Preservation Training Workshops 2015
IRCA has been successful in gaining funding for a series of preservation training workshops in 2015.
We are delighted that Mick Newnham of the National Film and Sound Archive will be delivering the training, with support from Susan Locke of IRCA.
Four to five day workshops are being scheduled in May and July at Darwin, Alice Springs and Broome. Remote Indigenous Media Organisations are being invited to participate in the first instance. Places may be offered to other organisations where there is spare capacity.
November 2014 Introduction to Collection Basics Workshop Canberra
Remote archivists travelled to Canberra in late November 2014 to take the first steps in preserving and protecting some of the significant Indigenous audiovisual collections held in remote communities.
Participants travelled from Warmum, Broome, Lajamanu, APY Lands, Kalkarindji, Alice Springs, Yuendumu and Darwin. The workshop was aimed at participants gaining awareness of the basics of managing their community-based collections in areas such as cataloguing and metadata, storage requirements, disaster management, digital formats and digitisation.
With principal funding from the National Film and Sound Archive, complementary funding from the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, and the Northern Territory Library, the participants were able to gain a wide range of essential information as well as see at first hand the work of the NFSA and AIATSIS.
Participants were enthused about the opportunity to meet with other Indigenous archive workers, gain information from NFSA and AIATSIS experts, share experiences and have the high cultural value of their work affirmed.
The Remote Indigenous Remote Communications Association facilitated the workshop. IRCA is based in Alice Springs and represents a wide range of remote Indigenous media and associated organisations.