Guest post from ACA Vice President Jordan Bass
Jordan Bass is archivist at the Faculty of Medicine Archives at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. In this blog post, he explains his involvement with, and commitment to, the Association of Canadian Archivists.
In two short months, archivists from across Canada will begin arriving in Montreal for the annual ACA conference where they will engage in conversation about the future of our profession and debate archival concepts both new and old. The Program and Host committees have outdone themselves and I’m looking forward to my first ACA conference in Montreal. This will also be my first ACA conference as Vice-President. While I was elected as VP just last summer, I have been involved with the ACA since I was a student. I first joined the ACA as an e-Student, was an ACA mentee, and attended the 2010 ACA Institute on Personal Archives led by the one-and-only Catherine Hobbs. I later served as a volunteer on the Outreach Committee, the 2013 Conference Host Committee where I built the first ACA conference app, and chaired the Membership Development Committee. I was also tasked with “live tweeting” from the floor of the Canadian Archives Summit, but that’s a tale for another day.
Since taking on the VP role, I’ve been reviewing the ACA’s internal policy and procedural documents as they relate to the everyday business of our association. From by-laws, nomination guidelines, elections and voting policies, to codes-of-conduct, meeting minutes, and budgets, there is no shortage of homework. And let me just say that you truly have not lived until you’ve read the Canadian not-for-profit Corporations Act. As you go through these governing documents and association reports, however, you can’t help but notice how the ACA has grown over the years, how far we’ve come, and where we still have to go as a profession. Closely aligned with the VP role are the chair duties of the Governance Committee where I have been extremely fortunate to work with an incredible team who are well versed in how a professional association conducts its business effectively and efficiently.
Volunteer recruitment, canvassing for nominations, and working with committees on special initiatives has provided me with an opportunity to interact with archivists from across Canada and has given me a new appreciation of how much incredible work is being done not only in terms of heritage initiatives, but in areas such as digital asset preservation, access & privacy, and institutional data management as well.
I’ll close by encouraging all delegates at the ACA Conference to attend the Members Input Session on June 2 (my birthday) as well as the Annual General Meeting, which precedes the always-entertaining Dinner & Dance on June 4.
Vice-President | Association of Canadian Archivists / Association canadienne des archivistes
*Winner of the unofficial ACA 2015 Dance-off