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Clay tablets to micro chips: The evolution of archival practice into the twenty‐first century

Stephen E. Hannestad (Director, Acquisitions and Systems Management Division at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Article publication date: 1 April 1991

Abstract

In the future, library applications related to traditional functions may increasingly assume some of the roles and characteristics of archives and museums. In this article, the author describes fundamental archival concepts and theories and their evolution in recent times. Basic archival functions—appraisal, arrangement, description, reference, preservation, and publication—are also introduced. Finally, early applications of automation to archives (including SPINDEX, NARS‐5, NARS‐A‐1, MARC AMC, presNET, CTRACK, PHOTO, and DIARY) and automation trends for the future are discussed. The article presents a cogent introduction to archival operations, thereby providing 1) a basis for understanding distinctions between current archival and library practices and 2) insight concerning the possible convergence of selected roles and functions.

Citation

Hannestad, S.E. (1991), "Clay tablets to micro chips: The evolution of archival practice into the twenty‐first century", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 9 No. 4, pp. 75-96. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb047837

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MCB UP Ltd

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