That’s right! International Archives Day (IAD) 2016 will take place from around the world on June 9! I just love International Archives Day! As you may recall from last year, many archives from all over the globe celebrate the day with events that showcase their special and unique collections. It is a terrific way for archives to outreach to their communities and share experiences and stories. Perhaps, most importantly, the day allows archives to connect with their colleagues, donors, users, volunteers, partners and decision makers, as well as the public at large.
The International Council on Archives (ICA) is the impetus behind this special day. They have chosen the theme, “Archives, Harmony and Friendship” for this year, and wants interested people to enjoy and have fun with everyone else during this international event for archivists and record managers. The goal for archivists and records managers on this day is to share their experience, and the importance of their work. It is hoped that the day will show that the archives profession is fun, inclusive, varied, and how their expertise is truly helpful to everyone.
ICA will be highlighting IAD projects in a database with photos from many archives throughout the world. Keep an eye on their Webpage. In the past a few of my colleagues in the Pacific Islands such as, the National Archives of Fiji and the Solomon Islands, respectively, celebrated IAD with special events. Hopefully, more archives in the region will take advantage of this extraordinary day. And if so, I will do my best to share these with you.
If you are traveling anywhere in the world on June 9th, check out the local archives, library, or museum and see if they have anything going on that day. It may just be the most memorable part of your trip!