Greening the archive

by Deborah Jenkins, Chair of the European Region, International Council on Archives

The new conservation standard EN 16893:2018

Conservation of Cultural Heritage – Specifications for location, construction and modification of buildings or rooms intended for the storage or use of heritage collections

Archivists have long been aware of the potential for adopting greener practices in the management of their buildings. Witness, for instance, the inspirational design of the Rotterdam Municipal Archive, which has stood the test of time and continues to inspire.  A real step change has come about, however, through the adoption of the EN 16893:2018 standard, ratified in February this year. It is perhaps a bit surprising that its introduction has not caused more comment in the archival community. Greening the archive weiterlesen

The work of a Section within the International Council on Archives: the example of the Section for Archives of Literature and Art (SLA)

by David Sutton,  International Council on Archives (ICA)

Introduction: one Section among twelve
SLA is one of a varied group of Sections which operate within ICA. The twelve Sections reflect the fact that in many languages there are two meanings for the word “archives” – archives as documents, and archives as institutions. Some ICA Sections are based around archives as institutions – for example, the Section of International Organisations (SIO), the Section on University Archives (SUV) and the Section of Local, Municipal and Territorial Archives (SLMT). Other Sections are based around archives as subject-based documents – for example, the Section on Sports Archives (SPO), the Section on Architectural Archives (SAR), the Section for Archives of Faith Traditions (SAFT), and our Section for Archives of Literature and Art (SLA). A few Sections may be said to combine both meanings – for example, the Section on Business Archives (SBA) and the Section for Archives of Parliaments and Political Parties (SPP).  The work of a Section within the International Council on Archives: the example of the Section for Archives of Literature and Art (SLA) weiterlesen

David Sutton

Dr David Sutton has been Director of Research Projects in Reading University Library since 1982. He is editor of the Location Register of English Literary Manuscripts and Letters and UK editor of the WATCH copyright project (Writers Artists & Their Copyright Holders).
He has been awarded the Benson Medal of the Royal Society of Literature for distinguished services to literature; the Archivist of the Year award (Scone Foundation, New York, 2006); and Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Society of Literature (FRSL, 2012). He has been Chair of ICA’s Section for Archives of Literature and Art since 2010.

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