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What is ACARM?



Commonwealth countries share common legal and administrative traditions as well as common historical experience and a common language; the Association of Commonwealth Archivists and Records Managers (ACARM) provides a vehicle for sharing strategies and for addressing professional issues of concern to its members. With the rapid advent of computer technology, the challenges facing records managers and archivists, in terms of automating records systems and managing electronic records, are becoming increasingly complex. ACARM is a valuable vehicle for sharing solutions. It is expected that as more and more members are able to access the World Wide Web, it will be possible to share solutions electronically.

The Association of Commonwealth Archivists and Records Managers (ACARM) was founded in 1984 to provide a link for archival institutions, archivists and records managers across the Commonwealth. What makes this link especially important is the common heritage of legal and administrative systems, and hence of record keeping practices, which the countries of the Commonwealth share with each other and with the United Kingdom.

In furtherance of its objectives ACARM has established a network of Commonwealth professionals in its field and has used that network to develop a practical strategy for solving record keeping problems in public administration. This has involved a number of developmental projects concerned with promoting professional education and training through workshops and the production of training materials. In these activities ACARM has in recent years worked in partnership with the International Records Management Trust (IRMT).




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