At its core, the mission of the Archivists Round Table of New York (A.R.T.) is to educate, promote, and advocate for the awareness and preservation of archival collections and the professionals who work with these collections. As an extension, the Advocacy Committee serves as the unifying voice of the association by reporting on local, state, national, and international issues that impact archives and archivists; supporting equality and diversity within the profession; and providing resources and knowledge that can be used to strengthen the archives community, its repositories, and the general public by keeping informed of policies and legislation that directly impact services and access to information.
Issues of importance:
- Government accountability, including reforms in access to public records and greater transparency and accountability at all levels of government
- Citizens’ rights, including access to information, such as Freedom of Information (FOIA) laws and the right to privacy, as well as questions surrounding government surveillance
- Government legislation and its impact on the archives community, including issues involving funding, resource allocation, and access to services
- Copyright and intellectual property rights, including redrafting Section 108 of the copyright law, knowledge of Orphan Works, and other protections afforded under intellectual property mandates
- Support of metropolitan area archivists and cultural heritage collections, including awareness of issues faced by repositories of all sizes; rally and campaign in response to funding cutbacks; endorse educational initiatives for archives and within the archives profession; advance policies that address diversity and equality; and ensure the enduring health and stability of historic records through proactive alliances amongst repositories.
The Advocacy Committee maintains an active web presence, providing updated information about Current Actions, as well as Advocacy Resources for Archivists.
Are your prepared for the worst? If not, check out our page on Resources for Disaster Planning and Emergency Collections Assistance.
Member Advocacy in Action: Contact your elected representatives and let them know the importance of archives to their constituents and communities. Check out the list of resources and contacts.
New members are encouraged to join. Please contact the Director of the Advocacy Committee
for more information and meeting times and locations.