Archivist: Alistair G Tough

Alistair G Tough, MA, MSc, DLitt. Alistair has been Archivist of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde since 1990. He was educated at Robert Gordon’s College, Aberdeen and Aberdeen, Glasgow, London and Northumbria universities.
He was a part-time Senior Lecturer in Information Studies in the University of Glasgow, 2002-18. In 1999 and 2000 he was seconded to the Civil Service Department in Tanzania as an adviser to the Public Sector Reform Programme. He has undertaken Records Management consultancy work in Ethiopia, Malawi, Rwanda and Zambia.
He has held research fellowships at Balliol College, Oxford and the universities of Malawi, Michigan and Stanford.

Selected Publications
Tough, A. and Lihoma, P. ‘Medical record keeping systems in Malawi. Is there a case for hybrid systems and intermediate technologies’, Records Management Journal, 28(2), 2018
Tough, A. ‘Thinking about and working with archives and records. A personal reflection on theory and practice’, Archives & Records, 37(2), 2016
Tough, A. and Tough, Y. ‘Accountability and records appraisal with particular reference to challenges experienced in Malawi’ in Bwalya, K J, Mnjama, N M and Sebina, P M M (eds) Concepts and Advances in Information and Knowledge Management: Studies from Developing and Emerging Economies, Kidlington, 2014
Tough, A. and Lihoma, P. ‘The development of recordkeeping systems in the British Empire and Commonwealth, 1870s – 1960s’, Archives & Manuscripts, 40(3), 2012
Tough, A. Electronic Records Management in Malawi. An introductory workbook, Zomba, 2012
Tough, A. ‘Oral culture, written records …’, Archival Science, 12(3), 2012
Tough, A. ‘Accountability, open government and record keeping. Time to think again?’, Records Management Journal, 21(3), 2011

Rowan Groat, Archives Assistant

Rowan Groat, Archives Assistant. Rowan Groat MA (Hons) History and Philosophy is working in this role for 12 months. Within this role, she also spends some of the week at the University of Glasgow’s Special Collections department where she facilitates research relating to the collections housed there. She has had previous experience volunteering at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow in which she assisted with an English Short Title Cataloguing project, giving her invaluable hands-on experience with rare books and archival material.