PARBICA 16 Update

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.

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The Set-up

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Workshop participants

Look for a complete report coming soon!

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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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