Whether or not you attended the Confidential Records webinar that Chicago Area Religious Archivists hosted on November 10, 2022, you will want to check out this recording of the proceedings. Attendance was excellent and the presenters shared valuable experience, information, and insight with us. CARA expresses our thanks to Russell L. Gasero for his attentive curation of the original Zoom recording which we offer to you in this post of CARA News. We also express our warm appreciation to Jane Kenamore who did the heavy lifting of hosting this exceptionally popular webinar.
Malachy McCarthy, recently retired from the Claretian Archives, moderated the proceedings which included talks by three archivists, followed by a question and answer session. The entire webinar is about one and a half hours long and it is packed with news you can use.
Kathleen E. Murphy has retired from Northwestern University where she was the social science data librarian and manager of the Social and Behavioral Institutional Review Board. She currently volunteers with the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago Archives. Kathleen addresses principles of ethical decision making for those engaged in archival work in her talk, "Ethical Thinking in Archival Work". Her talk references the core values and ethics from the Society of American Archivists and she offers us a process for ethical decision making.
Meg Hall is the director of the Archives & Records Center for the Archdiocese of Chicago. She presents on the important topic of "Access Policies for Catholic Diocesan Archives". These guiding principles can be adapted for religious archives of all kinds. Meg also emphasizes identifying and getting to know the various audiences for your archives.
Russell L. Gasero, a certified archivist emeritus, is archivist emeritus of the Reformed Church of America. Prior to that, he had been an archivist at the United Nations. Russ now owns Wit & Intellect Publishing, LLC. Russ stresses the importance of defining terms and setting policies and discusses why he identifies confidentiality as a key character trait of the archivist. He also unpacks the difference between confidential, private, and sensitive records.
Here is your link to all of this wisdom and more! https://vimeo.com/776827196
|Kathleen L. Murphy gets philosophical, helping us think about the values that inform decisions we make every day.|