International Archives Day- Solomon Islands

Colleague, Kari James, who is currently volunteering at the National Archives Solomon Islands sent me this delightful blurb regarding the archive’s celebrations for International Archives Day on June 9, 2014:

National Archives Solomon Islands (NASI) celebrated International Archives Day again in 2014, using the opportunity to launch the handbook: Records Management Information for Government Departments and Government Officers. The celebrations took place across the road from the Archives building at the National Museum; our partner institution in preserving and promoting Solomon Islands’ heritage. The theme for our celebrations was “Good Records, Good Archives, Good Governance”. This theme builds on recent awareness raising sessions run by NASI staff to inform and remind government officers of their records management responsibilities and the role records play in government transparency and accountability.

Banner Museum FenceAdvertising banner for festivities hung on the fence of the National Museum. (Note: we celebrated IAD on the 11th this year due to the Queen’s Birthday public holiday)*

Celebrations started with the official launch of the handbook. This handbook was produced by former volunteer to NASI, Catherine Green. The handbook provides guidance to government officers on records management policies and procedures, as well as providing forms for the proper transfer and disposal of records. We were honoured to have Catherine with us to present the handbook to Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Mr John Wasi, who officially launched the handbook.

Three LadiesFrom left to right: Catherine Green, Julian Chonigolo, Government Archivist, NASI, Margaret Inifiri, Deputy Government Archivist, NASI.*

After the formal launch of the handbook, NASI staff presented a workshop to government officers on the purpose of the handbook, explaining the policies, procedures and forms contained within it, as well as giving advice on disaster preparedness and recovery. This advice was particularly timely given recent floods, earthquakes and tsunami warnings experienced in Honiara. The formalities of the launch and the workshop were accompanied in true Solo style by good food and the opportunity to enjoy the performances of traditional dances from Ontong Java and Santa Isabel. The day was a great success and we are particularly thankful to Catherine for making the journey to Honiara to celebrate with us.

DancersDancers from Ontong Java*

Many thanks to Kari James for providing this update!

* Photos courtesy of Kari James

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About islandculturearchivalsupport

Island Culture Archival Support (ICAS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of records pertaining to the cultural identity of island peoples in Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia whose national and public archives, libraries, cultural centers, and business organizations are underprivileged, underfunded, and understaffed. The specific purpose for which this nonprofit corporation was formed is to support the needs of these South Pacific cultural heritage institutions by helping to preserve and make accessible records created for business, accountability or cultural purposes. The organization will endeavor to add value by providing resources or volunteers to advise, train, and work among island residents to support their efforts in building their future and preserving their collective memory through the use of modern archival techniques.
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