Friday 10 September 2010

CAIS Study School, Sept 10 - Days 3, 4 & 5

We're heading towards the end of the Study School now after four days of fascinating sessions. Yesterday Jan Merchant of Perth and Kinross Council Archive spoke to the students about access to archival collections, Susan Mansfield of the Scottish Parliamentary Information Centre examined strategic management issues and Philippa Sterlini and Vanessa Charles of the University of Dundee introduced the students to the preservation and conservation of records and techniques for disaster preparedness and management. The day concluded with a session from Craig Fees on audiovisual records and one from Philip Lord on digital preservation.

Today's sessions have included a debate on whether the recordkeeping professions are being marginalised by developments in technology and a session on the impact of information legislation on recordkeepers. Linda Bankier and Sue Wood from Northumberland Archives and Rachel Hart of the University of St Andrews are leading a workshop this afternoon on palaeography, diplomatic and different types of archive sources and records. The day finishes with the annual CAIS Study School Seminar. This year the distinguished guest is George MacKenzie, the Keeper of the Records of Scotland.

Tomorrow the students have sessions on professional ethics and final preparation for their courses starting on Monday 20 September. It has been a very full week, but a very enjoyable one with valuable and thought provoking contributions from all the students, visiting tutors and speakers and the CAIS staff.

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