Evidence gathering on volunteering begins

Important research led by ARA about volunteering in archives is now underway:fill in the survey now

The Volunteering in Archives Action Plan is a collaboration led by the Archives & Records Association (ARA) with The National Archives, Scottish Council on Archives and the Welsh Government's CyMAL: Museums Archives and Libraries Wales division.  This initiative has developed a range of approaches to supporting volunteering in the archives sector including the ARA Volunteering Award, the Volunteer Co-ordinators Network and training in volunteer management (recently incorporated into the ARA’s core training offer).  The action plan underpins ARA’s overarching position statement on volunteering.

carolinewilliamseditIn order to further development appropriate guidance, training and support in this area, a key objective of the action plan is to gather evidence of how volunteers are being used within archives and to identify good practice.  To this end ARA has recently commissioned Caroline Williams (left) to carry out further research into the roles that volunteers are undertaking within the archives sector.  This research will be published later in the year and will inform the future development of the Volunteering in Archives Action Plan.

As part of this research project archive services will be contacted and asked to complete a short survey regarding their use of volunteers.

If you are an employer or manager involved in the recruitment  and managers of volunteers, please consider filling in the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ARAVolunteeringSurvey

The Survey will close on 11 September.

‘The ARA Board would urge everyone contacted  to support this piece of evidence-gathering by completing the survey, ‘ says ARA Chair Martin Taylor. ‘Good data on volunteers will be an important measure of how our 2011 Policy on Volunteering in Archives is being applied on the ground. It will also help us develop our wider membership offer and progress our inclusion agenda’.

Further information about this project and the Volunteering in Archives Action Plan are available at http://www.archives.org.uk/campaigns/volunteering.html