Opportunity for archives to help develop a new accreditation standard
Since April 2010 a partnership of archival organisations from across the UK, including The National Archives, has been developing options for a new Accreditation Scheme for archives nationwide. The new standard will help archives shape their services so they provide the best user experience while ensuring their records remain accessible in the future.
The group is now seeking participants from archives all over the UK, at every level of archival and managerial expertise, to get involved and help develop the standard.
Inspiring innovation and driving improvement
Developed, owned and reviewed by the sector, the new Archives Accreditation Scheme will inspire innovation and drive improvement by externally validating and accrediting achievement.
A similar scheme recently implemented for museums was positively received, with reported benefits including increased public profile for museums, improved credibility with decision makers and a new found impetus to improve working practices.
How to get involved
The standard will be co-created by participants in a series of workshops and online discussions. Interested parties should email an expression of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org by 18 November 2011.
Candidates should briefly outline:
- their current role and archive service (e.g. local authority, business, charity, university)
- area(s) of expertise and experience they can contribute to the process
- details of any other bodies they represent or other relevant experience or expertise
Successful candidates will be invited to attend workshops held in the new year. Those not invited to take part in the workshops will still be able to get involved in the online discussion and development activity in the spring.
Find out more about the Archives Accreditation Scheme.