The International Council on Archives are reminding people from all over the world that archives continue to be accessible, even though the buildings are closed to the public.

The vital role of archives and records services cannot be underestimated in these challenging times, and they continue to operate to facilitate business and government operations.

How do you make a decision, provide health care services or keep economies moving without accurate information and data? That’s where archivists, records managers and information managers come into play. Without archives businesses, civil society, government and other international organisations could not operate.

Archive services are adapting to new realities and service delivery models, not without difficulty, but still responding to the needs of ensuring the governance of public and private organisations. They are vital to keeping businesses and government moving, even though staff may be working from home. They are trying to work in distributed digital environments, while ensuring that employees and decision-makers can continue to access records and data to keep things moving.

The International Council on Archives have developed a digital map to tell the community what archives and records services are doing and what is accessible. You can search the map to find online exhibitions, digital catalogues, specific digital collections or a crowd-sourcing project that you can take part in while you are #StayHome.

Here is the link to access to the digital map: Digital map

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