I just want to give a quick update on the PARBICA conference that is happening right now at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. About 60 archivists and record keepers from across the Pacific Islands are attending the conference. The conference is also being held in association with the Archives & Records Association New Zealand (ARANZ). This is pushing the total number of participants up to well over 150.
On Monday I provided a hands-on workshop titled, Salvaging Water-logged Material. About 40 participants became familiar with the air-drying process of archival records, and by learning the appropriate handling techniques, they will be able to implement a more successful recovery materials after a disaster… if that day should ever come. Hopefully, it never will. But, if so, it’s great to be ready.
Although I don’t advocate to do your archive disaster recovery outdoors, I took advantage of the beautiful day in Auckland and set up the workshop outside. Tubs full of water and material were placed on tables. After several minutes of instructions, the participants began to pull the material out of the bins. Then utilizing the supplies that they were given, as well as applying the techniques that they just learned, they began to recover the material. It was blast! Cold, but fun and informative.
Look for a complete report coming soon!