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ERIC Number: EJ792981
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 11
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-0167-8329
Establishing a Research Culture for Archive Administration in the UK
Ellis, Mary
Education for Information, v23 n1-2 p91-101 2005
This paper is concerned with the current state of academic research within the discipline of archive administration in the UK. It identifies and examines a number of reasons why research output from the UK is so low when compared with activity on an international basis. These reasons include the historic nature of archival education in the UK, the expectations of training on the part of practitioners, perceptions of the value of research and archival theory within the UK profession, and the size and capacity of the archival academic community. This is contrasted with much greater activity and debate around the issue of research in Canada, the USA and Australia. The article makes a number of suggestions for fostering greater research activity in the UK such as a mapping of the research landscape to identify need, the development of a research agenda, and the introduction of modules in research training into postgraduate courses. The profile of current research activity could be raised by, for example, the publication of abstracts of masters' dissertations. Work carried out by organisations like the National Archives into areas such as digital preservation could also be recognised as research. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A