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Accountability in archival science

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dc.contributor.author Parkinson, Jane
dc.date.accessioned 2008-09-10T21:26:55Z
dc.date.available 2008-09-10T21:26:55Z
dc.date.copyright 1993 en
dc.date.issued 2008-09-10T21:26:55Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2429/1807
dc.description.abstract Laws proclaiming freedom of information have been introduced in many countries in the past twenty years, creating familiarity with the idea that governments can achieve accountability by providing public access to current records. Some archivists hold the view that the preservation and accessibility of non-current records in archival repositories is similarly related to the principle of accountability; however this idea is not widely diffused and even less accepted, primarily because the concept of accountability is imprecise and has not been integrated into archival theory. This thesis analyses the concept of accountability and demonstrates its relevance in the context of archival science. It provides an explanation of the relationship between accountability and record keeping, which is found in an agent's obligation to create, preserve and provide access to records in order to account to the source of authority for the actions documented by the records. Also, it shows the connection between the concept of accountability and other administrative, legal, political and ethical values, a connection which is found in the complex and sometimes abstract social relationships that involve delegation of authority. Then, the thesis proceeds to examine the appearance of the concept of accountability in archival literature on issues of preservation, ownership, accessibility and management of records, and analyses it in relation to archival as well as administrative, political or legal concerns. Finally, the accountability owed by archivists is examined, through analysis of the claims made by repositories, users and the archival profession for authority over archives and theircare. The thesis proposes that recognition of the importance for archives of meeting accountability obligations depends on the general understanding of records as evidence of actions, and acknowledgement of an organizational and public interest in their preservation. en
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dc.language.iso eng en
dc.relation.ispartof Retrospective Theses and Dissertations, 1919-2007 en
dc.relation.ispartofseries UBC Retrospective Theses Digitization Project [http://www.library.ubc.ca/archives/retro_theses/]
dc.title Accountability in archival science en
dc.type Text
dc.degree.name Master of Library Information Studies - MLIS en
dc.degree.discipline Archival Studies and Library Information Studies en
dc.degree.grantor University of British Columbia
dc.date.graduation 1993-05 en
dc.type.text Thesis/Dissertation en
dc.description.affiliation Arts, Faculty of en
dc.degree.campus UBCV en
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en

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