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Archives & Activism Symposium

As part of New York Archives Week next month, the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (ART) and the New School Libraries and Archives are pleased to co-sponsor a symposium on archives and activism.  They have posted a preliminary schedule and are still accepting registrations for the October 12 event.

The symposium covers topics surrounding the contention between activists movements pushing for reforms vis-a-vis conceptions of the archivist’s role in handling materials of cultural and social significance as one originating from hegemonic and traditional institutional frameworks.  This symposium thus offers to reconceptualize the role of the archivist as societal needs evolve and technologies emerge while balancing the archives’ commitment to the institutions that fund and administer them…

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Register Your Support for the Universal Declaration on Archives

To raise awareness of the profession, the International Council on Archives (ICA) is enlisting the support of the public to promote Universal Declaration on Archives (UDA) by signing the UDA online register.  The UDA has been endorsed by the ICA as a key pillar of its outreach and advocacy policy and strategy.  Followers and supporters may also share the link to further publicize the Declaration.

The UDA was adopted in principle in 2009 at the ICA Annual General Meeting in Malta.  It was developed by a special working group of the ICA, the SPA (Section of Professional Associations), based on the model of the “Déclaration québécoise des Archives“.  On 17 September 2010, the ICA unanimously approved the text of the UDA at their Annual General Meeting held in Oslo.  On 10th November 2011, the UDA was officially endorsed by UNESCO and adopted by the 36th plenary session of the General Conference of UNESCO .

The Declaration concisely outlines the unique characteristics of archives and the management requirements to provide ongoing records access. It has been conceived as a basis for advocacy and promotion to support archives and the profession, and addresses a wide public. Available in 25 languages, it is a statement of the relevance of archives in modern society and marks an important step in improving understanding and awareness of archives among the general public and key decision-makers.


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Segregation Era Documents Project

A project is underway to preserve African-American history in the state of Virginia.  The Desegregation of Virginia Education (DOVE) project, spearheaded by Old Dominion University archivist, Sonia Yaco, is enlisting help from the public in collecting historical material such as oral histories and photographs.  An article from a local paper in Richmond, Virginia, claims that civil rights history in the state has largely been neglected in schools across the state…

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Call for Applications to Receive Free Digital Global Disability Rights Library

The Global Disability Rights Library project announces a call for organizations to apply to receive a free digital Global Disability Rights Library (GDRL). Applications are open to disabled people’s organizations, universities, and agencies in developing countries.  Sixty organizations will receive the digital library to empower them to disseminate valuable disability rights knowledge and toolkits to their communities.

The goal of the Global Disability Rights Library (GDRL) is to improve the lives of persons with disabilities in developing countries by using off-line digital libraries to deliver information and educational materials to disabled people’s organizations (DPOs), decision makers, individual advocates, health care institutions, and other organizations and agencies that support the disability civil rights movement and that lack adequate Internet access.

Ideal deployment site candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to promoting and facilitating disability rights.  Successful applicants will have the organizational capacity to become a hub for disseminating disability rights information and will be inclusive of a diverse disability community.

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Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the LAC Collaborate

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) and the Library & Archives Canada (LAC) signed a memorandum of understanding yesterday in Ottawa.  The partnership expects to increase opportunities for visitors and scholars alike to develop research initiatives, promote dialogue, and enhance access to Canada’s human rights history.  I have not located a copy of the memorandum and the details of exactly which LAC collections or resources will be loaned out to the CMHR remain to be determined, but I am sure we will see more news out of this partnership agreement in the coming weeks.

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Impunity at Stake in Timor Leste – the Role of Outreach

Earlier this month it was reported that judicial processes in Timor Leste to bring justice to the victims of human rights abuses in 1999 were blocked.  After a 24 year occupation by Indonesia, marked by political unrest, armed resistance, forced displacement, torture, and arbitrary detention, Timor-Leste gained its independence in a 1999 referendum.  The human rights abuses of the years prior, however, only intensified coming up to the vote and pro-independence groups and individuals were targeted.  Recently the parliament has delayed the passing of two laws intended to implement recommendations of Timor-Leste’s two truth commissions, the Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation (CAVR) and the Commission of Truth and Friendship (CTF).

In a publication released this week by the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) and the Judicial System Monitoring Programme (JSMP), Impunity in Timor Leste: Can the Serious Crimes Investigation Team Make a Difference?, the ICTJ highlights this lack of political will to bring justice and accountability to victims.  The report presents a study of the current measures taken by the UN Serious Crimes Investigation Team (SCIT), formed in 2006.  Section 5 of the report presents efforts to raise awareness of SCIT’s work among the victims, mostly in rural areas.  The SCIT is assisted in this capacity in part by the Public Information Office of the UN Integrated Mission for Timor-Leste.

The partnership has allowed advocacy work in the sphere of victim outreach through the release and distribution of newsletters regarding the work of the SCIT in the region.  As a result, victims’ support networks in villages and collaborations with local NGOs are on the rise.  Despite the failing of the parliamentary government to establish in force the mechanisms required to carry out justice, the role of outreach and other civil society groups cannot be undermined.

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