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Engaging with records and archives : histories and theories / edited by Fiorella Foscanini, Heather MacNeil, Bonnie Mak and Gillian Oliver.
London : Facet Publishing, 2016.
xv, 236 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"This book offers a selection of papers from the Seventh International Conference on the History of Records and Archives (I-CHORA 7) which took place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, from July 29 to 31, 2015."
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Other Authors:
Foscarini, Fiorella, editor.

MacNeil, Heather, editor.

Mak, Bonnie, editor.

Oliver, Gillian, editor.

International Conference on the History of Records and Archives (7th: 2015 : Amsterdam), issuing body.
1783301589 paperback

9781783301584 paperback

1783301597 hardback

9781783301591 hardback

9781783301607 electronic book


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Book CD995.E57

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This collection provides a multifaceted response to today's growing fascination with the idea of the archive and showcases the myriad ways in which archival ideas and practices are being engaged and developed by emerging and internationally renowned scholars.
Engaging with Records and Archives offers a selection of original, insightful and imaginative papers from the Seventh International Conference on the History of Records and Archives (I-CHORA 7). The contributions in this volume comprise a wide variety of views of records, archives and archival functions, spanning diverse regions, communities, disciplinary perspectives and time periods. From the origins of contemporary grassroots archival activism in Poland to the role of women archivists in early 20th century Engl∧ from the management of records in the Dutch East Indies in the 19th century to the relationship between Western and Indigenous cultures in North America and other modern archival conundrums, this collection reveals the richness of archival thinking through compelling examples from past and present that will captivate the reader.
This book will be useful reading for both scholars and practitioners, including archivists, records managers and other media and information professionals. Bridging archival, information, and library science; the digital humanities; art history; social history; culture and media studies; data curation; and communication, students and researchers across the disciplines are sure to find inspiration.

Author Notes

Fiorella Foscarini PhD is an associate professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. She taught previously at the University of Amsterdam and holds a PhD in archival studies from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Prior to joining academia, she worked as senior archivist for the European Central Bank in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. She is particularly interested in the nature of records and the activities that shape and are shaped by records. She is Co-editor in Chief of the Records Management Journal.

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Library Journal Review

The discussions of archival theory in this volume edited by Foscarini (coeditor, Records Management Journal) stem from a selection of papers at the 2015 Conference on the History of Records and Archives. An international set of contributors discuss topics and considerations including access and ethics, along with other facets such as models and classification structures. The cogent discussion of how archives participate in-or are excluded from-power structures and cultural memory, especially in the chapter on "archival silence," will be fascinating to many, especially in today's political climate. The volume includes interesting international perspectives, especially from countries such as Malawi, Italy, and Poland. All of the essays are well-researched and clearly written, although some archival and history professionals might find this collection to be overly theoretical. VERDICT For those interested in archival theory and its intersection with historiography, this volume will provide insights into the history and continuing evolution of important concepts. However, readers interested in practical applications should seek a more hands-on guide.-Felicia J. Williamson, Dallas Holocaust Museum © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.