FAN Virtual Conversations – Virtual Programme

The Forum of National Archivists (FAN) has organized a series of virtual conversations (#FANVC) taking place from 5-7 April 2022. We look forward to seeing you all there! 

Day 1 is going to kick off with a panel titled “Changing to stay relevant”. This panel will feature Leslie Weir, Librarian and Archivist of Canada, Emma de Ramón Acevedo, Director of the National Archives of Chile and David Fricker, President of the ICA. The session will be chaired by Jeff James, Chief Executive and Keeper of the UK National Archives & President of FAN. The panel will discuss their strategic aims, the ways and steps to make meaningful change, and the challenges and opportunities they've experienced and continue to face. This will be followed by a panel titled “The Politics of Digitization: New Technologies on Old Ideologies”, and featuring representatives from four National Archives (Chile, Congo, Trinidad and Tobago, and Suriname), as well as two organizations (Archives Portal Europe and The University of West Indies). This panel will be chaired by the director of the National Archives of Chile. 

Day 2 will also feature two panels, the first of which it titled “New technologies to solve old problems”. This panel will feature presentations from the following National Archives: Australia, Nepal, Denmark, and Canada, and will be chaired by the director of the National Archives of Cameroon. The second panel, titled “Federating the resources for enhanced access”, will feature presentations on European Digital Treasures, Archives Portal Europe and ICARUS platforms (Monasterium, Matricula, Topotheque). This session will be chaired by Leslie Weir, Librarian and Archivist of Canada. 

The final day of Virtual Conversations will close with two panels. The first will feature presentations from Masakazu Nakada, Senior Vice President of the National Archives of Japan and Paweł Pietrzyk, General Director of the Polish State Archives. This session, titled “Resilient Records and Archives Management”, will be chaired by Stephen Clarke, Chief Archivist, e Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga, Archives New Zealand. The final session, titled “A collaborative approach for the renewal of a national archival system. The French example”, will feature numerous presenters from France, who will discuss how in recent years, France has changed its approach to public digital archive management. The result has been a whole new vision and new processes based on new technologies and new working methods conducive to improvement in both the management and the curation of public digital archives. This session will be chaired by the Assistant Director of Digital and Preservation of the National Archives of France. 

Check out the entire programme here. 


We would like to say a special thanks to our colleagues from 19 countries, 5 continents and close to 30 organisations, who will share their experience and expertise with us! 

#FANVC will include live interpretation in Spanish and French. 

Please note that registration closes TODAY, March 29th.