The Forum of National Archivists (FAN) is a section of the International Council on Archives (ICA). It is empowered by the ICA Constitution to develop high-level strategic responses to the contemporary challenges of managing archives.
FAN is autonomous, and collaborates with the ICA through the FAN President’s membership of the ICA’s Executive Board and Programme Commission. It aims to support all members of the ICA in ways that may be applied by all levels of membership, and not just those eligible for membership of FAN. Working closely with the ICA, FAN provides an opportunity for national archivists to share their diverse knowledge and expertise, for the benefit of archives globally.
A long-standing forum, FAN advocates for: good archival management, the physical protection of recorded heritage, producing reputable standards and best practices, and encouraging dialogue, exchange, and transmission of this knowledge and expertise on a global scale.
At the FAN Reboot meeting at the ALA-ICA Conference in Mexico City, 2017, FAN members agreed their programme of transformation under three key areas of focus: Administration, Activity and Advocacy.