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A physical and moral defence for archivists | The National Archives blog

A physical and moral defence for archivists | The National Archives blog | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Posted by Andrew Janes:

"...it isn’t surprising that most people don’t know very much about what archivists do because the scope and responsibilities of the job vary quite a lot between different archives and between different roles within the same organisation. Some archivists work mostly with records made of paper and other ‘traditional’ materials but others work mainly or entirely with digital records. Some archivists, like me, spend a lot of time answering enquiries and talking to researchers, but others spend much less time doing that. 4 What we all have in common is our commitment to the records.

Sir Hilary Jenkinson, who was one of the most important British writers about archival theory and practice during the 20th century, 5 had much to say to about the role of archivists. According to Jenkinson, an archivist’s primary duty is the physical and moral defence of the records in his or her care. 6 Why is this defence ‘moral’ as well as physical? Archivists believe that preserving the intellectual properties of records and their relationships with one another 7 – which Jenkinson rather grandly terms a moral defence – is just as important as looking after the records physically."

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In defence of archivists! What, why and how!

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Meet the Keeper this July | The National Archives

Meet the Keeper this July | The National Archives | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Oliver Morley, Chief Executive and Keeper, The National Archives, will be on hand to answer your question on three separate occasions in July 2013.

 

"...first-ever webinar on our website between 12:30 and 13:30 on Tuesday 23 July. This is your opportunity to ask about the management and future direction of The National Archives, and to raise any views that you may have.

If you would like to take part in the webinar you will need to sign up in advance. All you need is a broadband connection and PC or laptop to join the webinar. Email livechat@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk to register your interest and we'll send you further details about the session.

Don't forget that you can follow Oliver on Twitter and ask him questions at any time (@omorley1)."

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First webinar with the Chief Executive and Keeper of The National Archives! 

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