Emerging Trends in Archival Science provides readers with an excellent overview of the variety and scope of current scholarly thinking in archival science. A new generation of thinkers is making the case for the importance of archives for addressing grand societal challenges such as peace and security, human rights, and adaptation to technological change in the information society. These emergent archival scholars are bringing fresh insights about the nature of the archival endeavor and the role of archives in preserving evidence of an increasingly complex and diverse society. They are thinking about how people create, manage, and interact with records and how the next generation of archivists can best be equipped to handle the recordkeeping challenges of the twenty-first century.
About the Author
Karen F. Gracy is an associate professor in the School of Information at Kent State University. Her scholarly interests span cultural heritage stewardship, which encompasses preservation and conservation processes and practices; digital curation activities that consider the roles of heritage professionals and users in the lifecycle of objects and records; and knowledge representation activities such as definitions of knowledge domains, development of standards for description, and application of new technologies to improve access to cultural heritage objects.