International training

One of the Archive-Skills Consultancy’s most challenging — but also most enjoyable and rewarding — lines of business is delivering training overseas. This has developed because Margaret lived and worked abroad from 1994 to 1999: in Washington DC in America and in Budapest, Hungary. She has retained her contacts and interest, particularly in Eastern and central Europe, the Baltics and the Balkans. Janet has enthusiastically embraced the international projects and we are now establishing ourselves as international trainers.

Our first overseas collaboration was in delivering the first week of the two-week Central European University summer course “Archival Automation” in July 1999. This took place in Budapest, Hungary. Then in May 2000 we went to Mongolia to deliver a two-day seminar “Preservation Management” in Ulaan Baatar which we taught in English, with parallel translation, to 67 civil service archivists from all over Mongolia. This was the result of months of fax and email exchange. (View the Mongolia Photo Journal.)

Later in 2000 we went to the Baltics, travelling to Estonia to spend a whole week at the National Archives delivering a course called “Training the Trainer”. This has led to further collaboration with the National Archives of Estonia on their Modern Archives and Records Training Programme, funded by the British Council.

In September 2002 we went to Riga, the capital of Latvia, to deliver a three day Training the Trainer course followed by a one day course on Records Management and Digital Records. This was delivered to participants from the State Archives of Latvia.

In 2005 we delivered a day of records management training to Maltese civil servants under the auspices of the National Archives of Malta.

We have recently both been members of the Steering Committee of the International Council on Archives Section for Archival Education and Training. We wee responsible for delivering the first in the successful series of conferences for archival educators, the one in Marburg, Germany in 2001. We also co-authored the Training the Trainer Resource Pack, which is listed on the UNESCO Archives Portal.

Earlier this year Margaret was invited to join the ARMA International Program Committee. ARMA is the US association for records managers and the Program Committee plans the annual conference. This builds on Margaret’s work on ARMA’s competency development project: the conference is ARMA’s primary educational offering consisting of many interactive sessions with opportunities for continuing professional development.

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