7th European Conference on Archives
VII European Conference on Archives
Warsaw, May 18-20, 2006
Archivist: Profession of the Future in Europe
The Head Office of State Archives and the Association of Polish Archivists, in cooperation with the European Regional Branch and the Section for Professional Associations of the International Council on Archives, organised the 7th European Conference on Archives “An Archivist: The Profession of the Future in Europe” in Warsaw, May 18th–20th , 2006.
The Scientific Committee of the VII European Conference on Archives:
president Daria Nałęcz (Poland)
members: Joan Boadas i Raset (EURBICA and ICA/SPA), Perrine Canavaggio (ICA), Waldemar Chorążyczewski (Poland), Anna Czajka (Poland), Christine Martinez (EURBICA), Lorenz Mikoletzky (ICA), Isabella Orefice (ICA/SPA), Jarosław Porazinski (Poland), Stanisław Sierpowski (Poland), Krzysztof Skupieński (Poland), Władysław Stępniak (Poland), Krzysztof Stryjkowski (Poland), Anna Sydor (Poland), Janusz Tandecki (Poland), Hubert Wajs (Poland)
I. Aim of the Conference
The subject of the Conference referred to the Joint Declaration of the European Ministers of Education convened in Bologna on June 19th, 1999 where are enumerated primary objectives to create European area of higher education. One of these objectives is „adoption of a system of easily readable and comparable degrees, also through the implementation of the Diploma Supplement, in order to promote European citizens employability and the international competitiveness of the European higher education system”.
By dealing with this topic we intended to join the activities which should finally lead to archivists’ mobility and employability in Europe.
Furthermore, the Conference considered the most important problems of the situation of archives in Europe, resulting from the Report on Archives in the enlarged European Union. Increased archival cooperation in Europe: action plan, prepared in 2004 by the National Expert Group on Archives of the EU-Member States and EU-Institutions and Organs in response to the Council Resolution of May 6th, 2003 on archives in Member States as well as the common activities of the European archives relevant to he implementation of the Council Recommendation on priority actions to increase cooperation in the field of archives in Europe, heard by the Council in 2005.
II. Thematic scope of the Conference
The substantive scope of the Conference covered the most important problems concerning the professional competence of a contemporary archivist in European conditions, which could be considered, however, as common for all the representatives of the profession on the world-wide scale. The determination of the model of such competence was accompanied by considerations on archivistics as a discipline of science and on the influence of new technologies on the scope and forms of activity of archives, thus also on the tasks carried out by archivists in the modern world. The comparison of the professional profile of an archivist in the legislation and practice of individual states should allow for the determination of the possibility to develop a model of archivists’ professional competence, common for many states.
In the dynamically changing environment, knowledge and competence need to be supplemented and modified on a continuous basis. Under these conditions, the enhancement of archivists’ professional knowledge becomes one of the most urgent needs, the satisfaction of which affects proper functioning of archives and the management of records, now produced everywhere with the use of IT tools. Theoretical considerations on the above outlined topics were accompanied by panel discussions and workshops, which offered each of the participants the opportunity of active participation in the Conference.
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