Newcastle University’s Special Collections and Archives service awarded Archive Service Accreditation

A UK-wide quality standard, Archive Service Accreditation provides a benchmark for gauging performance, recognising achievement and driving improvement within the archive sector.

Ian Johnson and Geraldine Hunwick (Senior Archivist, Special Collections & Archives)The award gives the University's Special Collections and Archives service national recognition for the standard of service it provides and places it amongst other accredited archival services including the Natural History Museum and National Portrait Gallery.

In its assessment report the accreditation panel noted: "It is evident that the service provides a real and recognised asset to the University in supporting teaching, research, learning and widening participation." The report went on to commend the Library's written submission which, it said, "gave a picture of an effective and well managed service."

Commenting on the award, Ian Johnson, Head of Special Collections and Archives said: "We are thrilled to have received this national recognition. It marks the culmination of an incredible amount of work by the whole team to review and enhance our service provision. Having Accredited Archive status means we and our users can be confident that the unique and distinctive collections in our care are being curated to the highest standards."

Jill Taylor-Roe, Director of Academic Services and University Librarian added: "This award is another milestone in our strategy to leverage the impact of Special Collections and Archives in the service of scholarship and engagement.

Accredited Archive Service logo"To have achieved this within months of securing UNESCO International Memory of the World status for the prestigious Gertrude Bell Archive is a fantastic achievement. I am incredibly proud of Ian Johnson, Geraldine Hunwick, and the rest of the Special Collections and Archives team."

Special Collections and Archives supports the University's teaching, research and engagement activity by collecting, preserving and promoting access to unique and distinctive books and archives, which it makes available not only to the academic community but to the wider public. These rich collections are also of great importance to our vibrant and award-winning educational outreach programme for local schools.

Professor Michael Rossington, from the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, said: "It's a thoroughly deserved outcome, the result of huge commitment, great talent and hard work on the part of Library staff. It's wonderful and very exciting news for the University as a whole and for researchers working on larger archival projects."

Image caption (above): Ian Johnson and Geraldine Hunwick (Senior Archivist, Special Collections & Archives)

Published on: 27th April 2018

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