Workshops & Institutes


Each year in conjunction with the Annual Conference, ACA Professional Learning Committee coordinates one or more workshops which will be of interest both to archivists located in the region hosting the conference as well as to many individuals planning to attend the conference. These workshops offer intermediate to advanced information on a variety of topics, set with 1/2 day, full day and 2-day time periods, immediately prior or following the conference sessions.

In 2014, two 1-day workshops are being offered in Victoria, BC, in conjunction with the 2014 Annual Conference.

Note, you can also register online; see the Registration page in the Conference section for the link. 

Digital preservation and holdings management using Archivematica and AtoM:  This one day workshop offers overviews of the integrated, open source Archivematica digital preservation system and the AtoM content management system, both created and supported by Artefactual Systems, Inc.. Access copies of archival material, metadata and information about preserved digital objects are uploaded seamlessly from Archivematica to AtoM. There are ongoing development efforts to synthesize more features between the two systems. In the past year, for instance, PREMIS rights in Archivematica are not only uploaded to AtoM, but they are actionable by the access system itself. After a brief discussion of the digital preservation best practices that form the foundation of both systems' development, attendees will have the opportunity to try the web-based systems in their own browser under the tutelage of Artefactual's own software and community managers.  Location: Mearns Centre for Learning/McPherson Library, room 130, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC.  Tuesday, June 24, 9 am – 4:30 pm); max 25 persons Early Fee $128 + GST; Regular $153 + GST

Records and Archives Consulting as Career Utopia?: Considering a Freelance Career  Records and archives consultant Laura Millar will introduce participants to issues associated with establishing and maintaining a freelance career in records and archives management. Topics include: the nature of records and information consulting, the difference between consulting and contracting, how to find and bid on consulting projects, and how to identify and build on professional strengths and skills. The workshop will also address: how to determine the scope of work, costs, and expenses for consulting projects, how to manage projects for success, how to identify and deal with issues of ethics and conflict of interest, and how to cope with the administrative requirements of a consulting business. The workshop will include a mix of lectures, exercises, case studies, and group activities. The workshop does not focus on specific records and archives topics but instead addresses the general nature, scope, and reality of freelance records and archives management work. The workshop will be of interest not only to archival practitioners considering freelance work but also to archivists who want to understand more about the nature of consulting and contract work in order to achieve the best results from consultants who work with their institutions. Students and recent graduates will also find the workshop of interest as they consider various career options.  Location: Fairmont Empress hotel, Tuesday, June 24, 9 am – 4:30 pm); max 20 persons Early Fee $128 + GST; Regular $153 + GST

ACA Institute

The ACA Institute offers advanced level information, over a 2 or 3-day time period. An Institute on Digital Preservation Management was offered, September 25-28, 2012, in Montreal at McGill University in partnership with the McGill School of Information Studies. The following table identifies the themes, leaders and locations of previous ACA Institutes.

2012 Digital Preservation Management Nancy McGovern
Kari Smith
Carolyn Hank
Montreal, QC
2010 Institute on Personal Archives Catherine Hobbs
Sally Newman
Laura Carroll
Toronto, ON
2009 Institute was not offered    
2008 Institute was not offered    
2007 Why do they do that?: Understanding Our users Wendy Duff
Jackie Spence
Ian Anderson
Andrea Johnson
Kingston, ON
2006 Archives in the Wake of Hugh Taylor: Shaping Archival Programmes for the 21st Century Terry Cook
Tom Nesmith
St. John’s, NL
2005 Institute was not offered    
2004 Monetary Appraisal of Archival Records Marcel Caya
Ellwood Jones
Carman Carroll
Montreal, QC
2003 Archives in Society and Society in Archives Richard Cox
Michael Eamon
Miriam McTiernan
Terry Cook
Toronto, ON
2002 Approaches to the Preservation of Electronic Records Wendy Duff
Anne Van Camp
Hans Hofman
Vancouver, BC
2002 Calling the Shot: Archival Appraisal in Theory and Practice Barbara Craig
Terry Cook
Toronto, ON
2001 Modern Archives and the Australian Experience Chris Hurley
Sue McKemmish
Winnipeg, MB
2000 Calling the Shot: Archival Appraisal in Theory and Practice Barbara Craig
Terry Cook
Edmonton, AB
1999 Calling the Shot: Archival Appraisal in Theory and Practice Barbara Craig
Terry Cook
London, ON

Documents from previous Institutes are available on the ACA Members web site. Non-members interested in a previous event are encouraged to contact the Chair, Professional Learning Committee.

Forthcoming institutes are planned and scheduled by the ACA Professional Learning Committee. Any suggestions or requests for a specific topic or proposals for delivery on a specific theme should be forwarded to the Chair, Professional Learning Committee.