In many parts of the world, the mission and function of governmental archival authorities is poorly understood by the majority of the population. It can be argued that there is more likely to be a common understanding of libraries given the likelihood of exposure to those institutions from childhood onwards, whereas archives may not occupy such a prominent role in formative years. As digital ways of doing become increasingly prevalent, the role of archival authorities may become even more opaque. In this paper, we present an overview of activities taking place over the last five years which challenge traditional perceptions of the ways in which archival authorities can carry out their functions, and also consider their contributions in the COVID-19 pandemic. The paper begins by reporting on an International Council on Archives (ICA) funded project to develop a toolkit for use by government archival authorities to assess the information cultures of agencies in their jurisdictions. This is followed by reports of pandemic related initiatives undertaken by government archives in three countries: Iceland, the Netherlands and China. The conclusion emphasises the critical need for new approaches to training and education for archivists to ensure that archival institutions can fulfil their mission in digital environments.
|Translated title of the contribution||Adapting to changing environments: Possibilities for Archival Authorities|
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Tabula: revista de archivos de Castilla y Leon|
|Publication status||Published - 2021|