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    ARMA @ Noon Meeting - June 12, 2018 - POSTPONED

    June 12, 2018
    12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
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    Kelley Drye and Warren
    101 Park Avenue, 27th floor
    New York, NY 10178

    United Nations Secretariat: Archives and Records Management: supporting recordkeeping in peace operations:  risk, challenges, and, yes, success!

    The talk will provide a brief introduction to the UN Archives and Records Management UN Archives and Records Management Section and recordkeeping issues that arise when working for the United Nations rather than in a national context. This will be followed by an overview of the ARMS’ work with peace operations, first a summary of the archives in ARMS’ custody, then a look at the landmark review of peacekeeping in 2000 and its huge impact on ARMS.  We’ll move quickly onto today’s field operations information management environment: its technologies, people, and the international political decisions that have direct consequences on UN recordkeeping.  Finally, a look at how ARMS’ is handling the ‘deluge’ of digital archives coming its way.

    Takeaways will include:

    • Building trust between information professionals that took more than 10 years, but it has paid off
    • SharePoint: in the UN it is inevitable – we have to work with it
    • Proportionality: very few records need to be managed to a gold standard. Identify the ones that do.
    • Privilege, responsibility, commitment: archives of the UN are the witness to the past, often all that is left of victims of the worst of humankind.


    Bridget Sisk is Chief of the Archives and Records Management Section (ARMS) for the United Nations Secretariat, a position she has held for 12 years.  Bridget joined ARMS 20 years ago as a junior archivist, and went on to head up and develop the Section’s records management programme and advisory services before being appointed Chief.  Bridget obtained a Master’s degree in public history and archival studies from the University of Massachusetts in 1986, after which she worked in the photo archives of the Getty Center in California prior to moving to New York to take up a position at the History Center of the American Institute of Physics.  Bridget’s recent work has often been focused on information management in peace operations, and prior to that preparing for the winding down and archives management of the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the Former Yugoslavia.  Bridget has been active in the International Council on Archive’s Section of Archivists of International Organisations.

    Cash will not be accepted at the door.

    Registration includes a lunch. If you have specific dietary needs, please contact [email protected]

    Note: To receive Member pricing, you must log on and register for the event using your ARMAInternational email address. If this is first time logging on to new ARMA Metro NYC website, you must create a new password by clicking "Forgot username/password?" and following the instructions.

    Dress Code: Business Casual Attire

    Partnering and sponsorship opportunities for this and other ARMA Metro NYC events are available. To learn more, contact Cindy Zuvich at [email protected].



    $20.00 Member Ticket

    $20.00 Non-Member Ticket