Rusnah Johare

Areas of Expertise: Records Management, Archives Administration, Digital Preservation, Preservation of Corporate Memory, Oral History, Research in Records Management and Archives Administration.

Rusnah Johare, Ph.D. Records and Information Management (Northumbria University, UK), Master in Overseas Records Management (University College London), Certificate in Archival Studies (University College London), B.A. Honors–History (Universiti Sains Malaysia).

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rusnah Johare has many years of professional and academic experience in records and archives management field, ranging from job as an archivist at the National Archives of Malaysia for 14 years to her position as an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Information Management, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Malaysia until March 2014.  

She has participated actively in the ‘Colonial Oral History Project’ in the United Kingdom and Records Management Workshop in Canada, United Kingdom, Malta, the Netherlands, Sierra Leone and South Africa.  Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rusnah has a close association with the International Records Management Trust (IRMT), London when she was appointed as a regional Education Adviser to an international project on the Management of Public Sector Records, which involved developing a package of 31 volumes for shared international use.

Recognizing the significance of Malaysia’s approach to electronic government and the implications for electronic records management, the IRMT worked with the Government of Malaysia on two initiatives for which Dr. Rusnah was an adviser.  Firstly, a video film was produced on the ‘The Right to Evidence: Electronic Governance and Access to Official Records in Malaysia’. Secondly, the IRMT contributed to the development of the ‘e-SPARK’ project in 2001.  The project was developed in order to lay the foundation for managing electronic records in Malaysian government departments.  This was a joint initiative between the Government of Malaysia, the IRMT and IBM.

Dr. Rusnah was awarded funding by the British Government to pursue a Ph.D. at the University of Northumbria Newcastle in 2001.  The following year, the IRMT invited her to participate in a Global Forum on the management of electronic public sector records, which was held in South Africa as part of a project on ‘Evidence Based Governance in the Electronic Age’, which was funded by the World Bank.

She has presented papers at national and international conferences organized by the International Council on Archives, International Research on Permanent Authentic Records in Electronic Systems (InterPARES) and other organizations and published articles in national and international records and information management journals.  Her activities included:

  • Her appointment as TEAM Malaysia Director of InterPARES 3, a project developed by the University of British Colombia in Vancouver, Canada, starting in 2008.  This work continues through a new phase, which involves a study of managing records in the cloud computing environment in which the IRMT is also involved.
  • Her appointment as a member of Records Management Standard Technical Committee of Standard Malaysia, beginning in 2008, which has involved relating international standards to requirements in Malaysia.
  • Her appointment as a Records Management Expert for Sarawak State Government, from 2011, which has involved research projects, developing systems and practices and introducing training programs.  Similarly, she has developed training programs for the Sabah State Archives.

Most recently, Dr. Rusnah contributed to an international planning meeting for a global curriculum on digital preservation, which is being organised by UNESCO in 2013 and she has been invited to teach at the renowned Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, in Riyadh Saudi Arabia beginning September 2014.