The Friends of the National Archives is a voluntary organization that provides support and assistance as required for developing the National Archives. There is also a National Archives Ad-Hoc committee that was established to advise the staff of the National Archives. Click here for more information on the Friends of the National Archives.
Although there is a distinction between a Records Centre and Archives, successful National Archives programmes manage records through their entire life cycle. In the Virgin Islands it has been recommended that the National Archives and the National Records Centre be housed on the same property so the management continuum is unhindered by distance between facilities.
Unlike libraries where patrons are permitted to browse through stacks and borrow books, Archives normally do not allow access to storage areas by researchers, nor are researchers allowed to take irreplaceable records out on loan.
While similar, the jobs differ since records managers are usually responsible for records from the creation of the record to the disposal (destruction or transfer to the Archives). Archivists are typically responsible for records transferred to the Archives and are concerned with the appraisal of records, their permanent preservation and the administration of their availability for consultation.
Archivists are people professionally occupied in the administration and/or management of archives
Yes. Christopher Varlack was hired as the first Government Archivist in September 2007. Additionally, the Chief Records Management Officer is also an archivist and the Archives Project Coordinator. Furthermore, while the Archives was under the care of the Public Library from the 1980’s to 2004, Chief Librarian Bernadine Louis and Library staff member Janice Blyden fulfilled Archivist tasks.
Records of permanent historical and cultural value are stored in The Archives; the mandate of which is to serve as the official repository to preserve, arrange, describe and subsequently make available the records in its care for research and reference.
With respect to "archives" these are records, usually but not necessarily non-current records, of continuing value selected for permanent preservation. "Archives" usually refers to the building (or part thereof) and the systems of administration and/or management for the preservation and consultation of the "archives".
As the Records Management Unit is small and the RM programme is still in its fledgling stages, the following is a list of the career posts one could eventually expect to see operating in the Virgin Islands:
Actually, we are all records managers to some degree. Whether in our personal lives or professional careers, we all manage records of some sort whether they are emails, bills, checks, vouchers, correspondence, proposals, music, videos, photographs or any other document that records what we do in our daily lives. As such, learning solid records management techniques can help enhance the quality of our life and those around us by giving us skills that make us more efficient, effective and helpful in whatever we do.