News and Events


1 June 2018

The first Chair's Update is now available to view here. Find out what we've been up to in the first six months of 2018!

ARA Chair's Update - June 2018

17 May 2018

ARA Scotland is now on Wakelet! Wakelet is a platform for making stories from particular topics on the web and social media. We're using it to make a chronological record of the discussions that take place during #archivehour on Twitter. This means that anyone who can't join in live can still catch up afterwards. Why not take a look at some of the #archivehours discussions we've had already by clicking on the link below?

ARA Scotland on Wakelet

14 March 2018

Case studies, and the guide used to try and decide the level of risk, from the ‘Don’t Risk It!’ training event in January are now available - see below.

Don't Risk It! Case Studies

Don't Risk It! Risk Guide

2 March 2018

In October 2017 we asked our members to complete a short survey to tell us what they thought of ARAS, and what they felt we should be doing. Many thanks to all of those who took the time to do so. Below is a summary of the responses we received, and how we are tackling the issues raised.
As ever if you have any comments, suggestions or queries, please do get in touch with us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


You can find information on training events in 2018 below. Full details of events planned for later in the year will be made available in due course.

Event Date Location Description & Booking

Don't Risk It! Know Your Records - Risk Registers

31 January 2018 Standard Life, Edinburgh

The Archives and Records Association’s ‘Don’t Risk it! Know Your Records’ campaign works to promote and support the specific needs of members in records management (RM) functions and those keen to enhance their understanding of records management issues.

With the kind support of Standard Life Aberdeen, ARA Scotland are now pleased to offer a free half-day training session to members focusing on ‘Risk Registers’, the tool that most senior managers and Boards use to assess their organisations’ exposure to risk. The training will show how to build and populate your own RM risk register, promote the inclusion of RM risk factors in your corporate or organisational risk register (eg, how to make them ‘Board-friendly’) and how to use a risk register to advance RM priorities more broadly.

Lunch is provided.


09:30-10:00: Registration (Tea and Coffee provided)

10:00-11:30: Don’t Risk it! Risk Registers - Jon Elliott - Archives and Records Association (UK & Ireland)

  • Risk and risk registers: theory and approaches
  • Building your own register
  • The ARA Risk Register Library
  • Discussion centred on individual trainee situations

12:00-13:00: Lunch & Discussion

Lunch (Provided, Courtesy of Standard Life Aberdeen)

Free to ARA members, non-ARA members may apply to attend at a cost of £50 and will be allocated a place if there is any space left a week before the training date (ie, 24 January 2018)

To book your place, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating your dietary or special needs requirements.

Kick off! Engaging with Scotland’s Sporting Heritage 23 February 2018 Scottish Football Museum,

Hampden Park,


G42 9BA

ARA Scotland, in partnership with Sporting Heritage and Sports Heritage Scotland, present an event celebrating the promotion and development of sporting heritage collections in Scotland. Speakers will examine the range of ways in which Scotland’s unique sporting heritage is being collected, preserved, promoted and celebrated across the country.


This FREE event will take place from 11am to 4pm and is open to anyone with an interest in sporting heritage. Further details, including confirmed speakers, are available at:


To book your place, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating your dietary or special needs requirements

The ABC's of the ARA Thursday 17 May 2018 AK Bell Library, 17 York Place, Perth, PH2 8EP

As requested by members in the 2017 Members' Survey, a chance to discover more about the work of the ARA at both local and national level and the ARA's CPD framework.


10-10:30: Welcome and Registration

10:30-11:00 Archives and Records Association

Karl Magee, Chair-elect of Archives and Records Association

The ARA aims to support its membership through training, continued professional development, identification of employment opportunities, professional help and advice, and by providing a community to which the membership can belong and from which they draw benefit through open discussion and debate, as well as through gathering of information and advice.

11:00-11:15 ARA Scotland Committee

Karyn Williamson, Chair of ARA Scotland

ARA Scotland is a vibrant, active nation and holds meetings and events regularly throughout the year. It plays a key part in the record keeping sector in Scotland, working closely with colleagues from across the UK and Ireland to promote the care and preservation of archival material. ARA Scotland seeks to represent the views of the diverse community of professionals working in this field.

11:15-11:30 ASLAWG 

Zarya Rathe, Chair of ASLAWG

The Archivists of Scottish Local Authorities Working Group brings together archivists and records managers from across Scotland’s 32 local authorities to share knowledge and best practice regarding current issues in recordkeeping. The group provides a network of mutual support, and it engages with key stakeholders to advocate for the effective management, preservation and use of local authority records in Scotland.

11.30-12:30 SECTIONS

11:30-11:45 New Professionals

Rosie Al-Mulla, Archivist, University of Stirling

The Section for New Professionals exists to support those in the first five years of a career in the record keeping professions. This includes trainees, interns, recently qualified professionals and those embarking on the registration scheme within the first five years of employment. Helping to bridge the gap between new professionals and the wider archive community through the provision of training events and networking sessions.

11:45-12:00 Legislation and Standards Working Group 

Alex Fitzgerald, Chair of Legislation and Standards Working Group

The Legislation and Standards Working Group (LSWG) is the section of ARA responsible for responding to formal consultations on local, national and international legislation and standards that impact on our membership and the wider record-keeping professions.

12:00-12:15 Section for Business Records

Karyn Williamson, Company Archivist, Standard Life

The Section for Business Records Section aims to be the professional body of choice for archivists and records managers working with business records while providing a focused and informed group to represent the interests of business records within the ARA for all archivists and records managers working with business archives.

12:30-13:15 Lunch (Cafe available in the Library)

13:15-14:00 CPD and the ARA’s Professional Development Programme

Chris Sheridan, CPD Programme Manager

In this presentation delegates will gain a better insight into how CPD can support their career development, and how they can qualify as a Foundation, Registered or Fellow member of the ARA.

14:00-14:20 CPD Mentor

David Powell, Archive Manager, DC Thomson

Mentoring: What I didn’t learn from Cheryl and the X Factor

Mentoring remains a key element of the Foundation and Registration levels of the ARA CPD Programme, having proven its worth under the former Registration scheme. As someone new to mentoring, I’ll look at the role and purpose of the mentor and how it can benefit both parties.

14:20-15:00 Q&A

Places are limited to 30 people.  If you wish to attend this event please email Lorraine Logan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating your name, organisation and membership number.










Training on the new GDPR. Full details to be announced in due course.

Social Media

You can keep up to date with ARA Scotland on our Facebook page: @scotlandara and if you're on Twitter, why not follow our latest news there? Find us at: @ARAScot

#archivehour on Twitter

We were incredibly excited to be the first hosts of #archivehour on 26 October 2017 when our topic of discussion was digital preservation. #archivehour continues on the last Thursday of each month when you'll be able to get involved, asking and answering questions on key issues in the archive sector. We look forward to seeing you there!


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