USP Records office celebrates International Archives Day 2017
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Staff of the Records Office take a break from sorting out records at Laucala Campus.
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Records Management office celebrated International Archives Day 2017 on Friday, 9 June by sorting out records older than the University, to ensure their preservation and longevity.
Staff spent the day sorting and cleaning records that have been deposited from many parts of the University and that have sat relatively untouched since they arrived. The building of new racks and shelving were a major feature of the day’s activities.
Building new racks and shelves were a major feature of celebrating International Archives Day.
Mr Jason Flello, Manager, Records Management said the Records Office does not have the space to handle all the material appropriately so currently many records are housed in shipping containers until a more adequate and permanent solution is found.
The staff were eager to discover what gems may be found amongst the records and documents.
“With our 50th anniversary just around the corner we know that the University will call upon the records we have in our custody, so it is imperative that we find, clean and make available those records that curators, authors and our marketing teams will want for 2018. Today is all about making sure that happens,” Mr Flello said.
Archivists and records managers organised events around the globe under the theme “Archives, Citizenship and Interculturalism” to mark the day. Event organisers, including USP, posted pictures and updates on social media throughout the day with the hashtag #IAD17
This year’s International Archives Day theme resonates with the International Council on Archives mission to encourage and support the development of archives in all countries while respecting cultural diversity.
Utilising #IAD17 the sharing of experiences, research and archival records management enriches and strengthens the role of archivists.
Mr Flello reiterated that in supporting accountability, access to records and good governance, archivist and records managers directly contribute to democracy and the enhancement of citizen’s rights.
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