Audio: Interview with Terry Cook on the Importance of History, and the neglect of Library and Archives Canada
Terry Cook received a Ph.D. in Canadian History from Queen’s University, 1977. From 1975 to 1998, he worked at the then Public, later National, Archives of Canada, leaving as the senior manager responsible for directing the appraisal and records disposition program for all media. In his long and distinguished career there, he was responsible for the development of policies and methodologies which dramatically altered the national archival system.
In 1998, he founded Clio Consulting Inc., and since then has worked for national, municipal, and academic archives, as well as archival associations, around the world. He also took on the position of Associate Professor for the Archival Studies Program in the Department of History at the University of Manitoba.
He has authored over 80 articles which have been published in Archivaria (two of his contributions being awarded the W. Kay Lamb Prize) and other leading archival journals. He is the author of The Archival Appraisal of Records Containing Personal Information: A RAMP Study With Guidelines (1991) and co-editor of Imagining Archives: Essays and Reflections by Hugh A. Taylor (2003).
He has also contributed to the archival community greatly in his editing of scholarly journals and his participation in various professional associations.
We met recently in Ottawa to discuss the cuts to, and neglect of, Library and Archives Canada. Among other things we talk about the challenges facing all libraries and archives, conflicting mandates, the differences between born and made digital material, the importance of source documents, and the current absence of any ‘real’ exhibition programming at LAC.