Publication Date

January 1985


The biases in the preparation of archivists in this work are much the same as Lawrence McCrank in his "Prospects for Integrating Historical and Information Studies." Like McCrank, this paper assumes the proper direction for archivy is a synthesis between library and historical training. But today that juncture is no longer sufficient, for the techniques of information management must also be added to the mixture. Only at such a nexus can a distinct profession and professional studies in the fullest definitions of those terms emerge. With the onset of the computer age, archivists can simply no longer ignore the methodologies of information management and adequately collect and preserve documentary heritage. The danger for archivists is that they will be bypassed by technology and relegated to antiquarian status--the medieval monks of a post-industrial society.



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