CANCELLED SCA Annual Lecture: The Value of Evidence in a ‘Post-Truth’ World

Acclaimed Canadian author and archives and information management specialist Laura Millar will deliver the 2020 Scottish Council on Archives Annual Lecture.

Drawing from her 2019 book A Matter of Facts: The Value of Evidence in an Information Age, Laura will make the case that authentic and accurate records, archives, data and other sources of documentary proof are crucial in supporting and fostering a society that is respectful, democratic, and self-aware.

As Laura will argue, 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 ‘alternative facts‘ can be so easily accepted as valid. And because facts matter, evidence matters.

You can read Laura’s blog piece on Records Management here.


Laura Millar is an independent consultant in records, archives and information management. Over three decades, she has worked with governments, universities, colleges, professional associations, non-profit organizations, and other agencies around the world. She is the author of dozens of publications and conference presentations and has taught records and archives management in several universities in Canada and internationally.

In 2011, Laura was named the winner of the Society of American Archivists’ 2011 Waldo Gifford Leland Award for her textbook Archives: Principles and Practices. She is also a Fellow of the Association of Canadian Archivists and an Honorary Senior Research Associate at University College London. Laura is often asked to speak on the value of records, archives and other sources of evidence for society.

She lives on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada.

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Please register via Eventbrite here; SCA Members £10/General Admission £12

Please join us for a glass of wine from 18:00 in the Storytelling Centre Courtyard before the talk.