Added on 29 June 2021


The DPC is pleased to announce two Career Development Fund grants for members to attend the Archives and Records Association (ARA) 2021 Virtual Conference taking place 1-3 September. These grants are open to all DPC members, and the application deadline is 29 July 2021.

 

About the Conference

The Archives and Records Association UK & Ireland Annual Conference brings together members, colleagues, and influential players of the recordkeeping sector to discuss latest developments and network with fellow members of the community.

This year’s ARA 2021 Virtual Conference: We Love Records (ARA2021) will be held in an online format, offering more ways for members, non-members and colleagues from overseas to join than ever before. The conference will have three themed days, five parallel streams, 100 speakers, and 20 hours of content made available to view for up to 30 days after the conference closes.

 

We Love Records: Sustainability, Diversity and Advocacy

The conference will continue the conversation from the 2019 Conference around “Who are ‘we’ and why should we ‘love records’?” The following key themes will be used to explore those questions and look at how recordkeepers and records can make a difference in turbulent times.

Sustainability (Wednesday, September 1st)

If we can advocate about our diverse records, then what do we do to sustain them in the future? Whether it’s the energy consumption of data centres, the impact of appraisal in deciding what we keep, the need to develop passive archive storage, or the materials used for conservation, environmental impact is increasingly something that recordkeepers should consider.

Diversity (Thursday, September 2nd)
How do we increase diversity and representation in the records and what role do recordkeepers play in this process? How can we represent if we are not representative?

Advocacy (Friday, September 3rd)
We may know the value of records, but how do we go about spreading the message to others? How do we convince depositors and potential depositors that we are trustworthy custodians of community memory and how do we ensure that we are? How to we make the case for the necessary investment in staff, IT and projects? Why are archives critical to society and why is proper records management important to businesses and organisations?

 The draft programme is available here and more information about the conference is available at https://conference.archives.org.uk/.

 

About the Career Development Fund Grants

Each Career Development Fund grant will cover 100% of full conference registration fees. Registration will include access to the live conference sessions and the recorded content to join all the parallel sessions in your own time.

 

How to Apply

Applications are welcomed from all DPC Members. An application form with guidance and the full Career Development Fund Application Guidelines are available on the DPC website’s Career Development Fund page.

All sections of the application form should be completed and returned to Amy Currie (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), accompanied by explicit approval for attendance from a supervisor, by 17:00 UTC on 29th July 2021. Successful applicants will be notified on or before 11th August 2021.

Please note that only one grant is available per member per call. In other words, DPC members may submit a maximum of one application for one applicant for this advertised call (e.g. one application for a person representing a DPC member organization). There cannot be multiple applicants representing the same DPC member, so please coordinate with colleagues to ensure one application is submitted.

 

Important Dates

  • All sections of the application form should be completed and returned to Amy Currie (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), accompanied by explicit approval for attendance from a supervisor (via email or attached letter), by 29th July 2021

  • Successful applicants will be notified on or before 11th August 2021

 

Further information

  • For information on the 2021 ARA Virtual Conference, see https://conference.archives.org.uk/.

  • For information about joining the Digital Preservation Coalition, see  https://www.dpconline.org/about/join-us

  • For questions relating to this grant programme, emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Acknowledgements

The Career Development Fund is sponsored by the DPC’s Supporters who recognize the benefit and seek to support a connected and trained digital preservation workforce.  We gratefully acknowledge their financial support to this programme and ask applicants to acknowledge that support in any communications that result. At the time of writing, the Career Development Fund is supported by Arkivum, Artefactual Systems Inc., AVP, Libnova, Max Communications and Preservica.  A full list of supporters is online here.

 

 


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