International Archives and Archivists Weekly News Roundup – October 30, 2015

Our weekly roundup of archives-related news from around the globe

  • Head of Ukrainian Library in Moscow Arrested After Totally Routine Armed Police Library Raid, The Slate, Oct. 29, 2015

Upcoming Conferences, Events, and Workshops

  • IPRES 2015 Lisa Nakamura and Pam Samuelson Keynotes Will be Live streamed.
  • We are pleased to announce that both IPRES 2015 keynote addresses will be live streamed. At 9:00 – 10:00 (14:00-15:00 GMT) AM EST on Wednesday, November 4th we will stream Lisa Nakamura’s presentation entitled “The Digital Afterlives of This Bridge Called My Back: Public Feminism and Open Access. On Thursday, November 5th at 9:00 – 10:AM (14:00-15:00 GMT) EST Pam Samuelson will speak on “Mass Digitization of Cultural Heritage: Can Copyright Obstacles Be Overcome?” To tune in, visit: .

Recent Publications and Resources of Interest

  • A new issue of the PERICLES FP7 project newsletter is out:
  • Find out more about our latest evaluation campaign, domain ontologies and the series of new videos presenting key ideas within PERICLES. PERICLES is a four-year Project (2013-2017) funded by the European Union which aims to address the challenge of ensuring that digital content remains accessible in an environment that is subject to continual change.
  • Swenson, Astrid: The Rise of Heritage. Preserving the Past in France,
    Germany and England, 1789-1946. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
    2013. Review by Aleida Assman, H Soz-Kult, Oct. 28, 2015 (in German).

International Archives and Archivists Weekly News Roundup – October 23, 2015

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  • Namibia: “Stories that were lost, but never died,” on the doctoral dissertation about ‘Record keeping and Missing “Native Estate” Records in Namibia’ by Ellen Namhila, the head of the library of the University of Namibia (Unam), The Namibian, Oct. 15.
  • Resistance fighter’s son gets letter from WWII prison camp sent 71 years ago (on letter published on ITS website), NL Times, Oct. 23.

Upcoming Conferences, Events, and Workshops

  • IPRES 2015: Come join your colleagues from around the world!  We are excited to announce that the registration for IPRES2015 is almost filled. If you are thinking of attending the premiere international conference on Digital Preservation, to be held in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA from November 2-6, 2015, register soon as space is limited. IPRES rotates between North America, Asia, and Europe and it will not be North America again until 2018. For more detailed information regarding the 2015 event, please visit

Recent Publications and Resources of Interest

  • The Living Refugee Archive Digital Library is a pilot project funded by the University of East London’s Civic Engagement Fund. This digital resource has been created as part of the Refugee Council Archive’s civic engagement project to establish a Living Refugee Archive to encourage greater preservation and accessibility to materials that can help document and preserve the history of refugee, migrant, asylum and displaced voices.

International Archives and Archivists Weekly News Roundup – October 16, 2015

Recent SAA News and Announcements (cross-posted from In the Loop)

  • 2016 Proposal Submission Form Now Live!
    The 2016 Program Committee invites submissions for sixty- or seventy-five-minute live sessions or poster presentations that reflect current issues in the archives profession. View the retooled submission form. Submission deadline: November 13.
  •  Interested in Collaborating on Session Ideas?
    The 2016 Program Committee has created a Google spreadsheet to connect individuals who are seeking ideas and/or collaboration on proposals. (This informal tool is not monitored by CoSA, SAA, or the Program Committee and is not part of the official submission process.)
  • ARCHIVES 2015 Conference Recordings on MP3
    Now you can have access to all 2015 recorded sessions until August 2016 for just $19.99 for SAA members, $29.99 for nonmembers. (Based on speaker preference, not all presentations were recorded.) Purchase in the SAA Bookstore.
  • 2015 Speakers: Share Your Presentation on the Conference Website!
    SAA encourages speakers to share their Annual Meeting abstracts, papers, handouts, and/or slides via the online schedule to make them publicly available. Upload your presentation files.

Our weekly roundup of archives-related news from around the globe

  • Trudy Huskamp Peterson, The Chair of ICA’s Human Rights Working Group, has published the HRWG September newsletter, a rich resource for news and resources relevant for international archivists, ICA_HRWG_News_2015_09
  • ” Questions raised over preserving sensitive Truth and Reconciliation testimony. Many survivors believed their confidential statements would be destroyed, not archived for posterity,” University Affairs, Canada, Oct. 7, 2015. (Thanks to Jeremy Brett for the reference!)

Recent Publications and Resources of Interest

  • The International Institute of Social History (IISG) in Amsterdam recently completed the digitization of the hundredth archive in its collections thanks to two ambitious digitization programs, namely the ‘Central’ and ‘Metamorfoze’: the editorial archive Sozialistische Monatshefte, in which correspondence of all the leaders of the international labor movement can be found:

International Archives and Archivists Weekly News Roundup – October 9, 2015

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  • SAA Opposes Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Provisions. The new SAA Issue Brief was drafted by the Society of American Archivists’ Intellectual Property Working Group, was reviewed by the SAA Committee on Advocacy and Public Policy, and was approved by the SAA Council on September 28, 2015.

Recent Publications and Resources of Interest

  •  ITS places documents on Nazi persecution and its aftermath online: From the ITS press release: “A small part of the ITS collection, which since 2013 is inscribed onto the UNESCO “Memory of the World” register, can now be viewed in a new online archive. The ITS has uploaded three collections in an initial step including photos of personal objects that were taken from the prisoners in the concentration camps. Also available are a collection on the death marches as well as files from the Child Search Branch from the time immediately following the liberation of Nazi victims.”
  • The Charlie Archive at Harvard Library launched:The Harvard College Library and the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures are creating an archive to preserve materials related to the January attack on French humor magazine Charlie Hebdo and its aftermath.

ICA meeting 2015 in Reykjavik

By Ryder Kouba
The International Council on Archives held its third annual meeting in beautiful Reykjavik, Iceland, on the 28th and 29th of September. Attendance was about 450 archivists from over 70 countries, including SAA President Nancy McGovern. The hashtag #ICAReykjavik2015 was active and resulted in good comments and links; the main conference website is also full of information on the presentations and presenters.
Archives graffiti in Reykjavik, 2015. Photo by Ryder Kouba.

Archives graffiti in Reykjavik, 2015. Photo by Ryder Kouba.

A key point of the conference was ICA’s Africa Strategy (currently document are only available to members), which was approved by the Program Committee, and which Elvis Otobo was interviewed about. The PERSIST program, supported by ICA and UNESCO, also had a strong presentation and informal meeting as it moves forward in its software preservation efforts.


Saga of the People of Kjalarnes from the The Saga Settlement Exhibition, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2015. Photo by Ryder Kouba.

Due to the short conference, there were many overlapping sessions, so I was unable to attend everything I wanted to see. However, the papers I did so were quite good, though as a small institution with limited resources, the applicability to us of some of the more impressive projects was limited. Having said that, the Aezel Projek (English description) was extremely interesting, and they made a interesting case for the value of archives in increasing home prices.


Americans were well-represented in an interesting session on how American universities document controversy, either in the past or contemporary. It was especially interesting as American working at a university filled with controversy since the Egyptian Revolution.

Icelandic 1703 census. Photo by Ryder Kouba.

Icelandic 1703 census. Photo by Ryder Kouba.

The Þjóðskjalasafn Íslands (National Archives of Iceland) was kind enough to take attendees on tours of their facilities, which consist of a repurposed dairy factory. They also showed off important documents in the archives, including most notably the 1703 census. There was also a small, but excellent, display of medieval Icelandic manuscripts, such as the Book of Settlements.

Inside National Archives of Iceland. Photo: Ryder Kouba.

Inside the National Archives of Iceland. Photo: Ryder Kouba.

International Archives and Archivists Weekly News Roundup – October 1, 2015

* Session reviews from the SAA meeting 2015 now available on the SNAP blog! (Includes a summary of Session 508: The Role of Archives & Archivists in the Search for Truth and Reconciliation)

* Ask an Archivist Day October 1st, 2015, on Twitter

* Itinerant Archivist Update: The inaugural group of Itinerant Archivists are currently traveling in Ecuador! To learn more about the project, and to follow the activities online, see the most recent LACCHA post.

Our weekly roundup of archives-related news from around the globe

* South Africa: Thaba Nchu Indigenous Knowledge Systems Documentation Centre (September 30, 2015)

* Nigeria: Iconic Collections for 70th Anniversary of National Museum in Nigeria (Sept. 27, 2015)

* “Archives are like a message in a bottle”: Filmmaker Alexander Kluge donates his archives to the Berlin Academy of Arts Archives (Radio interview in German, Sept. 15, 2015)

Upcoming Conferences, Events, and Workshops

* Join a Tweet-up with ProjectARCC & SustainRT on sustainability in libraries and archives on October 19 at 1pm ET!

On Monday, October 19, 2015 at 1pm ET, ProjectARCC (Archivists Responding to Climate Change) and ALA’s SustainRT (Sustainability Roundtable) are co-hosting a tweet-up to discuss how we as archivists and librarians can reduce our professional carbon footprint and implement sustainable practices in our institutions. We invite you to participate by using #SustainLIS and by following @projectARCC and @ALA_SustainRT on Twitter.

About ProjectARCC: On Earth Day in 2015, a group of alarmed archivists founded ProjectARCC, a task force with a mission to motivate the archival community to affect climate change. We believe that as those responsible for the preservation of history for future generations, we should be as passionate and concerned about preserving a safe and habitable planet for ours and future generations.

About SustainRT: SustainRT is a new round table under the American Library Association. In the face of pressing climate disruption, the group was formed from an urgent ‘Call to Action’ within the library profession. The need: A unified effort to address the new millennium’s environmental, economic and social sustainability challenges. The group offers resources for the library community to support sustainability through curriculum development; collections; exhibits; events; advocacy, and library buildings. They also offer a free webinar series which is open to all.

* The International Institute for Archival Science of Trieste and Maribor and the State Archives of Trieste and Alma Mater Europaea –European Centre Maribor and CEI from Trieste kindly invite you to take part in the 25th International Archival Day, on the 19th and 20th October 2015, in NH Hotel, c. Cavour 7 in Trieste/Italy

Recent Publications and Resources of Interest

* ProjectARCC members have also been compiling resources into a Climate Change Syllabus. This is a great way to get started on researching climate change, dig in deeper, and/or get on the same page as your fellow archivists concerned about the impacts of climate change. You can find it here:

* “The digital archive Is useless . . .”: Community archiving, dissemination and sovereignty. Ph.D. diss by Michael Shepard, UBC, summary at University of Hawaii Scholar Space.