Archival Training Will Help Preserve the Work of the Parliament and History of the Country

Oct 3, 2013

imageInês Soares, Archivist for the National Parliament works with Helena Medeiros, Advisor Specialist for Archives. Photo: Jeanne Finestone/UNDP TL

Dili – Three Parliament staff members recently completed training on modern archiving methods in an important effort to preserve for all time the past, current and future work of the National Parliament. The weeklong programme was designed to increase participants’ understanding of the international standards of archiving as outlined by the International Council of Archives which promotes international cooperation in archiving. (Lee versaun Tetum iha ne'e)

Archivist Inês Soares and Librarians Celina Maria de Jesus and Domingo Branco Gonçalves participated in the course, which was offered as part of UNDP’s Strengthening the Institutional Capacity of the National Parliament project, is funded by the European Union. Both the Parliamentary Archive and the Parliamentary  Library are part of the same unit within the Parliament and this training will enable to two Librarians to accurately describe historical documents for later archiving.

“This special training was a great opportunity to learn the theoretical and practical basis of modern archiving “, said Mrs. de Jesus. “I believe the whole training programme was very useful for enlarging our capacity to do our jobs and preserving the history of the Parliament and the country.

There are three parts to the training programme. The recently completed first part focused on basic principles, methodologies and standards. Part Two, scheduled to begin at the end of October 2014 will be practical, on-the-job training and will include testing of the skills already taught. The final component will be a training session at the National Archive of Portugal for those who satisfactorily pass the tests during the Part Two.