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Seminar : Disaster management, June 2017

If you wish to register for this please contact Lyn Campbell.


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Just launched: IFLA Risk Register for documentary heritage

Holland House Library, 1940

IFLA has created a Risk Register for documentary heritage in order to raise awareness for the preservation, conservation, and safeguarding of documentary heritage (in any format) world-wide. We aim to gather data on documentary heritage collections in order to be able to respond adequately if confronted with natural or man-made disasters.

The Risk Register enables IFLA to provide contact and geo-spatial information to UNESCO and the organisational partners of the International Committee of the Blue Shield acting in case of disaster. This increases the survival of unique documentary heritage and its safeguarding to help rebuild communities in the post-disaster recovery period and beyond.

Who is the Risk Register for?

The Risk Register is for everyone who is an owner/custodian of a documentary heritage collection. In most case these are libraries/archives (national, research, public etc.), but in some cases documentary heritage is in private hands. We encourage registrations to the Risk Register from all holders (public and private) in order for IFLA to respond in the most complete manner.

Why register your collection?

We recommend registrations to the Risk Register from all countries/regions world-wide in order to raise awareness for risk mitigation and training, adequate preservation and conservation of collections, and if disaster strikes, to react to this.

Should a natural or man-made disaster occur, IFLA will work with the nominated contacts for each collection and international agencies to provide assistance on the preservation and conservation of collections.

Who can access the data?

The data registered with the IFLA Risk Register is maintained on secure systems and will only be accessible by authorised IFLA staff. It is collected to react to disaster and safeguard documentary heritage when needed.

Register a collection

To register your collection, an online nomination form must be submitted.  Please see full details on how to register your documentary heritage collection and complete the web form.

For questions, please contact: cultural.heritage@ifla.org.

Please also see the webversion.

Julia Brungs
Policy and Projects Officer
International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) P.O. Box 95312
2509 CH The Hague
Phone: 0031703140884
Email: Julia.brungs@ifla.org

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UNESCO New Zealand Memory of the World: Training & Information Sessions

Come and hear about the UNESCO Memory of the World and learn if your heritage documents can be part of this unique programme. The sessions will be hosted by institutions that are represented on the Memory of the World committee.

Wellington: Friday 29 June 2012 10.00 am to 12.00 pm, in the Poutama Room, Archives New Zealand, 10 Mulgrave Street, Thorndon, Wellington.

Convenors: Evelyn Wareham and Jamie Lean of the New Zealand Memory of the World Committee

Dunedin: Wednesday 4 July 2012, 3-5pm, in the Seminar Room, Hocken Library, 90 Anzac Avenue, Dunedin.

Convenors: Evelyn Wareham and Sharon Dell, chair of the Memory of the World’s Nomination Committee.

The sessions will introduce and familiarise heritage organisations with the UNESCO Memory of the World New Zealand programme. You will be shown how to prepare submissions for the New Zealand register.

Registration for the Wellington session closes on 26 June and Dunedin on 2 July.
Refreshments – tea, coffee and snacks will be provided.

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Aotearoa/New Zealand Memory of the World Register

The deadline for submissions to the Aotearoa/New Zealand Memory of the World Register is now 31 August 2012. The announcement of new inscriptions to the register will be made at the end of October. More information on preparing submissions for inscription to the register can be found on the website www.unescomow.org.nz.


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Memory of the World / Nga Mahara o Te Ao

GNZMMS 8: Description of the ceremonies observed on the occasion of tattooing a chief

Kia ora koutou.

This message is to tell you that the UNESCO New Zealand Memory of the World Committee / Te Komiti o Aotearoa mo Nga Mahara o te Ao is asking for nominations for Aotearoa/New Zealand documentary heritage to be inscribed on the UNESCO Aotearoa/New Zealand Memory of the World Register. This is a great opportunity to promote the importance of the documentary heritage held by your institution.

Information on the Memory of the World Programme including the nomination form is at unescomow.org.nz 

The closing date for nominations to the New Zealand register is Thursday 31 May 2012.

New inscriptions to the register will be decided by the end of June and an announcement made on the successful inscriptions.

A successful nomination will raise the profile of your institution and the work that you do to preserve documentary heritage. If you are unable to meet the May 2012 deadline there will be another round of submissions this year closing at the end of November.

What is Memory of the World?

Memory of the World aims to recognise significant documentary heritage in a similar fashion to the way UNESCO’s World Heritage Convention and World Heritage List recognises significant natural and cultural sites.

Countries may develop their own national registers. The most significant items can also be nominated for inscription on the international or regional Memory of the World Registers.

What is happening in New Zealand?

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO supports the Aotearoa/New Zealand Memory of the World Committee / Te Komiti o Aotearoa mo Nga Mahara o te Ao to coordinate nominations for the register of New Zealand documentary heritage. The first inscriptions to the Aotearoa/New Zealand register were announced on 30 June 2011.

There are now six collections of documentary heritage inscribed on the New Zealand register.

The nomination forms for these collections are on the website www.unescomow.org.nz and provide exemplars for submissions.

What can be nominated?

To be selected for registration on the New Zealand Memory of the World Register the documentary heritage should:

  • be unique and irreplaceable (in that it has demonstrable historic, aesthetic or cultural significance to a community or the nation)
  •  be a primary or significant source that documents an historical or cultural event that has had a lasting impact and influenced the course of New Zealand history
  •  be an outstanding example of a document or an experience

Documentary heritage can be digital or analogue. Examples include but are not limited to textual items such as documents, manuscripts, books, newspapers, posters and non-textual items such as photographs, films, discs, drawings, prints, maps; online media items, social media databases, mobile digital devices etc


For enquiries or more information, please visit unescomow.org.nz , or contact us at enquiries@unescomow.org.nz. If you would like to receive further information about the New Zealand Memory of the World Register, please email enquiries@unescomow.org.nz.with a request to subscribe.

Jill Durney
Macmillan Brown Library Manager
University of Canterbury – Te Whare Wananga o Waitaha

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