Spies in the archives, archives in spy novels

Bryan Corbett, webmaster of ICA, recommends this article to SLA members:
‘Of Plots, Secrets, Burrowers and Moles: Archives in Espionage Fiction’,
in Archivaria, issue number 9. Here’s how to access it:
Visit http://journals.sfu.ca/archivar/index.php/archivaria/issue/archive, scroll down through the issues, click on Archivaria 9, and then click on TABLE OF CONTENTS, and click on PDF.

This is what the abstract says:

RÉSUMÉ
L’on fait de plus en plus référence dans certains romans d’espionnage aux archives et aux archivistes. Cela n’est pas du tout étonnant si l’on songe au rôle que joue l’archiviste dans les domaines public et privé, en tant que « gardien » des dossiers. L’information, c’est le pouvoir. L’archiviste doit accepter qu’il lui faille grader sous son entier contrôle les dossiers fermés et pour consultation restreinte. L’auteur analyse donc ce fait de l’émergence de l’archiviste dans le roman d’espionnage et émet l’opinion qu’on met ainsi le doigt sur une lacune de la profession.

ABSTRACT
Increasingly, reference is made to archives and archivists in spy novels. This comes as no surprise as archives and archivists are the “keepers” of the files. Information is power. Archivists must accept the fact that they must keep under their complete control any closed restricted access files. The author analyzes the emergence of the archivist in spy novels and believes that this is somewhat lacking in the profession.

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