As an archivist, I was fascinated to learn that, for more than a century, Spanish families have kept certificates of birth, marriage, guardianship, citizenship and so forth in a collective document known as the “Libro de Familia”, which is essential for administrative procedures such as applying for an identity card, processing maternity leave or applying for unemployment benefits. But the family record book will now be replaced by an online file. From 1 May, every new-born baby will be registered online and all the facts relating to their identity and civil life will be recorded in the same document. The online file will have a personal code linking it to the individual’s national identity card and information will be uploaded automatically. Existing family record books will not be updated. Previously this involved a visit to the Civil Registry, so the new system will help to streamline processes and access to information. However, in many smaller towns, not all the Civil Registry offices have been sufficiently computerised to deal with the changes, so it could take a while for some individual documents to be issued. An interesting change, therefore, but one in which not all the consequences have been thought through in advance!
Delighted to attend the launch of Margaret Crockett’s new book, “The No-nonsense Guide to Archives and Recordkeeping” at the British Library last night and to have the opportunity to catch up with old friends and colleagues after entertaining short talks from David Leitch (Secretary-General, International Council on Archives), Alison North (Director, AN Ltd), and Iain Brown (IT Security Consultant). David gave an entertaining overview of the international archive and records management scene, whilst Alison’s talk was all about information governance and how the use of that phrase is far more ‘sexy’ than records management but, nevertheless, the route to ensuring that better RM is in place! Iain followed up with an interesting and amusing account of current challenges such as cyber theft, which tied in much of what the previous two speakers had said.
The book is a practical guide for those just starting out in the profession or who have no formal training and is based on the excellent training days run by Margaret and her business partner Janet Foster as The Archive-Skills Consultancy Ltd. More details on Margaret’s book here – http://www.facetpublishing.co.uk/title.php?id=048552#.VqddsyqLTIU
Whilst on the subject of new books, another friend, James Earlby, has brought out an e-book about corporate governance in the football world, which is based on his Master’s dissertation in Corporate Governance. And, as we all know, good recordkeeping has its part to play in corporate governance! For more on James’ book – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corporate-Governance-Performance-Scottish-Football-ebook/dp/B01AC1H98M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1452586610&sr=8-1&keywords=corporate+governance+and+firm+performance+in+english+and+scottish+football
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