iSchool Hosts the 2015 Bernadette Callery Archives Lecture Series
On May 29, the iSchool hosted more than 55 attendees at the 2015 Bernadette Callery Archives Lecture Series. Richard J. Cox, Professor, and Amelia Acker, Assistant Professor, led “Charting the Future of Archives and Archival Work: A Panel Discussion.” Panelists included Anne Van Camp, Director of the Smithsonian Institution Archives; Dr. Robert Riter, Assistant Professor, University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies; and Deidre Scaggs, Associate Dean, Special Collections Research Center and Director of the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center, University of Kentucky.
Panelists commented that the archives field is moving rapidly from an analog framework to a digital one and that graduate archival education programs need to better prepare students to work in the changing environment. The point was also made that the field needs archivists who are grounded in both technical standards, as well as humanities orientation/knowledge, archivists must be problem solvers who ar enot afriad to take risks.