This website is intended for my students, although, being public, it provides information about my background and my work to anyone who is interested. I see it as an instrument for establishing and keeping a closer contact with my students than would exist simply through teaching, supervising and advising, and I will be maintaining it while away at conferences and meetings, doing research, or on sabbatical. I also regard this site as a means of showing my students the complexity of the archival profession, its many facets, involvements, alliances, and its impact on culture, social and political issues, and the life of individuals. Because it serves these primary purposes, the site has a restricted area, which allows me to post material of any kind directed exclusively to my students and allows them to discuss the posted materials and communicate with me about any subject relevant to them.
I have been involved with the archival field since 1973, and I have been a professor in the archival program at the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at UBC since 1987.
I teach in the areas of diplomatics, records appraisal for selection and acquisition, and preservation of digital records at the master’s level, and advanced archival theory at the doctoral level. I also supervise master’s and doctoral students in the completion of their theses and directed study and research projects, as well as several students participating as Graduate Research Assistants in the research projects that I direct or to which I contribute as a co-investigator. As students preparing to enter the archival profession, you are assuming a responsibility in your education to learn, in the best way possible, the theoretical foundations that will provide you with a firm footing that you will apply in practice after you graduate. I assume the responsibility to help provide that foundation and guide your learning, and want to encourage your participation in any and all ways. Your efforts while in this program - the thoughts and ideas you contribute - are very important in helping you to establish the necessary groundwork and ultimately contribute to promoting and sustaining a healthy archival profession.
In addition to teaching, I carry out numerous scholarly, professional, and knowledge dissemination activities, including participation in national and international conferences and committees; delivery of public talks in events open to non-specialized audiences and invited lectures in several universities; and publication in the areas of archival science and history and diplomatics. Since 1998, I have been the Director of InterPARES, a multi-national and multi-disciplinary research project studying the long-term preservation of authentic electronic records.
Like all university professors, I take up several administrative responsibilities of various kinds, as requested and as needed, within my School, the Faculty of Arts and the University as a whole.
Everything I do in my work has an impact on your future, my students, and, as a consequence, on the archival profession. This is why it is important to me to have a way, through this site, to get feedback, suggestions and inspiration from you in a more structured and less intimidating way than through face-to-face discussions or personal e-mails and phone calls. It is especially important considering that my numerous activities necessarily limit my physical presence at the School. However, those among you who do wish to have a more personal interaction regarding a specific issue can contact me by e-mail at email@example.com, or by phone at +1-604-822-2587, or can walk into my office when I am there.