New Recordkeeping for Good Governance Toolkit guidelines – Pacific Island Reference Group Meeting

10 Jan 2018

In 2016, the International Council on Archives Programme Commission granted funding to the National Archives of Australia to develop new training guidelines for PARBICA's Recordkeeping for Good Governance Toolkit.

The new guidelines, developed to build archival capacity in disaster management, will comprise five new guidelines covering topics including identifying vital records, assessing significance and disaster planning, response and recovery. The new guidelines will be published later this year.

A critical aspect to the development of these new guidelines is the Pacific Island Reference Group.

Pacific Island Reference Group meeting at PARBICA 17, Fiji, September 2017

The Pacific Island Reference Group comprises PARBICA members from the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Members of this group provide advice on the context, conditions and factors to be considered when developing the new guidelines, as well as helping to ensure that the guidelines will be fit for use by archivists and records managers across the Pacific.

As part of PARBICA 17 held in Fiji in September 2017, a meeting of the Pacific Island Reference Group was convened to provide advice on the structure and content of the Identifying Vital Records guideline, and work through the drafts of the guidelines covering disaster preparedness, response and recovery. In an afternoon workshop, the group diligently worked through these draft guidelines and contributed many new ideas and useful feedback to their development.

Pacific Island Reference Group meeting at PARBICA 17, Fiji, September 2017

Thanks to the developers of the new guidelines: Brandon Oswald of Island Culture Archival Support (Disaster Preparedness, Response and Recovery), Lillie Le Dorre from Archives New Zealand (Identifying Vital Business Records), and Fiona Gunn from the National Archives of Australia (Assessing Significance).

Special thanks to the Pacific Island Reference Group:
Tess Perez, Federated States of Micronesia
Opeta Alefaio, Fiji
Tukul Kaiku, Papua New Guinea
Amela Silipa, Samoa
Margaret Inifiri, Solomon Islands
Noa Petueli Tapumanaia, Tuvalu
Margaret Terry & Augustine Tevimule, Vanuatu

Stay tuned to the PARBICA website for future updates on the progress of the new guidelines.

Pacific Island Reference Group meeting at PARBICA 17, Fiji, September 2017