Welcome to the ICA New Professionals newsletter no 13 - July 2018
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Welcome to our 13th issue: Announcing the (new) New Professionals and Celebrating International Archives Day!

Click here to read this newsletter in Spanish!
Hello from your newsletter editors!

Read on to learn about who has been selected to participate in next year's New Professionals Programme, how Costa Rica celebrated International Archives Day, and how you can contribute to the international archival community by writing for this newsletter.

Feel free to contact us any time with your questions, ideas or suggestions for the newsletter. Do you have an idea for a newsletter theme, or want to propose an article for submission? We'd love to hear from you!
  • Elise Bradshaw (English language editor)
  • Stephanie Calderon (Spanish language editor)

Introducing: Successful Applicants for the 2018 New Professionals Programme

Members of the 2017 New Professionals Programme are delighted to share that the 2018 selection process for the New Professionals Programme was recently completed by the ICA, who have chosen a talented and diverse group of archival professionals.

The successful applicants are:

Emma Cummings, United Kingdom
Janelle Duke, Trinidad & Tobago
Rachel Klassen, Canada
Jean-Paul Lawson, Bénin
Rachel Mihalko, United States
Abilyn Pua'ara, Solomon Islands
Korotimi Samandoulougou, Burkina Faso

Congratulations from all the current New Professionals to the 2018 group, and we hope you have a fulfilling and enriching experience in Yaoundé and throughout the year.

Nearly 60 applications from over 30 countries were submitted. The successful applicants were chosen for their team spirit, commitment and focused ideas about what the Programme can bring them and what they can give to the Programme.

If you missed out this year though, we encourage you to try and build a relationship with the ICA and apply again next year. In fact, both your newsletter editors were successful on their second attempts!

For more information about the New Professionals Programme, how you can contribute and what it can do for you, click here.
Call for Mentors

The ICA welcomes applications from mid-career and senior records and archives professionals from around the world to serve as Mentors for the New Professionals Programme. The Mentor commits about 4-8 hours a month to liaise with and support a New Professional over the period in which the New Professional is considered active. We welcome applications from any ICA members – working, volunteer, or retired – who have an interest in supporting New Professionals. These mid-career professionals can offer advice on archival and records management questions and also on more practical career matters, such as planning career moves, applying for positions, and identifying opportunities for further training. Full details are available at

CIAP celebrates International Archives Day

The Interinstitutional Commission of Chiefs or Managers of the Central Public Sector Archives (CIAP) was created in 1989 with the main objective of strengthening the archives of public institutions in Costa Rica, through participation, training and projection activities archival Currently, it is composed of approximately 80 Archive managers, who meet once a month to analyze topics of interest for the Costa Rican archival development.

The last June, CIAP held a special session as it celebrated the International Archives Day, in commemoration of the establishment of the International Council of Archives on June 9, 1948. Within the framework of international celebrations, CIAP joined with the hashtag #ArchivosparanoOlvidar (spanish phrase) in order to remember the work done by archivists as well as the importance of archives and document management for the development of society. This year, the theme of International Archives Day was "Archives: Governance, Memory and Heritage".

The activities carried out by the commission began with training for members in the area of digital preservation and electronic document management systems, afterwards a snack was shared with the attendees and we finally joined together to photograph the commemorative hashtag for the celebration.

Members of the CIAP with the phrase #ArchivosparanoOlvidar

Also, in the course of the day, through our facebook page we share photographs of the activities that were carried out in the different institutions that form part of the CIAP, among these activities stand out the exhibitions of documents, games about the archives, among other.

The importance of celebrating the international day of archives is to remind society of the value of documents and information; Therefore, we must take advantage of this celebration to raise awareness of the leading role of the archives and show the world that professionals in the Archive are guarantors of the fulfillment of rights, such as access to information.

Editor's note: if your school, employer or professional organisation participated in International Archives Day, you are welcome to submit photos to the ICA here:
Contact us:
Board of Directors
Kenneth Marín Vega. President
Stephanie Calderón Torres. Vicepresident
Yariela Soto. Secretary
Set Durán. Treasurer
Andrés Fernández Brenes. Vocal 1
Alonso Cedeño. Vocal 2

Facebook: @ciapcostaric
Instagram: ciap.costarica
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Virtual Exhibition: the ICA turns 70!

The ICA has recently reached a significant milestone: its 70th birthday! To celebrate, members have put together a virtual exhibition which includes submissions from established members of the ICA. The Virtual Exhibition highlights 70 years of International Influence by the ICA. Organized by the ICA Secretariat, it opened on the 9th June to coincide with International Archives Day. The first stage of the exhibition highlights records from the ICA archives, with the second stage from 10th June making way for a collaborative exhibition. Everyone is welcome to contribute to the collaborative exhibition by submitting their memories about ICA using this form

You can click through the exhibition to see photos and read stories of key figures and events in the ICA's history. What could be more fascinating? We are archivists, after all!

To explore the virtual exhibtion, see the ICA's website here.

Spanish Language Writing Opportunity: Tabula 2018

A writing opportunity exists for Spanish speakers to contribute an article for ACAL (Archival Association from Castilla and Leon) about the role of National Archives in the XXI Century and the influence that technology has in the way they interact with users. The article should be between 5000-6000 words, must be in Spanish and will be published in ACAL's journal Tabula.

The deadline for the article to be submitted is July 15 2018. For more information about what is required and how to apply, click here.

Call for September Newsletter contributions

Theme: Open Theme!


Unfortunately, our last theme of "Pitching Your Ideas" did not result in any relevant articles being pitched, but we did hear from new professionals who have other ideas to contribute to the newsletter. To celebrate the wide range of work and interests of new professionals around the world, we have decided to throw open August's newsletter theme and ask for submissions on any topic of your choice. The only condition is that it must be related to archives in some way, but we hope you will send us all your ideas so we can showcase them in a bumper issue.

We welcome contributions from new professionals on any topic related to archives, so if you have any stories or advice to share with other new professionals, please get in touch!

Spotlight on: Under Represented Regions

The 2016 ICA New Professionals Survey identified a number of under represented ICA Regions for new professionals, with each region having fewer than 1% of survey respondents. We would like to especially invite new professionals from an under represented region or regions to submit a short article on any topic of their choosing. We would like to ask for submissions from any student or new professional from any of the following regions: 
Are you a student or new professional in any of the above regions? What is it like to study or work in your country? What are the challenges you face, and opportunities you see? Please share this newsletter around with other new professionals in your area. We would love to hear from you!

We welcome entries written in any language. If you are interested please send us a message including a brief outline of your proposed article by Sunday 12 August to or contact us on Facebook or Twitter and we will be in touch with more details.

The new professionals community wants to hear from you!
Members of the ICA, you can now renew your membership for 2018!

If you are an "Individual Member" Category D, that is to say, if you subscribe as an Individual Member, as an Individual Digital Member or as an Individual Digital Member with a discount (reduced rate for students, retired or unwaged person), you can pay your membership 2018 fee online on our secure platform.

You will automatically receive an invoice.

If you can't or don't want to pay with your credit card, please click here for more information about how to pay for your membership fee. 

If you subscribe as an "Institutional Member" Category A, B, or C, the ICA Secretariat will send your institution an invoice.

If you have any questions, please contact

Dates for your diary 2018-2020:
  • ICA Yaoundé 2018 Conference, 26-28 November, hosted by the National Archives of Cameroon
  • International Archives Day, Tuesday 9 June 2020
  • ICA Abu Dhabi 2020 Congress, 15-22 November, United Arab Emirates
Thanks for reading, and keep an eye out for our next issue in September 2018!
Click here to read previous issues of the newsletter.
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