National archives are often at the forefront in preserving the
cultural heritage of the world, one nation at a time. However,
not all archives are on equal footing. Archives’ abilities to
govern, preserve, and provide access to invaluable records is
impacted by colonialism and post-colonialism, access to
technology, and natural and man-made disasters. In this panel
discussion, join researchers of the International Directory of
National Archives (IDNA) as they share insights from their
research of national archives around the world and the national
treasures the archives govern, preserve, and share.
iSchool students share experiences as researchers for the International Directory of National Archives, edited by Dr. Pat Franks and Dr. Anthony Bernier. IDNA will serve archivists, historians, and researchers with information about 198 national archives. Slated for publication in 2018, IDNA has allowed iSchool students and alumni to conduct research on how nations manage and preserve their documentary heritage and to contribute to a work that will share their findings with a wide audience.