International Archives and Archivists Weekly News Roundup – August 26, 2016

International Archives and Archivists Weekly News Roundup – August 26, 2016

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

Recent Publications and Resources of Interest

  • Digitalität in den Geisteswissenschaften

    Digitalität in den Geisteswissenschaften ist die Website der
    gleichnamigen DFG-geförderten Symposienreihe, die von Prof. Dr. Martin
    Huber, Prof. Dr. Sybille Krämer und Prof. Dr. Claus Pias veranstaltet
    wird. Durch ein integriertes Blog bietet die Seite zusätzlich Forum zum
    Austausch über den digitalen Wandel in den Geisteswissenschaften

    Weitere Informationen:

  • Recent articles on the blog of the Europeana portal feature articles by the Irish Traditional Music Archive, and materials documenting the history of the Olympic Games:
  • Kompetenzverbund Historische Wissenschaften München (Deutschland)

    Seit dem 19. Jahrhundert ist München ein Zentrum der historischen
    Grundlagenforschung. Der 2014 gegründete “Kompetenzverbund Historische
    Wissenschaften München” knüpft in einem neuen, digitalen Zeitalter an
    diese Tradition an.

    Zum einen führt der Kompetenzverbund selbst große,
    öffentlichkeitswirksame Veranstaltungen durch und erweitert dadurch
    aktuelle politische und gesellschaftliche Debatten um eine historische
    Dimension. Zum anderen findet unter seinem Dach eine noch stärkere
    Vernetzung der wissenschaftlichen Tätigkeit der ihm angehörenden
    Einrichtungen statt. Einen besonderen Schwerpunkt stellen dabei die
    digitalen Aktivitäten dar – etwa bei der Arbeit mit Normdaten oder im
    editorischen Bereich.

    Weitere Informationen:

  • Archivdatenbank der Akademie der Künste (Deutschland)

    * Das Archiv der Akademie der Künste zählt zu den bedeutendsten
    interdisziplinären Archiven zur Kunst und Kultur der Moderne im
    deutschen Sprachraum. Seit kurzem sind seine umfangreichen Bestände für
    jeden online recherchierbar. Zudem stehen die Akten der Preußischen
    Akademie der Künste digitalisiert zur Verfügung.
    Es lassen sich detaillierte Informationen zu 1.020.000 Archivalien und
    462.000 analogen wie digitalen Objekten abrufen. Zu den Beständen
    gehören neben der Kunstsammlung und dem vom Historischen Archiv
    betreuten “Gedächtnis” der Akademie zurzeit 1.130 Vor- und Nachlässe von
    Künstlerinnen und Künstlern, die Archive von 45 Institutionen und
    Verbänden sowie 70 thematische Sammlungen.

    Weitere Informationen:

Call for Papers, conferences and registration deadlines:

  • DCH2017, the International Interdisciplinary Conference on Digital Cultural Heritage which will take place in the late summer 2017, is also looking for contributions that cover the impact of new technologies and processes on cultural heritage. In particular, contributions should focus on raise awareness in Society, Science, and Technology fields about importance of the cultural dimensions and the growing potential of Digital Cultural Heritage. Promotion of innovative content analysis from cross-organizational interoperability of digital humanities databases and XML methods, techniques, and approaches are also welcomed, as well as studies on how to create innovative cross-disciplines / cross sectors partnerships facilitate intercultural and interdisciplinary dialogue. More about focus topics and application process are available at
    Deadline for submission is March 27th, 2017, via

Application deadline: Oct. 3, 2016

  • Image and Research, 14th International Conference, Girona, 16-18 November 2016, Registration deadline October 26, 2016,
  •  Konf: Kreative digitale Ablagen und die Archive – Muenchen 11/16
  • Ausschuss “Digitale Archive” der Konferenz der Leiterinnen und Leiter
    der Archivverwaltungen des Bundes und der Länder (KLA)
    22.11.2016-23.11.2016, München, Generaldirektion der Staatlichen Archive
    Bayerns, Schönfeldstr. 5
    Deadline: 15.10.2016,


  • Safeguarding the Heritage of the Near East Initiative Collaborative Services Award: The U.S. Department of State (DOS), Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Office of Press and Public Diplomacy (NEA/PPD) and Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Cultural Heritage Center (ECA/CHC) announce an open competition for Safeguarding the Heritage of the Near East Initiative Collaborative Services Award. The program addresses the extraordinary challenges to governments and NGOs working to preserve the cultural heritage of Syria, Iraq, and Libya. Ancient and historic monuments, objects, and archaeological sites of the world enrich and inform today societies, and help connect us to our cultural origins. ECA/CHC specializes in the protection and preservation of these irreplaceable resources, working on many fronts to safeguard the patrimony of other countries.

    For application information, please see


SAA 2016 IAART Meeting Minutes

The International Archival Affairs Roundtable held its annual meeting in Atlanta, GA. The following is a report from the meeting.

International Archival Affairs Roundtable Archives Roundtable Meeting Report

Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting

Atlanta, GA

August 5, 2015


Attendees: 17


7:30am Welcome Address

IAART Senior co-chair Danielle Scott Taylor opened the meeting with an introduction to the group, and an overview of the meeting agenda.

7:35am Election Results

IAART Junior co-chair Ryder Kouba announced the election results for the 2016 election. The results are:

Daniel Necas – Junior co-chair (2016-2018)

Margarita Vargas-Betancourt – Member-at-large (2016-2019)

7:40am Report from SAA Council Liaison

 Helen Wong Smith (IAART’s outgoing Council Liaison) introduced Courtney Chartier, the new Council Liaison for IAART. Wong Smith announced the decision to change affinity groups to eliminate the distinction between sections and roundtables, and that the SAA is open to ideas for renaming sections. All roundtables/sections will receive standardized amended bylaws. Non-members may join up to three (3) discussion lists. She also noted that report deadlines must be completed by September 1, and rosters by June 1. The SAA is also investigating software to support online communities.

7:50am IAART Report

Danielle Scott Taylor reviewed the activities of IAART over the past year, including the weekly news roundup published each week on the IAART blog, Global Notes ( Scott Taylor encouraged members to use the forum to update others on international projects, opportunities, and events. Celine Fernandez provided an overview of the 2016 Association of French Archivists annual meeting in March, and Scott Taylor encouraged members to publish similar reports on the Global Notes blog. IAART also co-sponsored a webinar in March on opportunities for archivists and librarians in the Fulbright program, which was organized by Natalie Baur.

Scott Taylor recommended sessions that may be of interest to IAART members. Specifically:

  • Session 410: The New Approach to Government Records in the Canadian Federal Government (Friday at 11am, Rooms 208/209)
  • Session 507: A Year in the Clouds: Itinerant Archivists’ Pilot Trip to Ecuador (Friday at 3pm, Room 204/205)
  • Session 604: Put That Thing Back Where it Came From or So Help Me: Displaced Records Go Home (Saturday at 9am, Salon E)

8:00am American Archivists Working Abroad panel discussion

Participants: Stacy Belcher Lee, University of Hong Kong, Ryder Kouba, American University in Cairo; Christian Kelleher, University of Houston, Texas

Moderator: Danielle Scott Taylor

What inspired you to work abroad?

SBL: Responded to ad for the archivist position at the University of Hong Kong over ten years ago, was looking for new adventures and a change, was a professional archivist with a background in anthropology.

CK: Was a Peace Corps volunteer in Guinea, interested in human rights documentation and in making a difference in places with fewer resources. As the Project Manager for the Human Rights Documentation Initiative at the Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas at Austin, he coordinated the establishment of the Genocide Archive of Rwanda and the Digital Archive of the Guatemalan National Police Historical Archive, based on a post-custodial model.

RK: Has been working as the Digital Collections Archivist at the AU in Cairo. AU has special status, work is based on US standards and practices, but nonetheless tied to network of libraries and archives in Egypt.

Can you share your observations about how approaches to the archival practice in your respective countries compare? For example, access or collection development policies?

SBL: Different cultures of access, one cannot apply US standards of Freedom of Information laws, commitment to access to Hong Kong, Egypt, or other countries. Political situation must always be considered, potential dangers for colleagues.

SBL was appointed as Director of the University Archives at HKU, was tasked with developing institution-wide archives policy, and built archives from the bottom up – there was no university archives when she started, no professional staff. The initiative to develop an archival program was sparked by the 100th anniversary celebration of the University of Hong Kong. Now, she has a staff of 7, a museum, is transitioning to Archives Space. Now, there are several other universities in Hong Kong that have also established archives programs.

It took a long time to get the institution to adopt the university archives policy and SBL needed to develop trust inside the institution. She had to be patient, adapt to a different culture and communication style, and learn Cantonese. Now she is helping with developing archives law for HKSAR – Archives Action group – the political culture is very different, and one has to be patient. However, the recent student protests indicate that major changes may be happening.

CK discusses ethical and political considerations when they were making the Guatemalan National Police Historical Archive available – millions of documents, which contain personal, sensitive information. Main concern was preventing loss of materials. Experiences working with Guatemalan partners, who wanted access to information for prosecutions, and to ensure that genocide and human rights violations are remembered. There are concerns from US partners that information could harm people.

In Rwanda – developing a digital archive based on the physical archive in Kigali Genocide Memorial. Strong focus was on developing an archive reflecting the oral culture – making oral testimonies available online. There is a strong movement to support archives, but few opportunities for professional training (closest training in South Africa).

General challenges of building sustainable collaborations.

Challenge also for archival education in Hong Kong – opportunities to do distance education at the University of Dundee, otherwise few opportunities.

RK: In Egypt, very proud history of libraries, manuscript tradition, but very different access culture.

Technical challenges: Standards are different, different name traditions, can‘t just apply EAC to all contexts, needs to reflect different name traditions in Africa.

What advice would you give to other archivists interested in working outside their home countries?

SBL encouraged archivists to seize opportunities at all stages in life, you don‘t have to be in your twenties to go abroad. You can develop your professional skills, and then go abroad. Learn the languages. Don‘t knock out the corporate archives idea. General challenge of building sustainable relationships. The itinerant archivists have been established to foster international archival exchange – went to Ecuador, see notes from 2015 joint IAART and LACCHA meeting and report on trip:

and on the Memoria blog:

See also: Baur/Kelleher/Snyder, “Expanding Archival Horizons,“ Archival Outlook July /August 2015

Future trip planned to Rwanda, CK will discuss more at the Year in the Clouds session at this SAA meeting.

8:50am Open Floor

Emilie Gagnet Leumas, ICA: Upcoming Congress in Seoul, 2016. New Professionals bursary supports international archival exchange.

The next ICA meeting will be in Mexico City in 2017.

The leadership of the Latin Association of Archivists (ALA) will be meeting with the SAA Council in the fall of 2016 to discuss how Latin American archives and archivists can collaborate more closely. IAART plans to help with facilitating exchange, and organizing a joint meeting.

9:00am IAART Meeting Adjourned


Minutes drafted by Katharina Hering, with revisions from Danielle Scott Taylor and steering committee members.

International Archives and Archivists Weekly News Roundup – August 19, 2016

Thanks to all who came to the IAART meeting in Atlanta at the crack of dawn. Ryder Kouba, incoming Senior co-chair, announced the election results for the 2016 election, and welcomed Daniel Necas as the incoming Junior co-chair (2016-2018), and Margarita Vargas-Betancourt as the new Member-at-large (2016-2019). Danielle Scott Taylor, outgoing Senior co-chair, and the steering committee are currently working on the annual report for the SAA, and we will post it along with notes from our panel discussion on archivists working abroad soon. The agenda for the meeting is posted on our microsite.

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

Recent Publications and Resources of Interest

  • Victoria Lemieux (ed.), Building Trust in Information: Perspectives on the Frontiers of Provenance. New York: Springer, 2016.

Calls for Papers, conferences and registration deadlines:

  • The Flood in Florence, 1966: A Fifty-Year Retrospective:
  • On November 3rd and 4th, 2016 the University of Michigan will host a symposium recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Florence Flood and exploring its lingering significance. We invite you to plan on attending the symposium, which will take place in the Hatcher Graduate Library all day on Thursday, November 3 and Friday morning, November 4. The Flood in Florence, 1966: A Fifty-Year Retrospective symposium 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 Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science is actively soliciting for publication. The journal publishes research papers, scholarly opinion papers, reviews of research, brief communications, and reviews of books and other media. Papers are selected by a process of peer review, with double-blind review of each paper.Instructions for contributors are available at