BAC News

2017 conference bursary winners' reflections

The 2017 BAC conference Change the Record took place on 21st November. Hosted by Harper Collins in their amazing office, The News Building, near London Bridge the day considered some of the changes affecting archives. Through speakers and discussion sessions attendees explored how the records themselves have developed, how this has affected their management, and finally how the use of records has changed. On the conference pages, the bursary winners, whose help ensured the smooth running of the conference, reflect on different parts of the day.


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Archives Accreditation workshops to be held in January 2018

The Archive Service Accreditation Standard is currently undergoing a light-touch review. Elizabeth Oxborrow-Cowan Associates have been appointed to conduct the review on behalf of the partners - The Archives and Records Association (UK and Ireland), the Archives and Records Council Wales (ARCW), The National Archives, National Records of Scotland, The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI), the Scottish Council on Archives, and the Welsh Government. The Review looking at the effectiveness of the application process and associated documentation through the experiences of practitioners. 

As part of this work two workshops for services that have yet to apply for Accreditation will be held. This includes those services with a specific submission deadline in mind be it next 12 months or 10 years’ time, services who would like to make an application but have no specific deadline in mind, and those services which do not intend to apply for Accreditation at all. The workshop will be exploring the motivations for making or not making applications, concerns and aspirations around Accreditation and identify potential improvements to the process and its documentation.  

The workshops will be relevant to staff who either make the decision as to whether the service will apply or who are responsible for pulling together the specific application.

The workshops will be held:  

  • London:  Wednesday 17th January 11am-3pm, Theatres Trust Resource Centre, 22 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0QL
  • Edinburgh: Tuesday 23 January, 11.30am -3.30pm, National Records of Scotland, General Register House, Princes Street, Edinburgh

Lunch is included.

The outcomes of these workshops will be really important for informing the development of the Standard. If you would like to attend or have any questions please contact, Elizabeth Oxborrow-Cowan: elizabeth@ELIZABETHOC.CO.UK 

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eabh annual meeting June 2018

The eabh 2018 Annual Meeting will take place 14-15 June, in Torino, Italy. In cooperation with Fondazione 1563 per l'Arte e la Cultura della Compagnia di San Paolo the conference topic is Social aims of finance: exploring alternative business forms for durable and financial services. See the call for papers. The workshop's focus will be 'Good' archives and is designed for financial institutions' archivists, researchers and potental users and will reflect on the legacy of the social purposes that inspired the origins of many financial institutions and the role banks and finance played in society. See the call for papers.


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Book now for DPC 'What I Wish I Knew Before I Started' student conference 2018

The Digital Preservation Coalition, with support from CoSector at the University of London, the ARA, IRMS, Arkivum, Preservica, and Mirror Web, is pleased to invite students, researchers and new professionals in archives, records management and librarianship to a one day conference on practical workplace skills in digital preservation. This conference will bring a select group of leading practitioners together with the next generation of archivists, records managers and librarians to discuss the challenges of digital collections management and digital preservation.

This conference will:

  • Provide participants with a core grounding in applied digital preservation
  • Provide an overview of emerging trends in digital preservation
  • Present practical examples of the sorts skills that employers are looking from in staff working in digital preservation
  • Present role models of practitioners whose careers have taken them to leading positions in digital preservation
  • Allow delegates to question practitioners about their day-to-day work and the skills that they reply upon

Find out more and how to book on the DPC website.

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