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34th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2008

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Symposium #542
CE Offered: BACB
The Present Will Pass: Preserving Your Work for the Future
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
10:30 AM–11:50 AM
Area: EDC; Domain: Theory
Chair: Abigail B. Calkin (Calkin Consulting Center)
CE Instructor: Abigail B. Calkin, Ph.D.

Everyone leaves a body of work that can be helpful to future researchers. Beginning with an analysis of the work of Tom Gilbert, his Performance Matrix, its relevance to an ideal archive, and the contributions of library science, this presentation looks in detail at the strategic and tactical processes of organizing the archives of Gilbert, Barrett, and Lindsley. Additional examples and helpful hints come from a professional archivist from the Archives of the History of Psychology. It is the intent of these presentations to offer advice and direction to those interested in preserving their work and the work of others.

Tom Gilbert's Performance Engineering.
MARILYN B. GILBERT (Performance Engineering Group)
Abstract: Using Tom Gilbert’s published and non-published work, Gilbert will trace the development of Performance Engineering from 1962, with the publication of the article “Dimensions of the Free Operant” and the two issues of the Journal of Mathetics, to Gilbert’s Human Competence and later publications and writings.
Bea Barrett's Archives: Theoretical and Practical Applications Using Information Science and Gilbert's Performance Matrix.
YUKA KOREMURA (University of North Texas)
Abstract: Framed in the notion of the ideal library, Koremura will show the application of library science and Gilbert’s Performance Matrix. This presentation will show the underpinnings of Gilbert’s theory and the practical applications used to create a digital library for Beatrice Barrett’s human free operant research.
Og Lindsley's Archival Collection.
ABIGAIL B. CALKIN (Calkin Consulting Center)
Abstract: Calkin, chair of Og’s Archive Committee, will give an overview of what Lindsley wanted, why the plan needed to change, and what she has learned from books, professional archivists, and practice. She will also discuss the difference between private and organizational collections. The presentation will include an overview and the practical application of how the committee is reviewing his collection and what the committee has done and will do with the Lindsley papers.
Archives of the History of American Psychology.
SHARON OCHSENHIRT (Archives of the History of American Psychology)
Abstract: This will be an introduction to and overview of the professional psychology archives and the U.S. archival repository in Akron, Ohio. Ochsenhirt, a professional archivist, will provide some examples from the Akron Archives.



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