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Should a legal right to "archival privilege" be established?

Should a legal right to "archival privilege" be established? | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Do U.S. courts currently recognize an absolute or almost absolute legal right to confidentiality for scholars or archivists? And if they do not recognize such a right, should they?

 

Some archivists believe that a legal right of archival privilege is needed. Their justification is that if society wants donors to give honest, unaltered records regarding controversial subjects for eventual historical use, archivists need a mechanism to ensure confidentiality.  It asserts, in effect, that the needs of future research always transcend the societal needs of the present.

 

The claim of an absolute right to honor and protect donor-imposed restrictions creates an absolute obligation with difficult ethical implications.  Before arguing before a court that a legal right to archival privilege exists, SAA would need to determine whether there is consensus within the profession, how that consensus might be balanced against competing legal and ethical demands, and what the appropriate processes would be for resolving differences of opinion.

 

Although the Supreme Court may take up the case, for the time being the honest answer to a potential donor is that in most, if not all, instances, an archives would be required to surrender material subpoenaed by a court.

 

 

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Nota Bene: If You 'Discover' Something in an Archive, It's Not a Discovery

Nota Bene: If You 'Discover' Something in an Archive, It's Not a Discovery | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

"It's important to remember...that in most cases what's termed an archival 'discovery' was possible only because of the years or decades of effort a repository invested in arranging, describing, preserving, and providing access to the materials in its care."

 

More here: 

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/06/nota-bene-if-you-discover-something-in-an-archive-its-not-a-discovery/258538/

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Found in the Archives

Found in the Archives | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

"To Capture a Great Dream Before it Dies"
Historians often speculate what Franklin Delano Roosevelt would have done after his Presidency if he had not died while still in office. Would he write his memoirs? Would he run the United Nations? 

 

Guess what?  In this letter, he confesses he would like to be a librarian!

 

To FDR, making our history accessible to the American people is like capturing “a great dream before it dies.” This is a mission that all of us who have the privilege of working at his Library try to achieve every single day through our archives, museum exhibitions, and education and public programs.

 

Check out what's more to find at the FDR Library here: http://fdrlibrary.wordpress.com/

 

 

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Filipino Librarian: Libraries as Buckets

Filipino Librarian: Libraries as Buckets | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

"Libraries, archives, and museums are the buckets that allow us to draw the water from the well. Needless to say it is thus an absolute necessity that these be in good shape: no leaks, sufficiently large in size, and always ready to serve. For while available information is enormous, access to it is still quite limited. At this conference you have decided to look for better ways to provide access."  Words of wisdom from the Introductory speech of Fr. Jose M. Cruz, SJ at the 5th Rizal Library International Conference (RLIC) held at Ateneo de Manila University last 25-26 October 2012.

 

Full text of the speech is available here: http://filipinolibrarian.blogspot.com/2013/01/libraries-as-buckets.html

 

Papers/presentations delivered at the conference are available for download also here: http://rizal.lib.admu.edu.ph/2012conf/index.html

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Linking libraries, museums, archives

Linking libraries, museums, archives | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

The archivist of the United States joins an interdisciplinary conversation at Harvard about the whys and hows of integrating libraries, archives, and museums: “We are all in the same business: protecting, collecting, and allowing the use of information."

 

The symposium centered on the discussion among the panelists and audience about the opportunities and obstacles presented by LAM integration, arriving at the conclusion that "user expectations are driving the movement toward LAM integration, and that professionals in all three disciplines are accelerating their efforts to make it happen."

 

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