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SBR Summer Seminar 2017

Section for Business Records Summer Seminar 2017
‘How to promote and market your archive’
11th May 2017, The Peel Group, Trafford Centre, Manchester

Full details can be found here.

BAC 2015 Conference

Hunter Gatherers: Collecting Today's Business Archives

This year's BAC conference will be held on Tuesday 10th November at The Prudential Assurance Company Building, 138-142 Holborn Bars, London EC1N 2NQ. More details available from the BAC website.

Section for Business Records AGBM

The SBR AGBM was held on Wednesday 10th June 2015 at 2pm. The AGBM was followed by a free training session on standards for digital repositories.

The training session focussed on 'ISO 16363: the audit and certification of trustworthy digital repositories', which sets out comprehensive metrics for what an archive must do, based on OAIS. Download ISO 16363 for free.

Archive Service Accreditation workshop

The ARA Section for Business Records organised a free half-day workshop on Archive Service Accreditation for Business Archives run by Melinda Haunton, from The National Archives.

Slides are available here.

ARC magazine issue on Business Records

The latest issue of ARC magazine on Business Records is now out. ARA members can download it online


Archive Service Accreditation

Archive Service Accreditation is the new UK-wide standard for archive services launched in summer 2013. The scheme, administered by The National Archives (TNA), defines good practice, identifies agreed standards and offers accredited services 'a badge of external recognition and endorsement'.  Archive Service Accreditation replaces TNAs' Standard for Record Repositories and its self-assessment programme for local authority archives in England and Wales.

The Archives and Records Association's Section for Business Records (SBR) sees the new standard as a valuable, inclusive means of measuring good practice across the entire archive community and it recommends that its members should consider applying for accreditation.  The SBR has highlighted five points that services should be aware of if deciding to take part in Archive Service Accreditation:

  1. Suitability: Is the process suitable for my Archive?  Most likely!  The scheme is intentionally inclusive and open to any archive that meets the eligibility criteria.  The assessment process is scalable enabling a wide variety of archive services of differing sizes to apply for accreditation status
  2. Preparation: Being fully prepared for the accreditation process is essential.  Potential applicants need to be aware of what is required for a successful application before embarking on the process.  Archive services should not use the scheme as a driver for developing policies and procedures; these requirements, along with others, should be in place before the accreditation process is embarked upon
  3. Commitment: Participation in the scheme is a large commitment both in terms of time and staffing.  The process generates a fair amount of paperwork, but this is to be expected given the level of detail the standard requires, and potential applicants need to consider the provision of adequate resources to complete the process
  4. Promotion: Achieving accredited status is an excellent way of promoting your Archive, and possibly the institution as a whole, to stakeholders, users and peers.  Whilst an Archive will know that it operates an efficient, well-run service, validation of this by a high-profile external organisation (TNA) is important. As a cross-sector standard, accreditation also enables Archives from different disciplines to directly compare their services
  5. Contacts: Further information and contact details concerning the Archive Service Accreditation scheme can be found on The National Archives website.