This week, we at the Archives service of the James Hardiman Library are delighted to be able to attend the annual conference of the Archives and Records Association (ARA) taking place in Brighton, England. This is the first time The James Hardiman Library will be able to be represented at the conference and this is in no small part to the generous bursary received direct from the ARA. The ARA offered ten bursaries across the U.K. and Ireland and we are delighted to be among those chosen.
The conference will run for three days beginning Wednesday 29 August and conclude on Friday 31 August. The schedule is simply packed with a huge range of speakers, talks and events, bringing together the largest gathering of the archival profession in the U.K. this year. The theme across the conference this year is "Progress, Innovation and New Landscapes". It is a very apt title as more than perhaps ever before, archivists and institutions really have to push the boundaries of their innovation and ingenuity in order to make progress. A range of international speakers will cover topics across a huge span of interests including; 'Are we all digital archivists now?', 'Burdened with the truth – Wikileaks', 'Decision making in conservation', 'Meeting the requirements of new audiences', The on-going impact of technology on archivists strategies' and 'The way forward for the archival sector'.
Given the wide range of topics, expertise and backgrounds of archivists from instututions large and small across the U.K. and Ireland, the annual conference promises to be a key event in this years calendar.