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Professional Associations

South Africa
South African Society of Archivists (SASA)
SASA is the professional association for Archivists and Records Managers. SASA represents professionals working in the fields of archives and records management in South Africa. SASA has been in existence since 1960. Its overarching objective is the development of archival science and the promotion of the archival profession in South Africa. SASA seeks to represent and support practitioners of all fields of archival and records management work. Its membership is open to anyone who has an interest in archives and records management.

Oral History Association of South Africa (OHASA)
OHASA is a product of the post-1994 political transformation under the auspices of the Department of Arts and Culture. The seed that brought about the birth of OHASA was planted in 1999 when the then Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology (DACST) was mandated by Cabinet to conceptualise and spearhead the National Oral History Programme (NOHP) for South Africa.

Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA)
LIASA is a SAQA recognised Professional Body for the Library, Information and related sectors.  LIASA was launched on 10 July 1997 as a non-profit organisation (009-577NPO), uniting and representing all institutions and people working in libraries and information services in South Africa.

Knowledge Management South Africa (KMSA)
Knowledge Management South Africa is a society of knowledge management professionals who are passionate about moving their discipline forward in their organisations while investing in themselves. The society is a non-profit voluntary organisation governed by an elected management board, and hosted by an association management company for its day to day operations. The society supports the research and development of knowledge management practices in both private and public sectors.

South African Museums Association (SAMA)
The South African Museums Association has been in existence since 1936 and has a proud tradition of serving the museum community. The South African Museums Association is a non-profit professional association which aims to promote museums, museology and the museum profession in South Africa. It strives to protect, manage and create awareness of the cultural and natural heritage of all South Africans.

South African Society for Research In Music (SASRIM)
Emerging from the recognition that music research has historically been pursued in relatively distinct settings and intellectual traditions in our country, the objective of the Society is to facilitate dialogue and collaboration between all researchers in music, within and beyond academia, and the promotion, fostering and dissemination of such research.
Though the Society’s members are predominantly based in South Africa, the Society also welcomes members, collaborations and research into music in its broader Southern African, African continental and international contexts.

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Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC)
Founded in 1966, ARSC is a non-profit organization dedicated to research, study, publication, and information exchange surrounding all aspects of recordings and recorded sound. ARSC works to encourage the preservation of historical recordings, and to foster an increased awareness of the importance of recorded sound as part of any cultural heritage.

Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA)
AMIA is a non-profit professional association established to advance the field of moving image archiving by fostering cooperation among individuals and organizations concerned with the acquisition, preservation, exhibition and use of moving image materials.

International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF)
Founded in Paris in 1938, FIAF (from its French acronym “Fédération internationale des archives du film”) is a collaborative association of the world’s leading film archives. It is dedicated to the preservation of, and providing access to, the world’s film heritage.

International Federation of Television Archives (FIAT-IFTA)
FIAT-IFTA is an international professional association established to provide a means for co-operation between broadcast and national audiovisual archives and libraries concerned with the collection, preservation and exploitation of moving images, recorded sound materials and associated documentation.

Federation of Commercial Audiovisual Libraries (FOCAL International)
FOCAL International is a trade association with a membership of over 300 international companies and individuals. Its purpose is to facilitate the use of library footage, images, stills and audio in all forms of media production; promote its members – libraries selling content plus those whose serve the industry; provide a platform for members to promote themselves and their interests; encourage good practice in the research, licensing, copyright clearance and use of footage; support, promote and educate on the need to preserve and restore footage and content; act as an information resource for the footage and content industry; offer training in key skills and in the broader appreciation of the footage and content industry.

International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA)
IASA was established in 1969 in Amsterdam to function as a medium for international co-operation between archives that preserve recorded sound and audiovisual documents. IASA is a professional association and the authority that sets standards for the care, access, and long-term preservation of the world’s sound and audiovisual heritage. Through its active worldwide membership and training initiatives, IASA supports and advocates the development of best professional standards and practice amongst organisations and individuals that share these purposes.

International Council on Archives (ICA)
ICA is dedicated to the advancement of archives worldwide. Archives, by providing evidence of human activities and transactions, underlie the rights of individuals and states, and are fundamental to democracy and good governance. Archives safeguard the memory of mankind by preserving records of its past.
ICA African Regional Branches
ESARBICA – Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Branch
WARBICA – West African Regional Branch
CENARBICA – Central Africa Regional Branch

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
IFLA is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services     and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession.

Southeast Asia-Pacific Audiovisual Archive Association (SEAPAVAA)
The association aims to provide a regional forum for addressing common issues and concerns related to the collection and preservation of, and provision of access to, the audiovisual heritage of member countries.