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INVITATION TO VOLUNTEER ARCHIVISTS

The Historical Archive of Refugee Hellenism of the Municipality of Kalamaria is the only public institution in Northern Greece that deals with the research, the preservation of historical documents and the dissemination of the history of refugees. The research objects are: the refugees of the Asia Minor Catastrophe, the Hellenism of Eastern Romelia, Constantinople, Imbros and Tenedos, the Greek Cypriot refugees after the Turkish invasion and occupation in 1974, as well as the Greek expatriates.

HARH, recognizing the value of volunteerism and constantly seeking to feed back its relationship with modern society, is open to volunteers who wish to offer their services to it. To date, a large number of volunteers have been employed, who, in collaboration with permanent or temporary staff, have produced work with impressive results, both qualitatively and quantitatively. It is thus demonstrated that, with the right guidance and with the help of personal passion, enthusiasm, specific knowledge and individual skills, volunteers can become a force to be reckoned with for our organization.

But the volunteers themselves can also benefit in many ways (enriching their CVs, gaining knowledge and experience, practical training in their field of study, making worthy their free time, strengthening interpersonal relationships).

The Historical Archive of Refugee Hellenism organizes a volunteer work program in Archiving and Library Science and invites students and graduates of the following university departments to participate:

1. Archiving, Library & Information Systems of the Ionian University,

2. Archiving, Library & Information Systems of the International Hellenic University,

3. Archiving, Library & Information Systems of the University of West Attica.

The volunteers will be engaged in: A. cataloging of old and new titles of the HARH with the KOHA management software, B. classifying and archiving the municipal archive of Kalamaria and other archival collections.

The volunteer work will take place under the guidance of the archivist of HARH, Ms Angeliki Liponi and will take place in the halls of HARH and in an area of the Municipality of Kalamaria. The group of volunteers will include up to 7 people, for the selection of which a priority order will be observed. The minimum time of employment in this program is 150 hours, which must be completed within 3 months. The days and hours of work will be in the mornings and will be discussed at the first meeting of the volunteer team. Program duration: 10 November 2020 – 10 January 2021. A certificate of participation in the program and a letter of recommendation will be provided by HARH.

Those interested can register at iape1@otenet.gr and by calling 2310 432091, between 9.00 and 14.00, Monday to Friday. Please state your full name, status (school of study or graduation) and telephone number. Applications will be accepted until Friday 23 October.

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