ACA Occasional Papers

Web Publication No. 3Seeking Our Critical Vision: Speculations on the Past, Present, and Future of CAIN

Laura Millar, 19 May 2003

As part of a series of web publications on archival issues, the Association of Canadian Archivist has commissioned an examination of the nature of the CAIN network – and its future – particularly in relation to archival principles and concepts. In this essay, the author examines the current and future of CAIN in relation to archival theory, in hopes of raising questions and stimulating debate about key issues of interest to the Canadian archival community.

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Web Publication No. 2: An exploration of future technical options for CAIN

Tim Hutchinson, April 2003

The Canadian Archival Information Network was launched in 2001. As a growing network of fonds-level descriptions from archives in every province and territory, its development is a remarkable achievement made possible by several years of groundwork, including the pioneering efforts of several provincial archival networks and the development of the Rules for Archival Description (RAD). The focus of this paper will be on a discussion of future possibilities for the development of CAIN, particularly in terms of the maintenance and expansion of the database. This will also be an opportunity to provide a general introduction to some international metadata and technological initiatives relevant to CAIN and to archives in general.

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Occasional Papers Series

Price per copy for all occasional papers: member price $8 or non-member $10.

Guidelines for the Development of a two-year curriculum for a Master of Archival studies (1990) 25 pp. paper cover, ISBN 1-895382-00-9

These Guidelines define the body of knowledge of our profession and outline the ways and means of acquiring such knowledge. They were developed to provide practical guidance to educational institutions in the development of archival education programmes and activities in a university setting. Available in PDF only; click on the image at left to view this document.

Guidelines for the Development of Post-Appointment and Continuing Education and Training Programmes (1991) 48 pp. paper cover, ISBN 1-895382-02-05

These guidelines build upon the 1990 MAS curriculum guidelines. They provide a framework to implement post-appointment and continuing education for individuals who have been appointed as archivists but who have not had Master’s level education in archival theory and practice. The Guidelines aim to standardize opportunities for this training at the national and provincial/territorial levels and aim to provide a framework for the development of a clear, consistent, and coordinated programme of professional archival education and training at all levels in Canada. Available in PDF only; click on the image at right to view this document.


ACA Education Programme and Plan (1992) 27 pp. paper cover, ISBN 1-895382-10-6.

Education and training are essential elements in the development of any profession.  This is especially true in the rapidly changing world of the archival profession. The ACA has been a leader in archival education in Canada since its establishment in 1975.  This leadership role continues with the development of the ACA's Education Programme and Plan.   These guidelines outline the role of the ACA in providing training for members, outlining the development of standards for archival educations, through the delivery of continuing education and training opportunities, and by supporting the archival education infrastructure. Available in PDF only; click on the image at left to view this document.


The Monetary Appraisal of Archival Documents in Canada by S.D. Hanson. ACA (1992) 21 pp., paper cover, ISBN 1-895382-04-1.

Prepared for and published by the ACA, this publication introduces and discusses the underlying rationale and the criteria applied in establishing the fair market value of archival documents.


Promoting Archives: A Handbook by Anne ten Cate. ACA (1992) 26 pp., paper cover, ISBN1-895382-08-4.

Prepared for and published by the ACA, this occasional paper is a preliminary guide in the examination of the need for archivists to develop better ways of communicating the value of archives to sponsors, to reach out with more sophisticated tools to a wider audience, and to demonstrate the value of archives. The booklet is intended to encourage creative thinking about the promotion of archives.


Preparing For Monetary Appraisals: A Guide For Canadian Archival Institutions by Brock Silversides. ACA (2004) 18 pp., paper cover, ISBN 1-895382-22-X

Prepared for and published by the ACA, this booklet constitutes a practical guide for archival institutions preparing their collections for a monetary appraisal. It discusses the concept and process of the monetary appraisal, the duties and responsibilities of the parties involved, the differences between a National Archival Appraisal Board and independent appraisers, who does appraisals and what to look for in an appraiser, the costs involved, the criteria used by appraisers, and the information required by them. As well it contains a bibliography of relevant readings and an information checklist to help institutions prepare for appraisals.