On Tuesday November 17, 2015, respected archivist Michael Moir will present a talk “Archives and Privacy within a Culture of Access”:
Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Dalhousie University Archives and Special Collections Reading Room, 5th floor Killam Library.
Archivists, librarians, and curators face increasing pressure to preserve and share the documentary legacy of a generation of Baby Boomers facing retirement, domestic downsizing, and the end of their days. Archives become the means to commemorate their contributions to society, including events that can be quite recent. Such material often contains personal information about third parties who have no awareness that it has entered the public sphere. Those tasked with managing such collections must find a delicate balance between the need for access to pursue knowledge (an activity that lies at the heart of the reasons we preserve archival records), and the ethical concern for the privacy of third parties.
The situation has become more complicated by European court rulings involving Google and the right to be forgotten, and the legal battle over access to interview recordings from the “Belfast Project” that were deposited at Boston College.
This presentation will discuss how a project funded by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries reviewed news media, blogs, scholarly journals and government websites to track changing attitudes toward privacy and recorded information, and how these perspectives can influence practical aspects of stewarding archival holdings in terms of acquisition, description, reference, and outreach through digital initiatives.
Michael Moir is the University Archivist and Head of the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections of York University Libraries. He was the Director of Corporate Records Systems and City Archivist for the newly amalgamated City of Toronto from 1998 to 2004, and has served as an adjunct instructor and guest lecturer at the University of Toronto’s iSchool. His research interests vary from the management of unique research collections, to Canadian shipbuilding during the Great War.
This talk has been organized by the Council of Nova Scotia Archives. All are welcome!