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Is Professionalism Still an Acceptable Goal for Archivists in the Global Digital Society?

Cox, Richard J. (2016) Is Professionalism Still an Acceptable Goal for Archivists in the Global Digital Society? In: University of Alberta Libraries, Archives, and Public Life: Around the World World-Wide Streamed Conference, 11 May 2016 - 11 May 2016, Webinar. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

In this paper I revisit my 1986 essay, “Professionalism and Archivists in the United States/” American Archivist 49 (Summer 1986): 229-247, drawing upon sociological models of the traits and characteristics of professions as a means of drafting an agenda for developing the community of archivists and their status within society. Written in the midst of an intense period of professional planning and self-scrutiny, this article presented the normal call for improved disciplinary knowledge, education, and public awareness. However, in the thirty years since, with the emerging digital society, disciplinary convergence, increased cultural sensitivities and self-awareness, growing community and indigenous archives, and networked social media, does such a traditional view of professionalism still remain relevant as a discussion focus? If not, how should we now view what we do and explain our mission to the world? Suggestions will be offered about what we should now be saying about the essential tenets of the archival mission.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Status: Unpublished
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Cox, Richard J.rjcox@pitt.eduRJCOX
Date: 11 May 2016
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Event Title: University of Alberta Libraries, Archives, and Public Life: Around the World World-Wide Streamed Conference
Event Dates: 11 May 2016 - 11 May 2016
Event Type: Conference
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Library and Information Science
Refereed: No
Uncontrolled Keywords: Archival, Professionalism, Archival, Ethics
Date Deposited: 13 May 2016 14:24
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2017 04:58
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/28002

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