Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Location: 2119 Hornbake
Title: "Appraising Appraisal"
The presentation will build on F. Gerald Hamís oft quoted statement,
ďOur most important and intellectually demanding task as archivists is
to make an informed selection of information that will provide the
future with a representative record of human experience in our time. But
why must we do it so badly?Ē Despite being more than three decades old,
Hamís pithy comment continues to outline the dilemmas archivists face
when they appraise. Acknowledging that appraisal is important, what
purposes do archivists serve through appraisal and what practice should
be employed to implement that purpose? Thirty years after Hamís
challenge there is agreement on neither purpose nor practice, which
creates both a fundamental problem for the archival community and a
wonderful opportunity for meaningful archival research.
About the speaker:
Since 1991, Frank Boles has served as director of Central Michigan
Universityís Clarke Historical Library. With an operating budget of
approximately $1 million, the Clarke documents regional history,
childrenís books with an emphasis on works read by young children to
gain literacy, and serves as the CMU Archives. He is very active
professionally, and is the immediate past president of the Society of
American Archivists. Prior to coming to Central he worked at the
University of Michiganís Bentley Historical Library and the Chicago
Historical Society. At Michigan he also served half-time as an adjunct
professor in the School of Information, teaching archival courses. Boles
received his archival training at Wayne State University, and was
awarded a doctorate in history from the University of Michigan.
College of Information Studies
University of Maryland
4110 Hornbake Bldg
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