Tamsen Hert

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Fall 2012


In 1985 Lawrence McCrank's article, "Historians in the Information Professions: Problems in Education and Credentials" was published in The Public Historian. While this work is dated, it continues to address current issues. McCrank points out three areas that public historians should consider: "1) government service, planning, and public administration; 2) historic preservation, museum work, and local and regional studies; and 3) information services such as librarianship, records management, information science, and information systems management." The essay by James Bailey addresses his experience in the government sector and I will touch on the 3d.

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WHA Newsletter: Public History and the West, A Special Edition


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