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Thursday, July 27 • 12:15pm - 1:30pm
Brown Bag Lunch: The American Archivist Article Discussion

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Registration required for this Brown Bag lunch discussion. Send email to Abigail Christian (achristian@archivists.organd in subject line indicate “American Archivist Brown Bag lunch.” The PDF of the article will then be sent to you.

Be among the first to read and discuss the forthcoming article, “Surveying Archivists and their Work toward Advocacy and Management, or ‘Enterprise Archiving’” by Sarah A. Buchanan, Jane Gruning, Ayse Gursoy, and Lecia Barker, which will be published in the Fall/Winter 2017 issue of The American Archivist. The article presents results from a spring 2014 survey gathering data on the work archivists do and competencies required for this work. Research questions sought to measure or describe (a) the nature of everyday archival work, (b) the frequency of specific interactive and materials-based tasks, (c) the greatest challenges of the archivists' work, and (d) recommendations for further emphasis in graduate archival education. The results show that much of the communication that archivists must do is “enterprise archiving,” which centers around advocating the value of well-managed archives. Recognizing prior efforts to raise awareness of professional demographics and skills used on the job, this article is a continuation of initiatives aiming to transform data gathered about professional activities and competencies into broader public support for archives and archivists. The journal’s editor, Greg Hunter, will lead the discussion.

Thursday July 27, 2017 12:15pm - 1:30pm PDT
B111 Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK, Jr. Blvd, Portland, OR 97232