ESIS Research Conversations

Archival Interaction and Canadian university archives websites
Monday, 16 October 2017 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
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Hélène Carrier
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The presentation focuses on a doctoral study, the aim of which is to draw an exhaustive portrait of the usefulness of university archives websites in Canada. The methodology reproduces similar studies done in the United States to better understand the Canadian context. This exploratory study comprises two phases: an analysis of 81 Canadian university archives websites and an online survey of history undergraduate students. Both quantitative and qualitative data were collected to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of the content placed on these websites and to evaluate the perceived usefulness of survey respondents towards these elements. The study is based on the Archival Reference Knowledge Framework (ARK), proposed by Duff, Yakel, and Tibbo (2013), and illustrates the expectations of students regarding these websites and the barriers they face when browsing them. The study shows how it is possible to operationalize the ARK framework to assess websites from the perspective of archival literacy.

Bio: Jonathan Dorey is a doctoral candidate in information studies at McGill University in Montréal and a part-time professor here at the University of Ottawa, where he teaches a course on metadata and taxonomies. Jonathan has worked as a translator, archivist, librarian and taxonomy specialist.