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1 An archives and records management research network (ARMReN) for the UK Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Dr Elizabeth Shepherd School of Library, Archive and Information Studies University College London

2 Archives and Records Management Research Network (ARMReN) What is ARMReN for? help develop research in the discipline of archives and records management link academics in archives and records management with researchers who use archives and professionals who manage records collect and disseminate information about research foster the development of new academic researchers in the discipline act as a central point for the exchange of ideas encourage new collaborative partnerships (UK, Europe, internationally)

3 Archives and Records Management Research Network (ARMReN) What is ARMReN doing? created a website, including information resources: organised three one-day research workshops: Appraisal and collecting; Description; Access and impact run a short series of ‘Archives and History’ seminars at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London disseminate results through conference papers and a journal article

4 The role of research builds theories and models as frameworks for practice develops knowledge base, understanding of profession’s ethos and societal role promotes critical enquiry and analysis, allows sophisticated articulation of concepts facilitates standardisation, planning & evaluation examines policy development & execution practitioner research

5 Practice versus research Terry Cook (University of Manitoba, Canada): discipline v profession theory v practice education v training new digital recordkeeping approaches v traditional cultural heritage priorities Sarah McNicol quoting Booth: ‘research-practice gap’

6 Framework for sustainability in research A shared understanding Setting strategic research priorities Funding streams Critical mass Research collaboration Identifying gaps and building depth Improved dissemination

7 An archives and records management research network (ARMReN) for the UK See the web site at: Dr Elizabeth Shepherd


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