June 9th is International Archives Day with the goal of archival professionals to unite their voices to make you understand why it is important to support archives and the profession. The day is an excellent way to raise awareness of the general public and the decision-makers about the importance of archives.
During the International Council on Archives conference in Vienna in 2004, the 2000 participants adopted a resolution requesting the United Nations to create an International Archives Day. They hoped that this day will help give a better perception and understanding of archives, as they state:
The public’s image of the archives is foggy: often confused with libraries, archives continue to be perceived as documents for internal use only, which are difficult to access and are of interest only to historians. The perception of records and archives by the public and the organizations that create them is not clear. This troubled image has an impact on the financial and human resources that responsible managers and administrators dedicate to records and archives operations and/or institutions.
So Happy International Archives Day! I know our colleagues at the National Archives of Solomon Islands have an event planned for the day.
I hope that many more archives in the South Pacific region takes advantage of the day to hopefully get people interested in their archives and their cultural heritage.