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Är registratorn även arkivarie? : En yrkesroll i förändring

Nordin, Magnus LU and Persson, Lina LU (2015) ABMM34 20151
Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences
Division of ALM
Abstract
The aim of this master’s thesis is to examine the registrar’s role within the organization, their relation to the archival profession and their professional status. As the title suggests, the question is raised whether registrars also could be considered archivists. The underlying background that brought this question forward is the notion that the information management within Swedish government agencies is changing, which effects not only the archival profession, but also registrars; a professional group which is pivotal for the management of information in Sweden. Although registrars are essential, they have not been the focal point for Swedish research in neither archival nor information science.

Using semistructured interviews,... (More)
The aim of this master’s thesis is to examine the registrar’s role within the organization, their relation to the archival profession and their professional status. As the title suggests, the question is raised whether registrars also could be considered archivists. The underlying background that brought this question forward is the notion that the information management within Swedish government agencies is changing, which effects not only the archival profession, but also registrars; a professional group which is pivotal for the management of information in Sweden. Although registrars are essential, they have not been the focal point for Swedish research in neither archival nor information science.

Using semistructured interviews, nine registrars working in government agencies in southern Sweden were interviewed. In addition, a second source material was used in the form of the book I handlingarnas centrum – registratorer berättar, containing occupational memories from registrars in Sweden. The theoretical framework is mainly based on Andrew Abbott’s the System of professions and his thoughts on jurisidiction. The theory is applied when analysing the material to assess registrar’s informal claims of jurisdiction by focusing on the workplace arena. Furthermore, a profession is interpreted by utilizing Thomas Brante’s defintion.

The results show that registrar’s role within the organization, and in government agencies overall, is indeed changing to fit the needs brought forward by digitisation. There are apparent similarities but also demarcations between registrars and archivists, which indicates a fragmentary divison of responsibilities and the actual work. Furthermore, the results substantiates conclusions from recent literature that registrars are occupying more strategic positions within the organization.

The final discussion highlights that there is an apparent division of intellectual and practical jurisdiction between registrars and archivists, where registrars hold the latter. However, a potential development is identified where registrars are permitted to make claims on the archival professions jurisdiction, thus effecting them both in their role within the organization. The most important conclusion suggests that registrars and their work should be included at a higher degree in the archival science and education, in order to strengthen their professional status. (Less)
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  abstract     = {The aim of this master’s thesis is to examine the registrar’s role within the organization, their relation to the archival profession and their professional status. As the title suggests, the question is raised whether registrars also could be considered archivists. The underlying background that brought this question forward is the notion that the information management within Swedish government agencies is changing, which effects not only the archival profession, but also registrars; a professional group which is pivotal for the management of information in Sweden. Although registrars are essential, they have not been the focal point for Swedish research in neither archival nor information science.

Using semistructured interviews, nine registrars working in government agencies in southern Sweden were interviewed. In addition, a second source material was used in the form of the book I handlingarnas centrum – registratorer berättar, containing occupational memories from registrars in Sweden. The theoretical framework is mainly based on Andrew Abbott’s the System of professions and his thoughts on jurisidiction. The theory is applied when analysing the material to assess registrar’s informal claims of jurisdiction by focusing on the workplace arena. Furthermore, a profession is interpreted by utilizing Thomas Brante’s defintion.

The results show that registrar’s role within the organization, and in government agencies overall, is indeed changing to fit the needs brought forward by digitisation. There are apparent similarities but also demarcations between registrars and archivists, which indicates a fragmentary divison of responsibilities and the actual work. Furthermore, the results substantiates conclusions from recent literature that registrars are occupying more strategic positions within the organization.

The final discussion highlights that there is an apparent division of intellectual and practical jurisdiction between registrars and archivists, where registrars hold the latter. However, a potential development is identified where registrars are permitted to make claims on the archival professions jurisdiction, thus effecting them both in their role within the organization. The most important conclusion suggests that registrars and their work should be included at a higher degree in the archival science and education, in order to strengthen their professional status.},
  author       = {Nordin, Magnus and Persson, Lina},
  keyword      = {archival science,registrars,archivists,records managers,Abbott,Brante,theory of professions,professional studies,professional status,professional development,jurisdiction,arkivvetenskap,registratorer,arkivarier,professionsteori,professionsforskning,professionell status,professionell utveckling,jurisdiktion},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Är registratorn även arkivarie? : En yrkesroll i förändring},
  year         = {2015},
}