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In this section we provide you with up-to-date information about conferences, training sessions, seminars, talks and exhibitions relating to archives and records keeping.

If you would like your archives or records related event added to the upcoming events calendar, or know of an event you would like to see listed please send the relevant details to the ARANZ Webmaster. Note that it does not have to be an ARANZ associated event.



The Ian McLean Wards Scholarship seeks to assist researchers and practitioners in the librarianship, archives and records management fields to undertake a specific project advancing knowledge or improving practice relating to the recording, care, or conservation, of historical research materials. The primary purpose of the scholarship is to defray research expenses. In general, it is not intended to support post-graduate study, although particularly appropriate proposals may be considered.

The general terms under which the scholarship will be awarded are set out in the accompanying flyer, and are also available from the Secretary of the Ian McLean Wards Memorial Trust (

The value of the scholarship in 2018 (to be taken in 2019) is likely to be $10,000.

Application Format

Applicants should submit:

  • a 2-4 page proposal outlining the proposed programme of research, together with a timeline indicating significant milestones and a provisional budget;
  • a curriculum vitae clearly outlining educational/professional qualifications, skills, and background;
  • the names of two referees who may be contacted for confidential comment on the applicant and the project.

Applications for 2016 will close on Friday 7 December 2018, and should be addressed to:


Ian McLean Wards Memorial Trust

PO Box 12-036

` Wellington

Email applications should be addressed to

ARA Conference Glasgow 2018 videos free and online

The Archives and Records Association is pleased to confirm that selected videos from the #ARA2018 Glasgow annual conference are now available online and free for anyone to view. There are no charges for any of the videos for anybody.

Please follow this link to access the list of videos available and the videos.

The ARA Conference in Glasgow in August 2018 was both the best-attended conference ever and arguably the most open and challenging. We tackled a huge range of issues around People in Records, People Using Records and People Looking After Records.

We have also made the Manchester 2017 conference videos freely available and they can be accessed here-

National Archival and Library Institutions (NALI) Ministerial Group

Information on the Ministerial Group, including the Terms of Reference, can be found here.

Submission by ARANZ to National Archival and Library Institutions Group

ARANZ Conference - Ngā Taonga Tuku Iho 2018.The conference was held at Copthorne Hotel, Rotorua, 22-25 August 2018.


ARANZ would like to thank for supporting our conference as our Principal Sponsor.




National Library of New Zealand

Wellington 13-15 November 2018

Web archiving is now into its third decade of practice and there is much experience to reflect upon and many achievements to acknowledge. It is also a critical time to look to the future and to the technical, legal, ethical and organisational challenges that saving the web for citizens and for researchers continue to present. As established web archives mature and new initiatives emerge, web archive artefacts and data become more valuable for our understanding of societies, politics, cultures and economies in a world of increasingly contested narratives.

In 2018 theInternational Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC) will celebrate 15 years as the premier international body fostering the development of web archiving tools, standards, practice and research. For the first time in a decade, the IIPC's annual web archiving conference will come to Australasia, providing a rare opportunity for web curators, librarians, archivists, historians, humanists, researchers, developers, computer scientists and others interested in the preservation of world's web heritage to come together at this international forum in the southern hemisphere.

Proposals on all aspects of web archiving practice as well as researching and using web archives are invited. Particularly welcome are proposals related to the Australasian, Asia Pacific and southern hemisphere regions; proposals from the perspective of new users and researchers; and proposals addressing the major conference themes of histories and futures. Potential topics include:

Building web archives

  • Harvesting approaches, tools and challenges
  • Collection development and curation
  • Legal and ethical issues in collecting content

Maintaining web archive content and operations

  • Preservation and sustainability issues and strategies
  • Institutional and organizational structures and approaches
  • Collection assessment and metrics
  • Collection management tools
  • Description and access

Using and researching web archives

  • User experience and discovery
  • Legal, ethical or social aspects in accessing content
  • Tools, APIs and indexing for researching web archives
  • Research opportunities and challenges presented by web archives

Web archive histories and futures

  • Initiatives and collaborations
  • Web archive stories and histories
  • National web domains
  • Web archives as repositories of 'truth'

The programme committee invite proposals for:

  • 30 minute presentations (i.e., 20 minutes for presentation plus 10 minutes for questions)
  • 60 minute panel discussions or multi-presentations
  • Conference themed workshops (proposed length to be agreed with organisers)
  • Tutorials focusing on particular tools (proposed length to be agreed with organisers)
  • Posters with accompanying 5 minute lightning talks

Proposals for presentations and panels must be submitted as an abstract of between 300 and 500 words. Proposals for workshops and tutorials should be 800 to 1,000 words and include information about coordinators, format, target participant numbers and technical requirements. Proposals should demonstrate how the presentation, panel or workshop contributes to understanding web archiving histories or futures and the general themes relating to building, maintaining and researching web archives. Proposal should be accompanied by 3 to 5 keywords. Based on the abstracts, the programme committee may invite the submission of full papers for future publication.

Please submit your proposals using EasyChair

For questions, please e-mail

The deadline for submissions is 28 February 2018. All submissions will be reviewed by the WAC18 Programme Committee and submitters will be notified by 16 April 2018.

For more information and updates, see: @NetPreserve#iipcWAC18

Calling past authors Archives & Manuscripts publication of ASA

Author permissions: Archives and Manuscripts retrospective digitisation project

The Australian Society of Archivists Inc. (ASA) is working towards making digital versions of all back issues of its flagship publication Archives and Manuscripts freely available via an online platform.
The current objective is to provide online access to the first 39 volumes of Archives and Manuscripts, published between 1955 and 2011. These issues have been digitised with the support of the University of New South Wales and the Australian National University.
We now ask Archives and Manuscripts authors to grant us permission to publish the digitised version of all their contributions in volumes 1-39 of the journal. These contributions include, but are not limited to, any article, editorial, obituary, review, news and notes and any other content that has been published in any issue of Archives and Manuscripts. The ASA will issue all content it has permission to republish with an attribution, non-commercial, no-derivative licence.
In granting the ASA a non-exclusive right to share your published contributions in digital form, you retain the right to be attributed as the author of the work and you retain the right to distribute your work in any way you choose.
We ask that you email your permission to Joanna Sassoon ( who is managing the rights process for the ASA.
Your e-mail should indicate your name and state clearly that you give permission to Archives and Manuscripts and the Australian Society of Archivists, Inc. to reproduce all your contributions in volumes 1-39 (up until 2011) in a digitised version of the journal for the duration of the copyright.

For example:
I, Susan Smith, agree to grant the Australian Society of Archivists Inc. the non-exclusive right to publish all my contributions to Archives and Manuscripts in volumes 1 to 39 in digitised reproductions of the issues in which these works first appeared for the duration of the copyright.

We appreciate your co-operation with this aspect of the project.

Issued by:
Julia Mant
Australian Society of Archivists
4 December 2017

Wards Scholarship 2017

As for the past four years, the Ian McLean Wards Memorial Trust has pleasure in offering funding through a scholarship to assist individual New Zealand researchers and practitioners in the fields of archives and records management and librarianship undertake a project which will advance knowledge or improve practice relating to the recording, care, management, or conservation, of historical records. While the trustees are very open as to the focus of proposals, there is a strong inclination towards projects where the perceived benefits will have wider applicability than to a single institution.

Applications Wards Scholarship 2017

Wards Scholarship Background

Please note that applications for the Scholarship close on Friday 22 December 2017.

Keeping Archives eLearning series

Online Courses

As part of the recent Memorandum of Understanding between ARANZ and the Australian Society of Archivists (ASA), ARANZ members now have the opportunity to purchase individual access to the ASA's eLearning online courses at ASA member rates. Individual courses or the complete suite of six courses can be purchased from the ASA Shop. ARANZ members are asked to contact the ASA office confirming your ARANZ membership and your method of payment. You then will be registered for the course. This may take up to 2 business days. Note that you will not have access to view the course until payment has been received and processed.

ARANZ Corporate members may also like to discuss the ASA's flexible pricing models for bulk purchases with the eLearning officer.

The Keeping Archives eLearning series is a suite of six online, self directed courses. Inspired by the Society's flagship textbook Keeping Archives, these courses are designed to provide a solid introduction to archives and recordkeeping knowledge.

With an average duration of approximately 90 minutes, each course includes exclusive video content featuring leading practitioners, interactive quiz elements and a custom certificate delivered on completion. You can commence and pause and recommence a course at any time, and thus undertake it at your own pace. The six individual courses are:

Download the eLearning brochure here.

For further information please see the ASA website page Online Courses (

The courses are ideal for:

New to Archives: Interested in gaining professional archival training? Gain solid foundations in the world of professional archival practice plus join the ASA for extra savings and access to Keeping Archives III CD.

Professional Archivists - Everyone needs a re-fresher course: while the principles of the profession remain eternal, emergent web technologies and new social media platforms have opened up the way we work.

Students - Enhance your learning by undertaking courses designed by professional archivists. Our practical approach will help in your future employment.

Statutory Agencies - Build capacity in your organisation by providing access to professional knowledge. You can save with our bulk purchase pricing package.

Organisations with volunteers - Show your appreciation for your volunteers by investing in their professional training. You can save with our bulk purchase pricing package.

ARANZ and the Australian Society of Archivists (ASA) Memorandum of Understanding - Signed 16 September 2017

Save the Date! ARANZ Conference - Ngā Taonga Tuku Iho 2018. This conference will be held at Copthorne Hotel, Rotorua, 22-25 August 2018. Watch this space for calls for papers

ARANZ AGM, Wellington - 23 August 2017

AGM Notice

AGM Public Talk

ARANZ President Sean McMahon addresses the audience at the AGM, National Library, Wellington, 23 August 2017

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