Records are an important reflection on community identity and collective memory. This new guide is packed with strategies and methodologies to help archivists and record managers effectively select and maintain material evidence that best serves their communities.
Highly practical and broad in scope, the collection’s comprehensive content is clearly organized into three parts:
- context and concepts
- real life examples: community archives; community and non-traditional recordkeeping; record loss, destruction and recovery; online communities
- practical implications
Along with a specific focus on capture, appraisal, and documentation, the editors devote timely coverage to important new technological advancements in field. They outline the numerous ways in which technology can help professionals overcome traditional obstacles, as well as the expanded possibilities they offer for creating virtual communities.
Community Archives: The Shaping of Memory is an invaluable tool for practitioners, researchers, and academics in the archives and records profession.
"..required reading for anyone responsible for the shaping of memory"
— Business Archives
"...an important addition to the recent discourse about the meaning and purposes of archives."
— The American Archivist
"An inspirational practical guide to defining community identity with records and archives…The gripping narrative, the chronology, the citations and the data in every single essay demonstrate admirable passion and valuable experience…This mega-resource pools information and experience from every corner of the information and physical world. It is a must-read for professionals who wish to enhance their understanding of how records and archives shape human memory or who want to develop a deeper understanding of their roles and responsibilities as info pros in archives, museums or records institutions."
— Information World Review