Weekly News Roundup, December 29, 2017

Our weekly news roundup from around the globe

Photos of palaces, libraries and theaters taken by an architect on display in Dubrovnik to raise awareness of he need to protect cultural heritage sites and works.

Acropolis Museum in Athens will enable visitors to create virtual tours of the institution’s collections.

Master catalog of Armenian manuscripts is being produced in Yerevan.

Archivist at the Royal British Columbia Museum invites readers to forget the old myth that archives “are trying to hide things away.”

The work of librarian and archivist from Nigeria in the Canadian Parliament, with insightful comparisons, is described by Sahara Reporters.

Books and manuscripts, including recipes, from a recently closed monastery in Bavaria to be digitized.


Conferences and events

February in Grenada – CARBICA Archives at risk symposium

Weekly News Roundup, December 22, 2017

Our weekly news roundup from around the globe

At its recent Annual General Meeting in Mexico City, the Association of Commonwealth Archivists and Records Managers (ACARM) adopted a position paper on the issue of Migrated Archives. The Migrated Archives are a series of records created in former British colonies and removed to the United Kingdom prior to the independence of the colonies in question. The position paper provides the background to the Migrated Archives and calls on the British government to return the records to the former colonies, now independent countries.

Easter Island statues returned to people of Rapa Nui.

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS – University of London) creates “Digital Filipiniana” collection of Philippine materials.

And the story of preserving old manuscripts in Mali continues.

The end of the year brings reports of top attention grabbers of the year in all possible areas, including the following summary of  events in cultural heritage preservation listing “the most remarkable art-historical discoveries.

Librarian and archivist from Memorial University of Newfoundland expand the boundaries of the profession’s reach in surprising ways.

Conferences and events 

Council for Slavonic and East European Library and Information Services (COSEELIS) annual conference will be held in July 2018 in Cambridge, England.

The ICA Section on University and Research Institution Archives in collaboration with the Conferencia De Archiveros Universitarios Españoles (CAU) will hold their 2018 conference on October 3-5, 2018 in Salamanca, Spain.

Weekly News Roundup, December 18, 2017

Our weekly news roundup from around the globe

Calls for papers

Weekly News Roundup and report on ALA-ICA, December 12, 2017

Blog posts and news

New tools

  • JHOVE 1.18 released on International Digital Preservation Day: A new version of JHOVE is now available for the digital preservation community to download and use. JHOVE is the reference open source file format identification, validation and characterisation tool for digital preservation, and part of the OPF reference toolset. https://github.com/openpreserve/jhove/releases/latest.
  • veraPDF 1.10 released on International Digital Preservation Day: The latest version of veraPDF is now available to download. veraPDF is an open source PDF/A validator, and version 1.10 marks the first release of veraPDF as part of the Open Preservation Foundation’s (OPF) reference toolset.


Calls/upcoming workshops

  • Refugee Rights in Records Symposium, January 10, 2018, Central European University, https://informationasevidence.org/symposium
  • Annual Conference:  29 to 31 August 2018, Glasgow, UK – Call for Papers: ‘People make Records’ (deadline December 13, 2017),http://conference.archives.org.uk/

In an era of fake news, alternative facts and technological disruption, how can we nurture reliable shared memory that provides the foundation of identity and ensures the accountability of our institutions to society?

Call for Papers Closes: 28 February, 2018


SAA at the ALA-ICA Annual Conference 2017 in Mexico City, November 27-29

This past November the Association of Latin American Archives (ALA) came together with the International Council on Archives (ICA) for their annual meetings and the subsequent conference. The themes of the conference were archives, citizenship, and interculturalism. Archivists from all over the world came together to discuss the importance of preserving the records of human experience as a means to challenge authoritarianism, violation of human rights, racism and discrimination. Caribbean countries who are experiencing the aftermath of a catastrophic hurricane season issued a call for archivists to document the countries that cause the most climate change and to contrast them with the ones who suffer the consequences the most in order to demand accountability. The preservation and promotion of the cultural heritage of Mexican indigenous cultures highlighted the theme of multiculturalism.

SAA had a pretty active role at the conference. SAA President Tanya Zanish-Belcher discussed the challenges faced by archivists at the U.S. and the way in which SAA is counteracting against them via training programs and other initiatives. She also discussed academic programs to integrate students to archival activities at Wake Forest University. In the same panel, Joel A. Blanco Rivera, past LACCHA co-chair, alongside colleagues from Colombia and Brazil, discussed academic programs to train archivists in Puerto Rico and Chile. At another panel, Natalie Baur, another past LACCHA co-chair, discussed the project she led at the University of Miami to collect and preserve the tweets Cuban Americans issued on the declaration of the normalization of U.S./Cuba relations that President Barack Obama issued in 2015. Baurs’s presentation stirred the audience and ALA archivists discussed the possibility of having workshops in Latin America regarding the collection and preservation of tweets.

One of the highlights of SAA’s activity was the meeting between SAA President and ALA President, Dra. Mercedes de Vega, director of Mexico’s National Archives. They discussed possible collaborations between SAA and ALA. Finally, several SAA members used the opportunity to get together and to get a glimpse of Mexico City.