Archivist, writer, editor and speaker Laura Millar is an independent consultant in records, archives, and information management and has also worked in publishing and distance education. She has consulted with governments, universities, colleges, professional associations, non-profit organizations, and other agencies around the world. Her work has ranged from advising governments from Canada to Hong Kong to Trinidad on best practices in records and archives management to consulting with First Nations’ communities on the preservation of indigenous sources of evidence. She is the author of dozens of publications and conference presentations, and she has taught records and archives management in several universities in Canada and internationally. In 2011, she received the Society of American Archivists’ Waldo Gifford Leland Award for Archives: Principles and Practices, and she was awarded the Association of Canadian Archivists’ W. Kaye Lamb prize twice, in 2003 and 2015. She lives with her husband in the community of Roberts Creek, on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada.
Her latest book, A Matter of Facts: The Value of Evidence in an Information Age, was published in July. Described as an “urgent manifesto” and “an eye-opening treatise for the general public,” the book makes the case that authentic and accurate evidence is crucial in supporting and fostering a society that is respectful, democratic, and self-aware. Also an invaluable resource for archives students, the book explains the concept of evidence and discusses the ways in which records, archives, and data are not just useful tools for our daily existence but also essential sources of evidence both today and in the future.
Millar will be giving a talk for archives and Master’s students from 12 to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, September 17 in BL 417:
Building Capacity, Building Relationships: The ICA New Professionals Programme
As a member of the Programme Commission for the International Council on Archives, Dr. Laura Millar will discuss the work of the ICA, particularly the New Professionals Programme, which aims to engage with and help support future leaders in the archives and records management profession. Every year, the New Professionals Programme provides funding for a small cohort of New Professionals to participate in the annual ICA conference. As well, these New Professionals are paired with a Mentor for the year, with the goal of providing the New Professional with professional advice and guidance from a seasoned practitioner. Laura will outline the New Professionals programme and answer questions about the initiative or about the ICA as a whole.
ICA’s 2020 Conference will be in Abu Dhabi — come to hear how you can apply to be a New Professional in 2020-2021 and engage with a dynamic group of colleagues from around the world!
Her public talk will be from 5:00-6:30pm also on Tuesday, September 17 in BL 417:
Truth Matters. Facts Matter. Evidence Matters More
The safeguarding of authentic facts is essential, especially in this disruptive Orwellian age, where digital technologies have opened the door to a “post-truth” world in which half-truths, lies, and deception are all too easily accepted without question. Truth matters, and facts matter, but evidence matters more. In a talk based on her new book, A Matter of Facts: The Value of Evidence in an Information Age, Laura Millar will argue that truth isn’t truth, that “alternative facts” must not be allowed to stand as proof, and that authentic and trustworthy evidence — records, archives, data, and other sources of documentary proof — are crucial in supporting and fostering a society that is accountable, respectful, democratic, and self-aware.
The Millar talks are part of a series of visits by prominent archivists to the Faculty of Information, all taking place in September. Details on the Jarrett Drake visit are here and on the Verne Harris visit here.