Bermudian Archivist Elected to Caribbean Board

December 9, 2010

Bermudian archivist Karla Hayward was elected to the Executive Board of CARBICA at the Ninth General Assembly of the Caribbean Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives held in Trinidad last month.

Ms. Hayward will serve as Treasurer for the organization for the next four years. The election took place as archivists from sixteen Caribbean nations gathered in Port-au-Spain to elect a new board and to discuss programmes intended to focus on regional initiatives of benefit to all its member states. Ms. Hayward will work alongside CARBICA’s President, Dominique Taffin, Director of the Martinique Archives and a team of four to coordinate and support the organization’s objectives.

Ms. Hayward explained that during the five day conference two important initiatives emerged as being key to moving the organization’s agenda forward in the region. The first initiative called MIGAN (Memory of the Islands) was formulated by President Dominique Taffin and will develop a web portal to link common sources for all Caribbean archives. The second initiative, led by archivist Yulu Griffin Klein, will develop an archival task force for disaster preparedness in the region. Following her election, Ms. Hayward will also act as representative on the Board for the disaster preparedness project.

Ms. Hayward noted that the CARBICA conference was opened by the Honourable Winston Peters, Minister of the Arts and Multiculturalism for the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. The event featured a two day workshop on disaster preparedness led by Lori Foley of the U.S. based Northeast Document Conservation Center and an electronic records management workshop presented by representatives from the U.K. based Association of Commonwealth Archivists and Records Managers.

Minister of Public Information Services Neletha Butterfield said: “Ms. Hayward’s formal association with other Caribbean archives will reinforce the long historical ties that Bermuda has within the region and will benefit the Island through sharing resources and information of mutual interest.”

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  1. James says:

    If he was able to dodge the spells and curses of the Bermuda triangle, then he must be good. Have fun in Barbados!

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