Weekly News Roundup September 29, 2017

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New technologies and their use pioneered by the libraries in Singapore. (The Straits Times, Singapore, Sep. 22, 2017)

World War II veteran gifted his archive of unique photographs from the Middle East to the State Library of  Victoria, Australia. (The Age, Melbourne, Sep. 29th, 2017)

A new on-line archive of documents facilitates freedom of expression and access to information in Malawi. (African Press Organization, Sep. 29, 2017)

International Day of Universal Access to Information celebrated for the first time in Pakistan’s Islamabad by UNESCO. (The Dawn, Karachi, Sep. 29, 2017)

Successful businessman in Dubai supports preservation of cultural heritage. (The Gulf News, Dubai, Sep. 28, 2017)

Disaster response

Society of American Archivists – National Disaster Recovery Fund for Archives

Resources listed on the “Off the record” blog of SAA’s President

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The IAART Steering Committee expresses its solidarity with the victims of Hurricane Irma, especially with our fellow archivists and librarians.

ICA statements of solidarity with Caribbean archivists affected by Hurricane Irma:




Mirjam de Bruijn: Digitalisation and the Field of African Studies (Carl Schlettwein Lecture 2017): digitalization redefines knowledge production in Africa, and thus, African studies.

Earlier this month, the Consortium of Uganda University Libraries (CUUL) completed the third, and final phase of Leading in the Library: a learning lab for sustainable access to knowledge in developing countries.

The project Yale-SOAS Islamic Manuscript Gallery makes available in electronic form all the materials (dictionaries, catalogues, manuscripts) needed for research. It emphasises the rich contribution made to knowledge by Arab thinkers.

Will Prentice is trying to save the British Library’s archive of 6.5 million sound recordings – before it’s lost forever to decay and dead hardware: The British Library is racing to save archived sounds from decay

Archivists in Paris launch the project to create a repository for LGBT archives in Paris: Evoquée depuis près de vingt ans, la création d’un centre d’archives LGBT n’a toujours pas abouti. Face à la lenteur de la mairie de Paris, de nombreuses associations ou fonds privés se sont développés.

Today September 15 Mexico celebrates its independence. To celebrate it: the significance of archives for Mexican history and of open access to Mexico’s National Archives: https://twitter.com/article19mex/status/908114016035377153

Finally, today is the last day for the Early-Bird registration to the ALA-ICA Conference in Mexico City: https://www.ica.org/en/annual-conference-2017

If you need funding to attend the 2017 ALA-ICA Conference in Mexico City and you work in Latin America, you have two days to apply for the ICA Mini Bursary-Latin American New Professionals: https://www.ica.org/en/invitation-to-apply-for-ica-mini-bursary-latin-american-new-professionals

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* #AllezDemocray ! – THE DEMOCRATISATION OF EUROPE: The Archives Portal Europe Foundation and Europeana will launch an online exhibition on democratisation in Europe in September. Many archives contributed to the initiative, which will continue throughout 2018, as part of the celebration of the European Year of Cultural Heritage. Follow the initiative on Facebook and Twitter, and please spread the word around: #AllezDemocracy

* This month’s featured document on the Archives Portal Europe is also part of the Allez Democracy initiative: the Geneva Conventions, housed at the Swiss Federal Archives.

* From Bahadur Shah Zafar’s 1858 trial to Tihar records: Dusty archives to go digital, Indian Express, September 1, 2017

* “Academics push South Africa to open Apartheid-era Archives.” Article about colloquium on “promoting open and transparent public record-keeping for a democratic South Africa” at Wits, Times Higher Education, August 28, 2017


* Annual Report of the Network of Concerned Historians: http://www.concernedhistorians.org/content_files/file/AR/17.pdf

(Many thanks to Jeremy Brett for this reference!)

* HIMANIS project and the Trésor des Chartes The Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes (CNRS – FR), in collaboration with other European parties, have launched HIMANIS, a multidisciplinary project aiming at developing cost-effective solutions for querying large sets of handwritten document images.

As a first case study, the “Tresor des Chartes” is being made available online as plain searchable text. It contains about 68,000 charters and documents, dating from 1302 to 1483.

The website is in beta version and the consortium is inviting users to leave a feedback in order to improve the output. Please contact himanis@irht.cnrs.fr for any comment, suggestion, query, etc.


The Association of Commonwealth Archivists and Records Managers (ACARM) Symposium ‘Imaging Imperialism’, will be hosted by the National Archives of Malta on the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage: 27 October 2017.

The development of audiovisual technologies coincided with British imperialism in such a way that the height of the empire is documented in drawings and photographs while motion picture captured the end of empire and the birth of newly independent nations across the world. Audiovisual materials are therefore important resources for the study of imperialism in the modern period, its pretensions, impacts, legacies and contemporary manifestations.

This one day symposium will explore the preservation and use of audiovisual archives across the Commonwealth, with a focus on what they can tell us about the nature and vestiges of imperialism.

More information on Imaging Imperialism