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Interested in personal archives? (This is not specifically about personal electronic recordkeeping.) See Catherine Hobbs (Chair of the Special Interest Section on Personal Archive (SISPA)) description of the SISPA discussion list and/or join a wiki discussion with Maryanne Dever of Monash University who will discuss her articles "Reading Other People's Mail" and "Greta Garbo's Foot, or Sex Socks and Letters" in the week of April 21 to 25th.
Understanding Data and Information Systems for Recordkeeping, by Philip C. Bantin, University Archivist, Indiana University, Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2007. Bantin explores content management systems, data warehouses, relational databases — the ways an institution can organize and store its information that are changing rapidly. He provides a comprehensive guide to the new technologies that can help us better organize vital documents and information for preservation, search, and retrieval.
Ethics, Accountability and Recordkeeping in a Dangerous World, Facet Publishing, London, 2006, pp. 352, by Richard Cox, Professor, Archival Studies at the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences and editor of Records and Information Management Report (RIMR). This book ties together two distinct but highly related topics of ethics and accountability as they impinge on the practice of recordkeeping. Read the Table of Contents and Chapter Four, "America's Pyramids: Presidents and Their Libraries," an assessment of the history and development of presidential libraries that concludes with a most provocative proposal for re-centralization of presidential libraries in a single presidential library in or near Washington, D.C. under NARA. (An earlier version of this chapter was previously published in Government Information Quarterly 19 (2002) 45-75.)
"Writing on Archiving Machines" by Eric Ketelaar: "The hand that is writing on a keyboardless tablet pc or pda connects the human body with a machine body, leaving no permanent mark on the substrate, but transferring from one body to another the potentiality of reconstruction..." Ketelaar's paper appears in Section Three of Sign Here! Handwriting in the Age of New Media, Sonja Neef, José van Dijck and Eric Ketelaar, editors, Amsterdam University Press (July 15, 2006). See TOC in Guest Authors section.
Recent Papers by Rick Barry
"Exploring the Essence of Records Management, Engaging with Experts: Proceedings", a review of book by the same title Edited by Susan Childs, Susan Heaford and Julie McLeod, 2006. The conference adopted a novel and effective "witnessing" approach to its structure. This paper is a pre-publication version of a paper that was published in the Records Management Journal, Vol. 17, No. 2, 2006; Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bradford, UK, pp. 124-136, and is published here with the kind permission of the publisher.
"Managing Electronic Records", review of the book by the same title, edited by Julie McLeod and Catherine Hare in the context of a literature review of the topic: managing electronic records. This paper is a pre-publication version of a paper that was published in the Records Management Journal, Vol. 16, No. 1, 2006; Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bradford, UK, pp. 57-66, and is published here with the kind permission of the publisher.
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