Symposium Countdown Day 04!
We are counting down the days until the symposium by promoting the abstracts of the presentations that will be given during the event on Friday February 13th, 2015!
Richard Cox, Professor in Library and Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Information Sciences, will be presenting from 2:45 pm to 3:15 pm:
Symposium Title: “Graduate Archival Education in the United States: A Personal Reflection”
Symposium Abstract: From one vantage, those who started their careers decades ago, graduate archival education has made tremendous leaps forward; from another perspective, those in the early years of their careers, education in our field may look spotty, disjointed, and confusing. As I near the end of my career (although old archivists don’t fade away, they get preserved), I have felt increasingly like an archival source in ongoing professional dialogue. Thus, in this presentation, I briefly consider the evolution of graduate education since the 1970s, the emergence of a new archival professorial corps, the maturing of our field’s professional and scholarly research, and the present characteristics of the archival academy. In this, I reflect as a transitional member of the academy, one who moved from practice to professing, and speculate about what the new generation of archival faculty – younger, less experienced, better educated, and research-driven, face in the next four decades. Examining current trends leads me to speculate about what graduate archival education will look like in 2050 (when I am part of archival memory), and what I have to say is not what I am wishing for but what will likely occur.
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