When it comes to archives, more and more focus is being put on digital data and cloud storage. This may leave some with the impression that less talent and staff is needed to maintain a thorough and retrievable archival system. This interesting information came to us from The Canberra Times in their article, “National Archives confirms 10 jobs to go, admits to ‘decline’ in access to records.”

The National Archives of Australia is undergoing a downsizing, leaving it less able to give access to records. The agency that describes itself as Australia’s memory will lose another 10 staff this year after staffing cuts in 2017-18. Ironically, this comes as the archives faces more applications from researchers to access records.

The national institution, which houses government records and promotes good records management by Australian Public Service agencies, is facing budget cuts through a series of efficiency dividends and savings measures. This being the latest.

Melody K. Smith

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