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UNESCO launches Memory of the World online survey

16-02-2009 (Paris)
A general survey on the state of awareness of the Memory of the World Programme has been launched in cooperation with InterPARES in Vancouver, Canada. This survey is intended for library, archives and museum specialists as well as anyone with an interest in preserving documentary heritage. The purpose of this survey is to increase and assess awareness of the Programme and to encourage nominations to the Memory of the World Registers. UNESCO will use the results to further develop the Memory of the World Programme. 

The Memory of the World Programme was created by UNESCO to promote preservation of, and disseminate information regarding, documentary heritage found in archival holdings and library and museum collections worldwide. The Programme includes national/regional committees, which help to initiate and support nominations within their respective regions.

Its Registers list documentary heritage of recognized world significance assessed on the basis of specific criteria outlined in the UNESCO Memory of the World General Guidelines to Safeguard Documentary Heritage.

The form, which takes just a few minutes to complete, can be filled in online, in English or French: please click here.

It can also be downloaded as a word document from this page to be filled in and returned to: j.springer@unesco.org

The deadline for the survey is 30 April 2009.

For more information, please visit the:


Endangered Language Fund

The Endangered Language Fund

“was founded ten years ago with the goal of supporting endangered language preservation and documentation projects. Our main mechanism for supporting work on endangered languages has been funding grants to individuals, tribes, and museums. ELF’s 97 grants have promoted work in over 30 countries and have seen a wide range of projects, from the development indigenous radio programs in South Dakota, to recording of the last living oral historian of the Shor language of western Siberia, to the establishment of orthographies and literacy materials to be used by endangered language teaching programs all over the world.” (text taken directly from the website) 

I stumbled on this site while doing one thing that I love…surfing!! Anyhow, not only do they have a 2009 Call for Proposals, they also have a nice list of resources on Indigenous language revitalization and a language archive.

Setting up archives in Aboriginal communities

The Association of Canadian Archivists Special Interest Section on Aboriginal Archives (SISAA) released a “how-to” resource entitled Aboriginal Archives Guide in October 2007.

The resource was developed to:

“[…] promote the role of archives in meeting the administrative, educational, and cultural needs of Aboriginal communities, and to foster the establishment of archives in those communities. To that end, the booklet has been designed: to introduce archival concepts and terminology, to outline the basic requirements for an archival programme, to provide general advice on establishing an archival programme; and to identify where additional information, advice and assistance can be found.” (p.4)

Comments sought – Protocols for Native American Archival Materials

The Society of American Archivists is seeking feedback from the archives community on the Protocols for Native American Archival Materials. The deadline for comments is December 17, 2007.