I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that the Pacific Regional Branch of International Council on Archives (PARBICA) is having their biennial conference from September 7-10 in Auckland, New Zealand. As you may recall, PARBICA is a professional organisation intent on promoting the effective management and use of records and archives across the Pacific and preserving the region’s archival heritage. It was formed in 1981 and carries out the aims of the International Council on Archives (ICA) in the Pacific Region. PARBICA represents government agencies, non-government organizations, and individuals working in the field of archives or records management in over twenty nations, states and territories in the Pacific.


The theme for this year’s conference is: Footprints in Space and Time. According to the PARBICA Website the organizers believe that-

Pacific archives and records institutions need to evolve. They need to build resilience in this networked society, in order to meet the needs of its citizens. This requires us to go above and beyond the basics of archival management. It means being strategic advocates for the value of our holdings and our institutions and better connecting our communities with their records, using the technology and the channels now available to them.

Digitization, online access and outreach activity are key tools for achieving this and yet many of us are scattered geographically and operate with limited resources. A key opportunity for progress can be to form international partnerships and harness the momentum that global initiatives provide.

The PARBICA conference is one of my favorite events to do some outreach work. It gives me an opportunity to re-connect with old relationships, as well as a chance to create new relationships. Additionally, I will be providing a hands-on workshop on handling water-logged material during the recovery stage of a disaster management plan. The workshop will be wet, wild and fun!… and informative.

I will try to provide an update during the conference. But check the ICAS Website for a full report.

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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