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ARA,I and IRMS Ireland Annual Joint Training Seminar

Making the Most out of your Career’: Continuing Professional Development for Archives and Records Management Professionals

Date: Thursday, 12th September 2019 Time: 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Venue: Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2.


The Archives and Records Association, Ireland (ARA,I) and the Information and Records Management Society, Ireland (IRMS) have organised a joint training event aimed at providing information for archivists and records managers about career development and the route to gaining professional recognition through accreditation and other frameworks for professional development.

The event will take the form of an evening seminar with three presentations and a panel discussion aimed at engaging the speakers and attendees in a conversation around the importance of professional development and upskilling, and the available support for both archivists and records managers from organisations like ARA and the IRMS.

The evening’s programme will be structured as follows:

5:00pm-5:25pm    Registration

5:25pm-5:30pm    Welcome and Introductions - Liz Robinson, IRMS Ireland Chair and Fionnuala Parfrey, ARA, Ireland Training Officer

5.30pm-6.00pm     What do I need to learn? Identifying regional training needs: the value of a Skills Audit Caroline Williams, Independent Archival Consultant and Visiting Professor at Liverpool John Moores University.

6.00pm-6.30pm     IRMS Accreditation - Your Route to Recognition as a Professional Deirdre Allison AMIRMS FIRMS Corporate Records Manager, Belfast Health & Social Services Trust

6:30pm-7.00pm     ARA Professional Development Program - Understanding the Competency Framework Chris Sheridan, Head of Professional Standards & Development at ARA

7:00pm-7.30pm     Panel Discussion

7:30pm-8:00pm     Refreshments and Networking in the reception rooms at the Royal Irish Academy

Registration for this event for ARA Members is now open via Eventbrite:


ARA,I and the IRMS Ireland are grateful to Equiniti for sponsoring the event, to the Royal Irish Academy for the use of their venue and to all of our speakers for their participation.


About the speakers:


Caroline Williams

Caroline Williams has been an independent archival consultant since 2010: with clients derived from the H.E. sector (e.g. JISC, Research Libraries UK), public/private organisations (e.g. TNA, Duke of Westminster’s estate) and professional associations (e.g. ARA, Scottish Council on Archives). She is Visiting Professor at Liverpool John Moores University, and immediate past President of ARA. She was TNA’s Head of Research and Collections Development (2007-9) and Director of Liverpool University Centre for Archive Studies (1996-2007). Her research interests include the history and analysis of the record and the interface between theory and practice. Recent publications include ‘Fuzzy or fixed? Pushing boundaries and developing services’ Archives and Records (2014) 35:1; ‘Records and archives: concepts, roles and definitions’ in Archives and Recordkeeping: Theory into Practice (2014); and ‘Understanding Collections at Risk’ Archives 53:136 (2018). Caroline was also responsible for conducting the ARA North West Skills Audit (2018) which provided valuable insight into the training needs for archivists and records managers in that region.


Deirdre Allison AMIRMS FIRMS

Deirdre Allison is Corporate Records Manager at Belfast Health & Social Services Trust with over 20 years’ experience in records management with a specific interest and expertise in records management processes and archiving activities. Responsibilities also include policy development, creation and delivery of innovative training programmes, processes and procedures with a particular emphasis on preparing records for archive and storage. Deirdre who is an Accredited Member of the IRMS won the IRMS New Professional Award and UK Team of the Year Award in 2014 and has been a speaker at IRMS and ICO Conferences. Deirdre has recently been awarded Fellowship of the IRMS.


Chris Sheridan

Chris Sheridan works with the Chief Executive and the Board to manage all aspects of the ARA's professional development, education and member development interests. This includes management of the ARA’s professional development programme, the route to qualify as a Foundation, Registered or Fellow Member, and university course accreditation. Key priorities include apprenticeships, workforce strategy, promoting improvement and continuing professional development, and the development of the ARA’s membership offer.


ARA and IRMS members may attend at no charge. Refreshments will be provided following the event but travel costs for attendees cannot be covered. Please note that places are limited so early registration is encouraged.