Here is a message from David Fricker, President of the International Council on Archives, regarding International Archives Day (IAD):
Today is a very special celebration for archivists and records managers worldwide.
I wish you all a happy International Archives Day.
Through our festivities, International Archives Day provides an opportunity to highlight the unique role of archives and to share experiences of innovation in recordkeeping and archival practice. This year’s IAD theme of ‘Archives, Harmony and Friendship’ holds a lot of meaning in our archival community. Harmony and friendship is valuable for collaboration and knowledge-sharing but it also speaks to the archives’ role in society, in seeking understanding and meaning through our cultural and social heritages.
I want to congratulate all of you who have organized an event around the theme of archives, harmony and friendship.
Whether a public event highlighting your archival institution, an event celebrating the work of your staff or an online exposition of your collection, your involvement in International Archives Day highlights the rich contribution archival collections make to the world.
There are lots of exciting archival stuff happening around the world today. Check out the ICA Website to see what’s going on.
If and when I hear about what my colleagues in the Pacific Islands are doing to celebrate the day, I will share it with you. I do know that a whole day of festivities is planned at the Vanuatu National Archives. Very cool!!