Comma

The Hiroshima University Archives, Japan

Comma (2013), 2013, (1), 79–84.

Abstract

Japanese university archives are categorised into four groups: (1) quasi-public archives; (2) university history compilers; (3) memorial libraries of the founders; and (4) alumni service providers. Although many fall into the second category, the quasi-public-type archives are most likely to increase in number because of the 2009 Public Records and Archives Management Act (PRAMA) that was fully implemented in 2011. The Hiroshima University Archives (HUA), established in 2004, are subject to PRAMA. The HUA is responsible for corporate document management of university records from their current to non-current stage and has the following strategic objectives: (i) to practice efficient document management, (ii) to promote the university, (iii) to contribute to education and research, (iv) to build a university identity, (v) to foster a strong partnership with the local community, and (vi) to continuously dispatch information. HUA provides a unique business model for university archives: it satisfies both functions of institutional and collecting archives, along with carrying out education and research activities.

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Koike, Seiichi