International Archives and Archivists Weekly News Roundup – May 27, 2016

SAA news and deadlines

  •  The ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2016 Program Committee invites submission of proposals for Pop-Up Sessions at the CoSA/SAA Joint Annual Meeting in Atlanta, July 31 – August 6. Pop-Up Sessions enliven the conference program by focusing on ideas and content that may have “popped up” between November 2015 (when initial proposals were due) and August. We encourage experimentation and ask you to think creatively to point attendees in new directions. Submissions are due by Friday, June 3.

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Recent Publications and Resources of Interest

  • Conference report: Nicht nur Raubkunst! Sensible Dinge in Museen und
    wissenschaftlichen Sammlungen, organized by the Universitätsbibliothek Mainz and the
    Institut für Ethnologie und Afrikastudien, JohannesGutenberg-Universität Mainz, Jan. 21-22, 2016. On H Soz-Kult (in German),

Upcoming Conferences, Events, and Workshops

  •  We invite you to celebrate the 2016 International Archives Day on the theme “Archives, Harmony and Friendship.” As you will know, this is also the theme of the 2016 ICA Congress in Seoul.  The ICA wants you to enjoy and have fun with everyone else, in your own language, during this international event for archivists and record managers on 9th June.

The celebration of “Archives, Harmony and Friendship “ will continue right up to the September Congress.

Share your experience, the importance of your work and show the archives profession is fun, inclusive, varied and your expertise helpful to everyone. Under the theme “Archives, Harmony and Friendship”, organize right now, an exhibition, a slide-show, a film screening, open your department to the public, explain your work, raise the profile of your colleagues and how they can help other departments in your institution or your company: It is entirely up to you to select a project for this 2016 International Archives Day. The list of events you can do is endless.

The result will be an “unmissible” celebration to which archivists and records managers will look forward every year with eager anticipation.

The celebration on 9th June, will be a way of connecting with your colleagues, donors, users, volunteers, partners and decision makers as well as the public at large. Don’t miss out on this global opportunity but instead be part of it !

ICA is going to help you to celebrate

As we want to be a real partner and facilitate your events, you will find on the ICA Website colourful templates (poster, flyer, and bookmark) that you can easily personalize and adapt to promote your event (to be e-mailed or printed).

This year you can share your activities with our colleagues and friends across the world through the ICA. So, we ask you right now: What will you organize?  How are you going to celebrate this International Archives Day ?

And because we would like to highlight your projects in a database and photos coming from all over the world, please think of taking photos of your adapted poster, flyer and bookmark as well as your celebration on 9th June and send them to us !

For now, join the Feast and attend this important annual rendez-vous! And to continue the Celebration of “Archives, Harmony and Friendship” register for the ICA Congress 5-10 September.


International Archives and Archivists Weekly News Roundup – May 20, 2016

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* Les Archives du Sénégal : un siècle d’histoire(s) de l’Afrique, Liberation, May 18, 2016,

* The IISG in Amsterdam has completed the Centrale Digitization Project, and a total of 163 maters of archival materials have been digitized and are available online,

* Caribbean Launches Digital Archive Project for Preserving  Memories, Cultural Heritage Research, Atlanta Black Star, May 19, 2016,

* British Library: Online Historical Resources for the Study of the Modern History of Bahrain and the Persian Gulf, See more at:

* Memoriav, the Association for the Preservation of the Audiovisual Heritage, has made its recommendations for the digital archiving of film and video available online,

Publications and Resources of Interest

New publication on the history of Prussian state archives during National Socialism:

Kriese, Sven (Hrsg.): Archivarbeit im und für den Nationalsozialismus.
Die preußischen Staatsarchive vor und nach dem Machtwechsel von 1933 (=
Veröffentlichungen aus den Archiven Preußischer Kulturbesitz.
Forschungen 12). Berlin: Duncker & Humblot 2015. ISBN 978-3-428-14746-5;
623 S.; EUR 99,90.

Reviewed by Peter Quadflieg for H-Soz_Kult,

Upcoming Conferences, Events, and Workshops

Jubilee conference of the Royal Society of Archivists in the Netherlands, 16-17 June, Haarlem, the Netherlands

‘Values in transition: perspectives on the future of the archival profession’

What will the profession of the archivist and of other information professionals look like in the future, when all information is digital?

What do concepts such as integrity, authenticity, accessibility and privacy – concepts that are so familiar to us in the paper world – mean in the digital world?

Report from the Association des archivistes Français Forum

IAART is happy to have French archivist Céline Fernandez provide a report on the Association des archivistes français annual meeting. At the moment she is working as a municipal archivist for two cities near Grenoble and volunteering at ICA, as their community manager and a translator. She is also an executive member of the Expert Group on Advocacy.
The Association des archivistes français held its second Forum[1] “Meta/morphoses: les archives, bouillon de culture numérique”[2] in Troyes, a city located in the French Champagne region, from March 30 to April 1st. Attendance was around 875 participants, from France as well as Switzerland, Canada, Belgium, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States. The hashtag #AAFTroyes2016 and #AAFTroyes16 were very active during the conference.

affichemetamorphosesThe program was intense – 15 sessions with 90 presentations and workshops divided in 5 themes. Due to the short conference, there were many overlapping sessions and most of the speakers were running late so I was unable to attend everything I wanted to see. Besides the Congress Center, though a very practical and convenient facility, was fully occupied for the first time since opening its doors (archivists rule!) and we sometimes had to run from one side to another to find the rooms.

I managed to attend presentations from the 5 themes, which were :
– Digital archiving
– Archivist : one profession, several jobs
– Identifying, describing and sharing data
– New use(r)s
– Archival access, communication, dissemination and reuse

The forum got off to a good start with a highly specialized (and philosophical) opening presentation, entitled “Archives and data massification: a new digital reason?”. The quality of the following presentations did not wane and I was very content with almost everything I saw. I updated my legal knowledge, I received feedback from colleagues and institutions who built and manage digitization projects at various levels, I attended the presentation connecting archives to social media, I recognized myself in the presentations depicting the archivists metamorphosis, I got to meet some colleagues I heard a lot about but never had the opportunity to meet before and to meet again some colleagues I seldom see.

In a nutshell, it was a successful professional forum, with rich content, a great organization and friendly exchanges.

arton2464-11817There was also a selection of social events: exhibitions, museum and site tours, welcoming reception and gala dinner…but the more thrilling of all was a heraldic geocaching that allowed you to visit Troyes, which is a pretty medium-sized city. Unfortunately my friends and I didn’t manage to finish it but we had a lot of fun.

Last but not least, we enjoyed the local gastronomy: andouillettes, Champagne, and local cheeses (Chaource and Langres). Funny thing, in France in the archival fielstacks-image-logo5a_-160d we have what we call the 4C (Collecte collection, Classement processing, Conservation, Communication) – in Troyes they have the 5A (Association Amicale des Amateurs d’Andouillette Authentique Amicable Association of Authentic Andouillette Enthusiasts).

[1] The first Forum was held in Angers in 2013

[2] « Meta/morphosis : archives, digital culture broth »

International Archives and Archivists Weekly News Roundup – May 13, 2016

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Publications and Resources of Interest

Upcoming Conferences, Events, and Workshops

  • Winter School Archives and Education (Sunday 29Th January) Monday January 30th – Friday 3rd February 2017 in Ypres.
    To assist in the professional development of archivist and education officers FARO in collaboration with The National Archives (UK) organized in 2014 the Summer School in Archives & Education and in 2015 the Winter School Archives and Education, a digital perspective. These training events were a success and the participants found it a unique experience, see some pictures of the summer school here and the winter school here. Under the motto ‘never change a winning team’ FARO and The National Archives (UK) has organized the Winter School in Archives & Education from Monday January 30th – Friday February 3rd 2017 in Ypres (Belgium).
    During the Winter School we will work around the First World War, peace and post-war reconstruction as central themes.
    Detailed information about the process of this Summer School and all the practical information you will find in this document:
  • The Blinken Open Society Archives is pleased to announce its first Open Access Fellowship dedicated to Aaron Swartz. The Libraries have been leading the efforts to promote open access scholarship, we would like Archival Institutions to join the movement.
    Fellowship is for a period of three months, starting between September 2016 and January 2017. Deadline is July 17, 2016. More information at:
    Blinken Open Society Archives, Budapest, Hungary


International Archives and Archivists Weekly News Roundup – May 6, 2016

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  • The April edition of the PERICLES FP7 newsletter is out now. In this issue you will find an update on the latest project outputs, an interesting paper on DNA storage and upcoming events including our 1st International workshop on “Semantic Change & Evolving Semantics – SuCCESS’16”:

Publications and Resources of Interest

  • Susan Opotow & Kimberly Belmonte, “Archives and Social Justice Research,” in: Clara Sabbagh and Manfred Schmitt (eds.), Handbook of Social Justice Theory and Research (New York: Springer, 2016), 445-457.

Upcoming Conferences, Events, and Workshops

  • Symposium: The Flood in Florence, 1966: A Fifty-Year Retrospective * November 3–4, 2016 * Ann Arbor MI, The Flood in Florence, 1966: A Fifty-Year RetrospectiveOn November 4, 1966, the Arno River in Florence, Italy, inundated the basements and first floors of museums, libraries, and residences, burying centuries of books, manuscripts, and works of art in muck and muddy water. This natural disaster galvanized a fledgling conservation community into action. In the intervening decades, successive generations of professionals have advanced the practice of conservation and preservation, imbuing the profession with a global view of the value of cultural heritage and fully embracing the technical details of materials science.

    On Thursday and Friday,  November 3–4, 2016, the University of Michigan will host a symposium recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Florence Flood and exploring its lingering significance. The Flood in Florence, 1966: A Fifty-Year Retrospective will focus on the transformative effects of this disaster on the preservation field, and in doing so examine the enduring lessons of a half-century of innovative materials research, professional practice, and education and training. The proceedings will be published by the University of Michigan Publishing Services.

    We invite you to plan on joining us! Registration is free, but the number of participants we can accommodate is limited. A website provides information on the symposium:

    Questions? Contact the Florence Flood Symposium Planning Committee!