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ASU is in a league of its own in many ways, but even more so now. It's the first university to receive the J. Franklin Jameson Award for Archival Advocacy, a distinction that has previously been reserved to distinguished individuals, organizations such as the Mellon Foundation and corporations like Kraft, Newsday, and Hudson's Bay Company.
The award recognizes the work of ASU's Electronic College and University Records (ECURE) conference (www.asu.edu/ecure).
"ECURE attracts information professionals from many fields, not just archivists, because all these groups bring value to the discussion of electronic records selection and retention," says Robert Spindler, university archivist and co-chair of the conference.
ECURE has also become a forum where research that is under way, such as Cornell's Project PRISM on Web site preservation, can be presented for feedback from the assembled group.
"Through ECURE, ASU has facilitated the development of truly interdisciplinary problem-solving teams at universities across the country," according to the citation for the award.
It is the intersection of technology, policy and human factors that make records preservation and memory possible. "ECURE address all these dimensions of information management," says Spindler. "The technologies discussed at ECURE have wide applicability. The results will be shared with the corporate and government sectors, with the hope that ultimately the efficiency of all organizations will be improved."
Dean Sherrie Schmidt, university librarian, accepted the award on behalf of ASU at the Society of American Archivists national meeting on August 22nd.