Since 1983, ANLA has been active in providing and promoting education and training for archivists, providing advisory services, administering grants, publishing a regular newsletter, and promoting public awareness.
The Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives was formed from two parent organizations. The Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archivists (the original ANLA) was established in 1983. That ANLA represented individual archivists and general members; archival institutions were eligible for membership in the Newfoundland and Labrador Council of Archives, (NLCA), the organization established primarily for administering grants. ANLA and the NLCA were amalgamated in 1994 to form the current ANLA – the Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives.
The Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives (ANLA)’s mandate is to promote professional standards in procedures and practices and provide outreach to archives, archivists and individuals committed to the preservation of archival records in the province. ANLA also provides a network for communication among member institutions and represents the archival community of Newfoundland and Labrador in federal and provincial partnerships.
In fulfilment of its mandate, ANLA strives to:
- provide a forum for those working with the records of our past to discuss ideas and problems
- provide a network for archival cooperation throughout the province
- promote professional standards, procedures and practices
- provide continuing archival educational opportunities for members and the general public
- promote the role and use of archives
- coordinate projects of mutual interest among its members
- represent the provincial archival community in the national archival system
- cooperate with heritage and other interested organizations to further mutually beneficial objectives
- assess and report on the needs of the provincial archival community to government and other funding agencies.