted professor and author Richard J. Cox provides an insightful guide to the new roles, responsibilities, and considerations for archival management. Cox examines the role of archival collections in public scholarship, distance learning, and the digital era. He explores the need for modern organizations that collect historical materials. Chapters guide readers through the ...

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Overview

In today's information world, the importance and need for archival collections and professionals to care for them cannot be understated. Noted professor and author Richard J. Cox provides an insightful guide to the new roles, responsibilities, and considerations for archival management. Cox examines the role of archival collections in public scholarship, distance learning, and the digital era. He explores the need for modern organizations that collect historical materials. Chapters guide readers through the creation of job descriptions and the hiring an archivists and consultants. Cox delineates the role of the archivist in the knowledge age; the profession's changing credentials and specialties; and the growing base of knowledge found in the field's scholarly works. Informative and timely, this guide contains vital new information for archivists, records managers, students, and all information workers who are interested in understanding the important roles archivists play in modern institutions and the information profession.

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Ch. 1 Why organizations need archivists 1
Ch. 2 Why organizations need archival consultants 33
Ch. 3 How organizations define archival positions 59
Ch. 4 Why records professionals need to explain themselves 91
Ch. 5 Archival credentials and professional identity 119
Ch. 6 Archives, records management, and distance learning : weighing the options 147
Ch. 7 The archivist in the knowledge age : what have we become? 175
Ch. 8 Records, documents, and stuff in the digital era 203
Ch. 9 Forming the records professional's knowledge 224
Ch. 10 Putting it altogether : case studies of four institutional records programs 261
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