Guest post from Krisztina Laszlo, ACA Director-at-Large
When I look back on my seventeen years as an archivist, I cannot believe they have flown by so quickly! The job, coupled with the opportunity to work with my amazing and inspirational colleagues from across Canada and beyond, makes it truly a labour of love. That I also get to hang out with the cool kids (yes, archivists are the cool kids) make it even more amazing. I volunteered to be on the ACA Board because I wanted to continue to work with the archival community in a more comprehensive manner and to help ensure that we remain a vibrant and dynamic professional community. A community that is dear to my heart.
A bit about me: I graduated from the UBC Master of Archival Studies Program in 1999, worked briefly at the Simon Fraser University Archives before returning to UBC in a joint position as Archivist for the UBC Museum of Anthropology and the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery (UBC’s contemporary art gallery). In September 2014, I moved to my current position as Archivist for UBC’s Rare Books and Special Collections unit.
I come to my first term as Director at Large with the ACA with varied archival volunteer experience. I’ve served on three ACA Conference Program Committees – St. John’s (2006), Victoria (2014) and Regina (2015). I was also the membership secretary for the Special Interest Section on Aboriginal Archives from 2003 to 2009. On the provincial front, I have been active with the Archives Association of British Columbia as a member of the Executive Committee (2004 – 2006), as chair and then member of the Grants Committee (2004 – 2011), and worked on the Membership Committee (2006 – 2008). I have also participated in the ACA Mentorship program over the years and offered my – I hesitate to say wisdom – to student archivists. Let’s just call it the experience and knowledge of a mid-career archivist.
My Director’s portfolio includes responsibility for the ACA Student Chapters, Special Interest Sections, the Membership Development Committee and the Outreach Committee. Only a few months into my official term of two years I can say that I absolutely made the right decision to take on more responsibility with the ACA. My fellow board members are a truly wonderful and dedicated bunch, and, from what I hear, we are going to burn up the dance floor in Montreal!
Hope to see you all there!
Director At Large | Association of Canadian Archivists / Association canadienne des archivistes