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- William Maher
- My research interests center on programs for cultural archives in institutions of higher education and policy issues in the management of archives. Building on the experience of the University of Illinois Archives in providing a model for the selection, preservation, and use of the records of professional associations, I have focused on academic archives and the use of archival service agreements for the management of association archives and continue to receive requests on these topics. In addition, I have a developing interest in intellectual property law and the rights of librarians, archivists, and users, especially in the historical context of United States copyright law.
Representative research papers include:
- "Ten Things Every Archivist Needs to Know About Copyright" 2011
- "Stepping out from the Shadows: Is Impartial Decision-making in Archives a Myth?" Prague, Czech Republic, September 30, 2010
- "Copyright Chronology, 2008" for SAA August, 2010 Workshop
- "Perspectives on the Profession of University Archives" New England Archivists, Fall Meeting 2007
- "“Freedom of Information Laws in the University Environment: A Challenge to the Archival Mission?” 2006
- "Heritage Under Lock, but No Key: The Troubled Status of Unpublished Works in Digital Archives Projects" October 14, 2005
- "Copyright Concerns of Archivists and
Special Collections Librarians: The Problem of 'Orphan Works'
- International Copyright Issues for
- Report of 1790-1800 Copyright Registrations Found to be "Old Works" in re their state copyright status, research completed 2005
- Copyright Term, Retrospective Extension, and the Copyright Law of 1790 in Historical Context (2002)
- Fundamentals of Archival Theory and Practice for Law Librarians (2001)
- The Future of College and University Archives (2000)
- Chaos and the Nature of Archival Systems (1992)
- Chris Prom (vitae, PDF)
- My research interests include the description of archives and manuscripts in an electronic environment, including usability/user interactions with finding aids and digital resources. I am currently working on a project to measure and understand use of archival information with the assitance of Google's webmaster tools and Google Analytics. I also maintain ongoing interests in British labor and economic history. Representative research papers include:
"Archon: Facilitating Access to Special Collections" Presented at RBMS Preconference, June 25, 2008. (Powerpoint, ~3.6 MB)
- "Improving On-line Archival Access: Preliminary Results from a Case Study." Presented at Midwest Archives Conference, April 19, 2008. (Powerpoint, ~2.7MB)
- "Improving the User’s Experience through Web Analytics." Presented at Society of American Archivists Research Forum, August 28, 2007. Powerpoint, ~1.3MB)
- "Understanding On-line Archival Use through Web Analytics." Presented at ICA/SUV Seminar, August 14, 2007, Dundee Scotland. (PDF, ~900KB
- "Optimum Access? Processing in College and University Archives," in College and University Archives: Readings in Theory and Practice, eds. Christopher J. Prom and Ellen D. Swain (Chicago: Society of American Archivists Press: 255-284. Early draft available here.
- "A Unified Platform for Archival Description and Access," With Chris Rishel, Scott Schwartz, Kyle Fox. JCDL 2007 Proceedings. (Also available through ACM ; Powerpoint)
- "From the College Democrats to the Falling Illini: Identifying, Appraising, and Capturing Student Organization Web Sites," with Ellen Swain. Published, requires authentication, American Archivist
- User Interactions with Electronic Finding Aids in a Controlled Setting. Published, American Archivist
- University Archives Workflow Analysis (Working Paper/PDF)
- The EAD Cookbook: A Survey and Usability Study.
- Does EAD Play Well with Other Metadata Standards? Published, Journal of Archival Organization
- Reengineering Archival Access Through the OAI Protocols. Published, Library High Tech
- Ellen Swain (vitae)