ARA membership offers the following benefits;
Join the conversation
- Our member-only regular email updates containing news, events, jobs, professional development and other member initiatives.
- We tweet news and updates from the ARA and the archives and records sector. We share views and experiences in our monthly Archive Hour.
- We provide a platform for members with different professional interests to engage and connect.
- Individual Members are eligible to enrol onto the Professional Development Programme and qualify for Foundation, Registered and Fellowship status, enhancing their career prospects and opportunities.
- Once qualified, Individual Members, under the ARA’s Bye Laws, are entitled to use the post-nominals FMARA (Foundation Member of the ARA), RMARA (Registered Member of the ARA) or FARA (Fellow of the ARA).
Access to our knowledge, information and support resources
- The ARA publishes resources for all those working or volunteering in the record keeping sector, including best practice guidelines, surveys and skills audits, governance papers and emotional support guides.
- ARC, our monthly magazine contains valuable insights from those working across the sector. This publication is emailed free to members and can be downloaded from our website.
- The ARA Journal, our research publication is issued three times a year to all Student members, Individual members, International members and Corporate members.
Events, training and networking
- Continue with your professional development by attending ARA events. Benefit from free places and discounted delegate fees at ARA Regional and National events, ARA Section events, and the ARA’s flagship Annual conference. Bursaries are also available.
- Our Certificate in Archive Conservation is a recognised and respected qualification that leads to a career in archive conservation.
- ARA members can access free places at Digital Preservation Coalition events and training.
Connect with our professional community
- Our sections represent key disciplines in the archives and records sector. They share knowledge, offer practical advice, best practice, useful resources, organise events and opportunities to network, and connect with other organisations.
- Volunteering: Volunteers help set the strategic direction of the ARA, contribute to its governance, oversee activity and contribute to the development and delivery of member services. Volunteering provides opportunities to connect with professionals locally, nationally and internationally, helping you raise your profile in the sector and give you excellent opportunities for professional development.
We provide a wide range of opportunities for members to volunteer with the ARA, including; the ARA Board, committees supporting ARA Ireland, Scotland, Wales and English regions, our Pay Review Group, Professional Development Programme Assessors and Mentors and as part of the ARC Magazine editorial team. It’s a great way to develop your knowledge, your professional connections, and give something back to your profession.
- Have your say: ARA members have a voice in how the ARA is run through voting at Annual General Meetings and elections. Members are also able to stand for election onto many ARA committees.
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