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Fostering Archival Connections

Christopher Prom, Ph.D.
2017 Society of Indiana Archivists Fall Workshop

Friday, October 20, 9–10 a.m., IT 252


Fostering Archival Connections, a five-year digital archives research project led by Chris Prom and supported by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, seeks to:

  • Evaluate, test, and implement the wide range of methods, data models, and tools that can help archivists and librarians with archival acquisition, arrangement, description, and access for born-digital materials.
  • Foster collaborative research by archivists, functional experts, subject librarians, and teaching faculty at the University of Illinois, to inform the design and implementation of these emergent tools.
  • Increase collaboration and sharing between the many external standards groups and technology development projects seeking to cope with the advent of cloud-based archival materials and records.

About Christopher Prom

Dr. Prom is the Andrew S. G. Turyn professor and assistant university archivist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Over the past 16 years, he has led many initiatives to make archival materials at the university more accessible and usable and to help his colleagues at other archives and libraries to do likewise.

His research describes how archival users seek information relevant to their needs and assesses methods that archivists can use to better meet those needs. He has written extensively on these topics, including the 2011 influential technical report, “Preserving Email.” He also helped initiate the Society of American Archivists’ Trends in Archives Practice Series and is the co-editor of the five volumes published to date.

Chris is publications editor and chair of the Publications Board for the Society of American Archivists  was inducted as a Fellow of the Society in 2010. He holds an Honors Bachelor of Arts in history and Philosophy and a Master of Arts in history from Marquette University, as well as a Ph.D. in British history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also studied at the University of York in the United Kingdom.