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Memento : Issue 26
It’s hard to believe that nearly four years have passed since Cathy Freeman fulfilled the hopes of a nation and the dream of her lifetime by winning the 400 metres final at the Sydney Olympics in 49.11 seconds. Sporting images abound in our collection due to the Australian government’s financial support for sport in general and for our Olympic team in particular. Just click on to Photosearch via our website. Roll on Athens! National Archives contacts National Reference Service Tel: 1300 886 881 Fax: 1300 886 882 Email: email@example.com World War I service records Email: firstname.lastname@example.org World War II service records Email: email@example.com Memento is a free publication of the National Archives of Australia. It is issued three times a year in hard copy and online. To subscribe, fax, phone or email us (see details below). Subscriptions: Tel: (02) 6212 3609 Fax: (02) 6212 3914 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Editorial inquiries: Tel: (02) 6212 3923 Email: email@example.com Address: Queen Victoria Terrace Parkes ACT 2600 PO Box 7425 Canberra Business Centre ACT 2610 Internet: www.naa.gov.au/publications NAA: A1635, K4/3/93/171 2 MEMENTO News from the National Archives The National Archives is an Australian government agency. Over the last ten years, the National Archives has brought about enormous improvements in the way our collection is preserved and made accessible for all Australians. Our role in advising government on good recordkeeping has strengthened with the release of innovative recordkeeping products, training and services. Readers may wonder, what’s in store for the Archives in the future? Message from the Director-General, Ross Gibbs We’re about to release our Corporate Plan that sets out our objectives for the next three years, highlighting the ways that we’ll serve the public, support good recordkeeping, manage the collection and run the organisation. Building on our past achievements, we shall continue to preserve and manage the nation’s archival collection so that it is accessible and used by all who need it. Our touring exhibitions, websites and publications, education and events programs will interpret the collection for people across the country. With the assistance of our offices in every state and territory we are well placed to reach regional and remote audiences who are a high priority for the Archives. Providing reference services for researchers no matter where they are is essential. Information technology will make our collection increasingly available for people visiting our reading rooms and our websites. We shall support good recordkeeping throughout the Australian Government so that the right records are created and kept. The impact of new technology on recordkeeping presents all archives with major challenges. Our extensive research on electronic recordkeeping and digital preservation will enable us to provide expert advice in this field. Implementing our approach to preserving digital archives so that future generations can use them will be an essential task over the next few years. As Australia’s national archival organisa- tion, we play a vital leadership role within government, the cultural industry and the archival profession. This is an important priority for the organisation. We shall also collaborate closely with partners around the country and across the world to increase everyone’s understanding of the value and importance of archives. We have a bright future ahead of us, and our Corporate Plan will guide us to achieve our goals. The Corporate Plan is available from the Publications section on our website (naa.gov.au). Director-General Ross Gibbs May 2004 Issue 26 ISSN 1327-4155