The consultation in 2014 resulted in the development of a new direction for the SCA. It identified the priorities for the archives and records management sector in Scotland and how SCA could most effectively help to deliver those priorities as well as continue to act as the lead independent advocacy body for the sector. The direction is encapsulated in six strategic goals that provide the framework for everything we do:
- Promote joint working by service providers in order to build capacity and create and support mutually beneficial partnerships.
- Actively encourage the development and appointment of individuals from the sector to senior decision-making roles.
- Identify and support workforce development.
- Support the Scottish sector in its development of the capacity and organisational sponsorship to effectively identify, curate and make accessible digital information in perpetuity.
- Support the Scottish sector to develop the capacity and organisational sponsorship to develop relevant and valued online services.
- Lead advocacy in Scotland for the sector’s role in cultural heritage, business efficiency, and individual and community identity.
We also have a new Vision Statement – ‘Leading Scotland’s archives and records management community to inspire and inform the nation’ – and Mission Statement - ‘Working with the sector and other associates to develop services and realise their potential for users’.
Corporate & Business Plans 2015-18
The Corporate Plan sets out the overall direction for a three-year period, while the Business Plan gives in more detail what will be achieved within a financial year (April 2015-March 2016). The Business Plan is about the hands-on, practical commitments underpinning delivery of individual projects that each contributes to SCA’s strategic direction. What follows is a brief summary of what we hope to achieve this year (the numbers refer to the Strategic Goals, Objectives and Associated Actions detailed in the Plan at: www.scottisharchives.org.uk/documents/cbp/cbp-2015-18.pdf).
- 1.1.1 Explore the practicalities of a collections policy or protocol agreed between archive collecting bodies that, among other things, embeds an approach more clearly representative of changes in Scottish society.
- 1.1.2 Work with CREATe to deliver workshops on recent developments in copyright and related issues and represent Scotland at international forums.
- 1.2.1 Provide decision-makers with up-to-date information on archives and records management services and on SCA.
- 1.3.1 Promote Scotland’s genealogy offer.
- 2.1.1 Identify opportunities within and outside the sector that would equip professional staff to develop skills.
- 3.1.1-3 Promote skills within the sector.
- 3.2.1 Support the annual Archives and Records Association Archive Volunteering Award.
- 4.1.1 Work with the Digital Preservation Coalition and National Records of Scotland on strategic digital preservation issues.
- 5.1.1 Work towards the creation of an online archives catalogue.
- 6.1.1 Put in place a profile-raising PR and communications strategy that addresses the needs of SCA and the sector.
- 6.1.2 Support and celebrate quality and standards in archives - Public Records (Scotland) Act 2011 implementation, ARMS and SCARRS, Heritage Lottery Fund ‘Giving Value’ training courses and ARA ‘Don’t Risk It! Know Your Records’ campaign.
- 6.1.3 Promoting understanding of and best practice in archives preservation.
- 6.2.1 Promote understanding and use of the Economic Impact Tool and secure robust statistics.
- 6.3.1-5 To promote understanding of Scotland’s archival heritage, especially through education and cultural and learning partnerships.
As in previous years, the Business Plan for 2015-16 is challenging - to the SCA and to its partner organisations and individuals. However, at its core sits a simple reality, namely that strength and effectiveness are to be found in mutually beneficial co-operation and support. A sector with that approach can deliver a range of initiatives, raise the profile of archives and show the relevance of archives and records management to the functioning of modern government and society in Scotland.