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The 20 essays in this volume resulted from an important international conference held in 2003 at the Liverpool University Centre for Archive Studies in the United Kingdom. The contributors come from a breadth of disciplines (history, archives, the law, social and anthropological sciences) and from a wide-ranging geographical area (Australia, Asia, Europe, Africa and North America). Topics include use of records as a tool of government; destruction of records as a political act; effects of corruption or ideology on the record; secrecy and accountability; and the nature and use of records resulting from repressive policies.
"This book . . . should be compulsory reading for any information professional who might occasionally be troubled by the inner whisperings of their values and political beliefs."
--ADRIAN CUNNINGHAM, Australian Academic & Research Libraries (June 2007)
"This is one of the few texts in our field which really makes you think deeply about the issues underlying our work and reminds us of why we are obliged to take archives and records very seriously indeed."
-Archives, Journal of the British Society of Archivists (2007)
"Each of the essays in this book is a compelling case study demonstrating how to cope with both the powers of the record and the political pressure by governmental and non-governmental powers in any society. Reading this bookand discussing the issues will strengthen the moral sensitivity and professional ethos of every archivist and recordkeeping professional."
--ERIC KETELAAR, Professor of Archivistics, University of Amsterdam, and Honorary Professor, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia