International Archives and Archivists Weekly News Roundup-November 18, 2016

Mexico holds the 4th International Seminar on Transparency and Record Keeping: Nov. 16, 17, and 18 in the midst of the controversy over the new law of archives in Mexico. Soledad Loaeza explains that this new law has been drafted by politicians who have not taken into consideration neither LIS professionals nor historians. Their intention seems to be censorship. This coincides with the increasing restriction of the materials that researchers can use at the Archivo General de la Nación. This censorship has been justified by the need to protect personal information, but it does not follow an established policy or procedure. For Spanish readers: the text of the law that the Mexican senate is reviewing is here.

Intelligence services on both sides of the Atlantic have struggled to come to terms with new technology and a new mission. They are not done yet, writes Edward Carr: Shaken and stirred

More on espionage. In 1992, Vasili Mitrokhin, a KGB archivist, defected to the West with a trove of top secret documents from the Soviet intelligence agency, which helped expose many Russian agents and assets in Israel and elsewhere. This series of articles explores these documents and brings to light the secrets they revealed. The KGB’s Middle East Files: Leaking thousands of documents

More on the Middle East: Inside the new Lebanese National Library

Three Spanish LIS institutions organize a workshop to teach people how to turn family papers into archival collections that might aid people with Alzheimer’s: “La documentacióm que guardamos en casa tiene valor histórico.”

Cuba’s National Archives issues a call for articles for the Boletín del Archivo Nacional.

Follow the Seminar on Digital Preservation: Colombia 2016.

Finding the underrepresented voice: A seminar on African collections in @britishlibrary & the West Africa exhibition 2015-16.

More on Africa. Can Archivists Save the World’s Newest Nation? Meet the archivists, folklorists, and curators fighting to preserve South Sudan’s history—and end its civil war.

Geneva is believed to be the first city in the world with its own portable container to save cultural property in the event of local disasters. swissinfo.ch took a look inside.

In London, researchers draw on archives of the past to cast new light on the present. Being Human: What the Archives Reveal

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