Theory and Practice
Caroline Williams’ article sparked off a lively debate at the latest Cardigan Continuum meeting. Questions raised included that old chestnut ‘what is theory’ as well as many others such as ‘are archivists of a more theoretical bent than records managers?’ Some felt they were, but then the records managers amongst us started speaking of retention schedules as a form of theory so I am not so sure. The conversation also ranged over the role of the educator in teaching theory and the value of theory, which was felt to be an good explanatory tool, as well as a resource in helping to make sense of uncertain situations.
All this talk of theory and practice brought us onto MoReq 2010, which a number of us saw as a good example of a standard which was both theoretically grounded as well as practice orientated. As a result we have decided that the next ‘text’ for discussion will not be a written one, but the first episode in the podcast series Musing over MoReq 2010. In this podcast Jon Garde, the author of the MoReq 2010 specification, discusses some of the assumptions underlying it.
And so, the date for your diary is Monday 13th February at 6.30pm. We will meet once again in the Marquis of Granby, which seems to be becoming our regular haunt and will remain so until we can come up with a different venue we like more. Suggestions are welcome below along with the usual comments.