Archives and Records: The Journal of the Archives and Records Association
Archives and Records is a highly respected research publication for thoseworking in the archives and records sector.
Issued three times a year to ARA Members, it contains topical research and articles relevant to archivists, archive conservators and records managers, as well as to all involved in the study and interpretation of archives.
Archives and Records aims to represent current professional practices and research. If you are working within the archive sector, planning to develop and grow your career, or just have an interest, Archives and Records makes enjoyable and informative reading. As well as being issued to ARA Members Archives and Records has over 3000 Institutional and Individual subscribers around the world.
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Call for Guest Editors: Special Issue on Research by Students and New Professionals
Archival practice and the academic discipline of archival studies are developing rapidly and radically in response to and anticipation of social and political forces, theoretical interventions and socio-technological developments. In this exciting time for the field, student and new professional voices continue to contribute greatly. The research conducted by students in the UK and Ireland has long made valuable contributions to the literature, helping to effect positive change in how we understand records and their management, uses and impacts. Examples from recent years include Kathleen Brennan’s research into the authenticity of tweets in the context of Trump’s administration, Alicia Chilcott’s work on protocols for describing racist records, Eliza McKee’s history of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, and Edd Mustill’s use of Marxist labour theory to illuminate the enclosure of open government data.(1) Students and new professionals bring important new ideas into archival theory and practice, and Archives and Records seeks to encourage this reshaping of the field.
1) Brennan, Kathleen Margaret. “Believe Me: Authenticity, Federal Social Media Use, and the Problematized Record in the American Digital Public Sphere,” in “Information / Control: Control in the Age of Post-Truth,” eds. Stacy E. Wood, James Lowry, and Andrew J Lau. Special issue, Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies 2, no.2 (2019); Chilcott, Alicia. (2019). Towards protocols for describing racially offensive language in UK public archives. Archival Science. 19. 1-18; Eliza McKee (2019) The origins and development of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, 1922–1948, Archives and Records, 40:2, 164-178; Mustill, Edd. “Understanding How Open Government Data is Used in Capital Accumulation: Towards a Theoretical Framework,” in “Information/Control: Control in the Age of Post-Truth,” eds. Stacy E. Wood, James Lowry, and Andrew J Lau. Special issue, Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies 2, no.2 (2019).
2) Dr James Lowry (Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, Queens College, City University of New York) has edited or co-edited five special issues of journals and two books, with a third in production. He is series editor for the Routledge Studies in Archives book series and serves on the editorial board of a number of journals, including Archives and Records.
Looking to Contribute?
There are many ways to get involved with Archives and Records, either as an author, an editor or a peer reviewer. Engaging with new ideas and reflecting on existing practice is a vital part of being a professional, and getting involved with Archives and Records will enhance your own continuing professional development and allow you to share your insights and potentially influence the direction of the profession and beyond. Please see the following for further information on how to get involved and then get in touch (details below). We are looking forward to hearing from you.
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