Richard J. Cox is an Associate Professor in Library and Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Information Sciences where he is responsible for the archives concentration in the MLIS degree. As an educator of future archivists and records managers, Dr. Cox has worked to integrate electronic records management into all of the courses in the archives specialization and he has revamped the focus of the program to stress expertise on records and recordkeeping systems. Prior to his current position he worked at the New York State Archives and Records Administration, Alabama Department of Archives and History, the City of Baltimore, and the Maryland Historical Society. He chaired the Society of American Archivists (SAA) committee that drafted new graduate archival education guidelines adopted by its Council in 1988, served for four years as a member of that association's Committee on Education and Professional Development, and was a member of the Society's governing Council from 1986 through 1989. Dr. Cox served as Editor of the American Archivist from 1991 through 1995.
He has written extensively on archival and records management professional issues, publishing articles in such journals as the American Archivist, Provenance, Midwestern Archivist (now Archival Issues), Archivaria, Journal of Library History, Cultures and Libraries, Journal of Library Administration, Public Historian, Library and Archival Security, RQ, Records Management Journal, Records Management Quarterly, and the ASIS Proceedings. He was also principal author of a major evaluation of Alabama's historical records, Assessing Alabama's Archives (1985), and a self-study guide for New York's historical records programs, Strengthening New York's Historical Records Programs (1988), winner of the Arline Custer Memorial Award given by the Mid-Atlantic Region Archives Conference for publishing excellence in the field of archival administration. Dr. Cox also won the Custer Award in 1979. He has published four books on archival topics: American Archival Analysis: The Recent Development of the Archival Profession in the United States (1990) -- winner of the Waldo Gifford Leland Award given by the Society of American Archivists; Managing Institutional Archives: Foundational Principles and Practices (1992); The First Generation of Electronic Records Archivists in the United States: A Study in Professionalization (1994); and Documenting Localities (1996).
Most of his recent writing has emanated from his work as Co-Principal Investigator of the University of Pittsburgh Recordkeeping Functional Requirements project from 1993-1996 and his new role as Co-Director of the Center for Electronic Recordkeeping and Archival Research (CERAR). For additional information about Dr. Cox, please consult his home page on the World Wide Web at http://www.lis.pitt.edu/~rjc.
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16 June 1997