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Highlighting the archives perspective in the personal digital archiving discussion

Amber L. Cushing (School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Article publication date: 15 June 2010

Abstract

Purpose

The topic of personal archives has mainly been discussed by two research traditions in information science: archives and records management, and personal information management. The purpose of this paper is to compare a corpus of the archival literature written by the archival community with the concepts and challenges posed by Catherine Marshall, who exemplifies the personal information management approach. Many of the personal digital archiving challenges that Marshall identifies are related to discussions within the archival community.

Design/methodology/approach

In order to demonstrate the similarities between Marshall's work with the archival discussion about personal archiving, Marshall's challenges, tasks and attributes of personal digital archiving were compared with a total of 33 articles from two library and information science databases.

Findings

Many of the personal digital archiving challenges that Marshall identifies are related to discussions in the archival community. The author suggests that certain aspects of the archival literature may be utilized to address Marshall's identified challenges. Lastly, future collaborations between members of the archival community and members of the personal information management community may prove useful in addressing the challenges of personal digital archiving

Originality/value

The paper demonstrates that two areas of information science share ideas about how to address the issues related to personal archives, but rarely consult one another when writing about personal digital archiving. The author highlights the archives and records management tradition in an attempt to introduce the literature to the broader discussion on personal digital archives being had by the personal information management tradition.

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Citation

Cushing, A.L. (2010), "Highlighting the archives perspective in the personal digital archiving discussion", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 28 No. 2, pp. 301-312. https://doi.org/10.1108/07378831011047695

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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