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29 December 2011
On 21-28 December 2011, the republic-level state archive institutions held meetings of work collectives to summarize the results of work in the year 2011 and set up objectives for 2012. Attending the meetings were chiefs and division heads at the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus.

Participants at the meetings noted that all planned assignments in the main directions of archive activity have been fulfilled. In 2011 the central state archives and institutions performed the activities within the Archives of Belarus State Programme for 20112015, conducted intensive work on the security protection of archival fonds, strengthening of material, technical and resources basis in archives, the formation and acquisition of the National Archival Holdings of the Republic of Belarus. The important directions were, as before, the provision of information service to users, use of archival records, provision of information to government institutions and local self-government. The main directions of archive activities have been automatized, which makes possible a transfer to new, more effective methods of work.
At the same time there are many unsolved issues. Due to objective reasons, the reconstruction of a number of archive buildings have not been finished. The material and technical base of archives needs further development, etc. Belarusian archivists are expected to solve these tasks in the new year 2012.
23 December 2011
On 21 December 2011, within the framework of the New Year charity action Our Children, the deputy director at the Department for Archives and RM of the Justice Ministry of the Republic of Belarus O.A. Ledovskaya, the chairwomen of the primary trade union organizations at the National Historical Archives of the Republic of Belarus and the Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Science V.A. Khodina and I.N. Shpilevskaya, visited a Social Orphanage in the Sovetsky district in Minsk. The orphanage children were presented with New Year gifts.
12 December 2011
On 25 November 2011, President of Belarus signed the Law of the Republic of Belarus on Archives and Records Management in the Republic of Belarus. On 7 December, this law was published in the National Register of Legal Acts No. 136 and will become effective on 18 December 2011.
07 December 2011
On 6 December 2011, at the meeting of the ninth session the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus discussed a draft of the Law of the Republic of Belarus on Official Heraldic Symbols. The report on the issue was delivered by the Director of the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus V.I. Adamushko. Mr Adamushko noted that this Law is aimed at conducting a single government policy in the creation, establishment, state registration and use of official heraldic symbols and the legal regulation in this field.

The draft law was adopted by the deputies in first reading.
06 December 2011
On 29 November 2011, the National Technical Committee on Standardization TC BY 28 "Records Management" held a meeting in Minsk.

The key issue on the agenda was the discussion of the draft of the Preliminary State Standard of the Republic of Belarus STB P ISO 15489-1 "Information and Documentation - Records Management. Part 1. General Requirements".

The main focus at the meeting was terminological contradictions connected with the translation into Russian of Standard ISO 15489-1:2001 being passed in the Republic of Belarus. The meeting participants had a vibrant discussion about the translation into Russian of such English terms as "record" and "document". In view of the necessity to define the translation of a number of other English terms (such as "procedure", "control", "retention") the voting on the final draft of STB P ISO 15489-1 was transferred to the next meeting of the technical committee.

The meeting supported the proposal by the Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Science (BelNIIDAD) to join the ISO technical committees on standardization in the field of documentation at international level and to submit the required documents to the State Committee for Standardization of the Republic of Belarus (Gosstandart).

The meeting participants approved the plan of standardization in records management for 2012 and discussed the report of the technical committee for 2011.
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