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24 April 2009
Between 25 April and 17 June, the Department for Archives and Records Management of the Republic of Belarus and the Belarusian Research Centre for Electronic Records conduct training workshops in mastering software tools for the Unified Automated Archival Information System (AIS), in particular the most complicated sofware packages "Records Maintenance" and "Preservation".

21 April 2009
The Department for Archives and Records Management under the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Belarus, the Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Studies, the Archives and RM Division of the Vitebsk Region Executive Committee and the National Archives of the Republic of Belarus organize an international scholarly conference "The past and the present: archives in the system of humanitarian knowledge" celebrating 100th anniversary of the Vitebsk Scholarly Archival Commission to be held in Minsk on 20 May 2009.

Conference themes:

Archives in Eastern Europe in historical and social retrospective

• Archive science in East European countries in the Middle Ages and at the present time
• Documentary heritage of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania as a subject of research into historical sources, documentation, archives, and archival publications
• "Provincial archives" and scholarly archival commissions in the Russian Empire
• Private and religious archives
• Vitebsk and its historical role in the development of archive science in Belarus (the Vitebsk Central Archives of Early Records, the Vitebsk Scholarly Archival Commission, the Vitebsk division of the Moscow Archaeological Institute)
• The Soviet experience of archives development: the present view

The role of archives in modern society

• The need for historical records in modern society. Archives and law
• Documentary collections in museums and libraries. Practices and potentialities of their use. Perspectives of cooperation between archives, museums and libraries
• Agency archives: the current state and procedural guidance
• The Special Documentation Archive at the modern stage
• Issues of records acquisition at the state archives. Adequacy and sufficiency of documentary sources in contemporary history. Records appraisal: practical and procedural aspects
• Impact of information technologies on archive business in theory and practice. An electronic record as an object of state preservation and historical source
• Problems of archival records maintenance and preservation in present conditions
• Use and access to archival records
• Archive science and special historical disciplines (archaeography, genealogy, heraldry etc.). Archival source studies
• International cooperation in archive business. Restitution of archival documents
• Archivists professional training and social status: problematic aspects

Working languages are Belarusian, Russian.

All expenses are covered by the sending institution.

The following information should be sent to the organizing committee's address before 1 April 2009 (mark "Conference"):
• Name
• Institution address and telephone/fax
• E-mail
• Report title
• Hotel accommodation if needed (single, two-bed, three-bed rooms).

Conference papers are scheduled to be published. The organizing committee strongly recommends participants to submit their texts in advance in paper and electronic form, MS Win Word 6,0 or higher, Times New Roman Cyr, 12 point, 1.5 interval.

Organizing committee:

Belarusian Research Institute of Records Management and Archival Studies

55 Kropotkina St., Minsk 220002, BELARUS
Tel./fax 286-75-27; 286-09-51

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