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Tuesday, August 6 • 9:00am - 10:15am
803 - Archivists Beware: The Siren Call of Primary Sources

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The research importance of primary sources is undeniable, but the concept's centrality to archival practice is debatable. Is primary resources a legitimate archival concept? This panel, composed of archivists from government, academic, and corporate worlds, asserts that primary sources is not an archival concept by presenting alternative usage-driven perspectives on the term. Do you disagree? Significant time will be allotted for audience discussion.

Paul Lasewicz: Diminishing Returns: The Value of Primary Resources in a Corporate Archives
Leon Miller: The First Archival Meme: Primary Sources and the Search for Archival Identity
Kenneth Thibodeau: Beyond The Boundaries: Expanding the Domain of Archival Science and Practice

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Pam Hackbart-Dean

Director, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Pam Hackbart-Dean is currently the director of the Special Collections Research Center at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She has been a processing archivist and manager of special collections and archives for 30+ years.


Kenneth Thibodeau

Independent Researcher, National Archives and Records Administration (Retired)
Internationally recognized expert on electronic records/digital preservation. Retired from NARA; directed development federal Electronic Records Archives. SAA Fellow; winner of Emmett Leahey Award; lifetime achievement award from US Archivist.
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Paul Lasewicz

Firm Archivist, McKinsey and Company
Archivist for McKinsey & Company. Past Archivist at IBM, Aetna. Board Member of ICA Section on Business Archives; past chair SAA Business Archives Section; past editor of the BAS Newsletter; frequent author and presenter on corporate archives topics.
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Leon Miller

Head of the Louisiana Research Collection, Tulane University
Curator of the Louisiana Research Collection, Tulane University. Archivist, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Past president of the ACA; past Board Member SAA; SAA Fellow.

Tuesday August 6, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am CDT
Grand Salon 1/2, [Level 4]