Symposium Countdown Day 06!
We are counting down the days until the symposium by promoting the abstracts of the presentations that will be given during the event on Friday February 13th, 2015!
April Miller, Program Lead for the Archives of the World Bank Group (WBG) in Washington, DC, will be presenting from 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm:
Symposium Title: “Knowing When to Break the Rules: Skills for Archivists and Records Managers at the World Bank Group”
Symposium Abstract: The juridical environment and business context of a large multi-lateral organization provides many challenges for any archivist or records manager educated and trained within a specific national context. How can students and new professionals be prepared to adjust and react quickly to records-related issues in complex international organizations? This presentation will reflect on the unique nature of international organizations from an archives and records perspective, focusing on issues such as: massive decentralization of staff; multilateral agreements in lieu of legislation; lack of experiential learning from international standard implementations; and others. To get the job done, an effective archivist or records manager at the World Bank Group needs to know when to hold fast to the principles and theories of our professions, and when to break the rules. Only those professionals with adequate grounding in archives and records principles and theories are able to break these rules while successfully maintaining the integrity of the records.