Dr. Cal Lee to present week-long workshop in Morocco

May 17, 2011

Dr. Christopher (Cal) Lee, assistant professor at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, will present a week-long workshop this summer titled, "Archives and Records Management Fundamentals" at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco. 

The workshop will explore the fundamental role and significance of archives and records management (ARM); the nature of records; core archives and records management concepts; archives and records management programs, institutions and profession; primary functions of archives and records management; use and users of archives; legal, policy and ethical issues; and recordkeeping trends.

The workshop is part of the "Educating Librarians in the Middle East: Building Bridges for the 21st Century: ELIME-21" project that was awarded through a grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to Dr. Barbara Moran, Louis Round Wilson Distinguished Professor and Dr. Javed Mostafa, professor at SILS. The grant has allowed SILS, in partnership with the UNC at Chapel Hill's Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilization, to launch a program to promote graduate-level education in library and information science at the Al Akhawayn University in Morocco and the American University in Cairo. In addition, six doctoral students will earn joint degrees from the two UNC programs established by the project. The students will be involved with SILS faculty in providing on-site and distance learning opportunities for students at the two universities. The project is expected to help prepare future U.S. library educators who are knowledgeable about the Middle East, and promote collaboration among libraries in areas such as collection development and cataloging of Arabic-language resources.

About Christopher (Cal) Lee

Christopher (Cal) Lee is Assistant Professor at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He teaches courses on archival administration; records management; digital curation; understanding information technology for managing digital collections; and the construction of policies and rules for digital repositories. He also teaches half-day and full-day professional workshops on the application of digital forensics methods and principles to digital acquisitions. He is one of the lead organizers and instructors for the DigCCurr Professional Institute, which is a week-long continuing education workshop on digital curation.

Cal’s primary area of research is the long-term curation of digital collections.  He is particularly interested in the professionalization of this work and the diffusion of existing tools and methods (e.g. digital forensics, web archiving, automated implementation of policies) into professional practice. Cal edited and provided several chapters to a forthcoming book entitled, I, Digital: Personal Collections in the Digital Era to be published by the Society of American Archivists.