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    • 29 Sep 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Zoom Webinar
    • 55

    Conjuring the Spirits of Success - Heritage Wins the Day

    A look at how to successfully develop heritage material from your archival collection. Focusing in on four types of organizations we show how successful strategies are really a matter of knowing your customer and providing the convenience of access:

    1) Large collection, many partners

    2) Large collection, few partners

    3) Small collection, many partners

    4) Small collection, few partners. Examples are taken from across North America, Europe and Africa.

    Specifically how to maintain the balance with preserving the integrity of mission statement and collection with the needs of partners and our clients.

    Dave Evans, archivist of the LCBO for thirty years. Author of fiction and non-fiction. Former chair of the Government Special Interest Group of the ACA and the chair of the Government Section of the SAA.

    Learning Objectives

    1) Project Management - Principally attendees will learn to manage projects with partners. The skills needed to preserve the long term viability of the organization will be shown in the context of real world examples of archives;

    2) Cultural Heritage Management;

    3) Networking and collaborative development of the collection and organization.

    • 6 Oct 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Zoom Meeting
    • 12

    Information Governance for Archivists

    The effective management and use of organizational records/information/data is necessary and remains a key objective of recordkeeping professionals. This course serves as an introduction to the field of Information Governance (IG) for Archivists not familiar with the construct. This course is designed to provide an overview of the theoretical principles, methodologies and practical administration of an Information Governance program. The professional responsibilities of an IG professional working in today's business, government, academic and nonprofit environments will be examined as well as the fundamental functions and proficiencies of the profession. The role and nature of record/information strategies, techniques, and technologies will be explored. Topics include the nature of records/information/data, the evolution of records management to information governance, risk management, strategy development, legal and policy matters, industry standards and technology alignment. The course also examines emerging technology trends and their impact on the profession in an ever-changing digital environment. 

    Workshop Facilitator

    Dr. Lisa Daulby is an information/data governance professional with Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). Lisa holds a doctorate/Ph.D. in Information Technology and is a Certified Records Manager (CRM) and Certified Information Governance Professional (IGP) with over 20 years of experience in the financial services sector as a records manager/archivist.

    Learning Objectives

    1) Describe the nature of records/information/data and the impact that technology has on recordkeeping in contemporary environments;

    2) Identify appropriate industry and international best practices, standards and principles as well as legal & ethical considerations for the management of an information Governance program;

    3) Summarize the main functions of an information Governance program and the professional responsibilities of a IG practitioner.

    • 22 Oct 2021
    • 1:00 PM
    • Zoom Webinar
    • 23

    Description and Access for Anti-Black Archival Materials

    This workshop will address anti-Black racism in archival records by providing methods on how to create inclusive descriptions and how to provide access to these materials while minimizing harm. This workshop will ask participants to think critically about the impact of descriptive and access practices for racist archival records. The workshop will include interactive activities and discussions with time for reflection.

    In this workshop participants will:

    • Learn how to apply some anti-racist frameworks to descriptive practices
    • Understand how to minimize harm while facilitating access to racist archival records
    • Learn how to think critically about the impact of archival practices on the discoverability of racist archival records

    MELISSA J. NELSON is a second-generation Jamaican Canadian from Toronto, Ontario. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in History, with a minor in Sociology, from Carleton University. She also completed a Master of Information Studies at McGill University. Her experience includes working at George Brown College Archives, The Presbyterian Church in Canada Archives, the Law Society of Ontario Archives, and Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections at York University. Melissa conducts research and produces content on history and archive related topics for her website Her blog post “Archiving Hate: Racist Materials in Archives” has been cited in "Anti-racism Educational Resources" by the Archives Association of Ontario, "Resources: Archives, Anti-racism, and Black Lives Matter" by the Association of Canadian Archivists, "Language in archival descriptions changes" by the University of Waterloo Special Collections & Archives, and “United Church of Canada Archives Equity Statement” by The United Church of Canada Archives.

    • 4 Nov 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Zoom Meeting
    • 23

    International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF): what is it and why should my archives adopt it?

    Many library, museum, gallery, and archives institutions invest resources to digitise and present their records online. This workshop will introduce an important standard when considering the presentation and delivery of digitized archives and special collections - the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF). IIIF ( is a set of tools, standards, and a community of practice that make digital images interoperable. This workshop does not require a technical background or technical expertise. It will provide an introduction to IIIF and how it can be used in archivists' professional practice along with hands on activities to learn about IIIF. The workshop will also provide context for archives that want to use IIIF by demoing its use at the University of Toronto, in addition to examples of other archives making use of this framework. The workshop will guide participants through hands-on activities such as manipulating IIIF images, modifying IIIF presentation manifests, and finding IIIF content. The workshop will provide details about the existing IIIF community, including the IIIF archives interest group. The workshop will close with a brief facilitated discussion about how archives can consider adopting the IIIF standard and the technology they can use to support this work.

    Workshop Facilitators

    Kelli Babcock has been the Digital Initiatives Librarian with the University of Toronto Libraries since 2013. In this role, she coordinates the Collections Uof T and Discover Archives services, in addition to other legacy digital projects. Kelli graduated with an MLIS from McGill University with a specialization in archives in 2011. She has served as president for the Archives Association of Ontario and is currently a member of the AtoM 3 Roadmap Committee. Her current research interests include sustainability issues in library and archives technology, and simple "discoverability" best practices for surfacing online digital collections and finding aids for users.

    Rachel Di Cresce is a Digital Project Librarian at the University of Toronto Libraries, working on the Mellon-funded 'Book and Silk Roads' project while also maintaining the 'Digital Tools for Manuscript Study' project. Her role encompasses usability testing, needs assessment, project management and outreach. Rachel works in close collaboration with the Information Technology Service department and Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto to develop modular, interoperable tools for digital manuscript scholars. Rachel is a graduate of Queen's University, and holds a BaH in Classical Studies as well as a Master's of Library and Information Science from McGill University. Her current interests are IIIF, digital humanities and data management. University Archives

    Jessica Barr is responsible for the Archives and Records of the University of St. Michael's College. She works with the SMC Departments and Offices to maintain and preserve the records - such as reports, photographs, internal memos, and student publications - detailing the day-to-day work and the history of the College. After 4 years' archival experience as the Kelly Library Special Collections Archives Assistant, she became the USMC Archivist and Records Manager in 2013. Undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto introduced Jessica to university libraries and archives; a BA in European and German Studies followed in 2009. But it was an internship at the Eastern Michigan University Archives in 2008 that cemented her passion for archives. Jessica graduated with a Master of Information degree (MI) from the University of Toronto in 2011.

    Learning Objectives

    1) Understand what IIIF is, how it is used, and why it is important for interoperability of digitized archives and special collections;

    2) Evaluate when it makes sense to use IIIF for digital collections;

    3) Generate and edit IIIF manifests;

    4) Implement IIIF manifests within IIIF viewers;

    5) Aggregate IIIF images from across institutions

    6) Analyze IIIF-enabled digital collection platforms;

    7) Locate IIIF community resources relevant to archivists' professional practice.

    • 10 Nov 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Zoom Meeting
    • 18

    Creating Online Exhibits for Digital Collections

    Showcase high-impact collections of digitized or born-digital archives by creating an online exhibit to feature them. Online exhibits offer an accessible entry point for new users of archives and, in our current moment, provide a vital means of connection to your archival institution’s community while the building itself is closed.

    In this 2.5-hour online workshop, you’ll create a digital exhibit website using the open source digital collections platform Omeka that you can continue developing on your own and share over the web. You will be encouraged to bring your own collection of digital objects and metadata to use in the workshop.

    Devon Mordell is at McMaster University. She dabbles in extra-disciplinary scholarly fields like critical data studies to extend and contribute to archival thinking in the digital age.
    • 24 Nov 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Zoom Meeting
    • 14

    Advanced Workshop - Creating Online Exhibits for Digital Collections

    Create next-level digital exhibits! In Part 2 of the Digital Exhibits workshop, we will use Omeka S to centrally manage a collection of exhibit websites. We will translate skills learned in Part 1 to the Omeka S environment and extend its functionality using modules. Lastly, we will use HTML5 to customize the appearance of your exhibit and add interactive elements to it.

    Familiarity with HTML5 is an asset but completion of Part 1 of the Digital Exhibits workshop is a strongly recommended prerequisite.

    Devon Mordell is at McMaster University. She dabbles in extra-disciplinary scholarly fields like critical data studies to extend and contribute to archival thinking in the digital age.
    • 14 Jan 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Zoom Meeting
    • 12

    A simple and cheap digital preservation workflow

    This workshop will provide the essential knowledge needed to set up a simple digital preservation workflow for those new to digital preservation. Participants will download open-source software tools in advance and be given an opportunity to try out tools during the workshop. This workshop is ideal for small and under-resourced archives and lone arrangers.


    Mary Grace Kosta obtained her MA in linguistics from the University of Calgary, and worked for 25 years as a linguist, museum registrar, government manager, and teacher. She then obtained her MLIS with a specialization in archives from the University of Western Ontario and has worked for the past eight years as the Congregational Archivist for the Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada. She has completed courses in records management through the University of Toronto, metadata and information taxonomies through the University of Dundee, and web archiving through the University of Wisconsin. She is instrumental in the delivery of archives practicum and museum cataloguing programs for students at the University of Western Ontario. She served as the chair of the Professional Development Committee for the Archives Association of Ontario. Presently, she is on the steering committee for the Society of American Archivists, Archivists of Religious Collections Section, as well as a member of the Repository Working Group for Archival Resources for Catholic Collections, the Joint US-Canada AtoM Users Group, and the Catholic Archivist Group adjudication committee.

    Learning Objectives

    1) understand issues related to the long-term preservation of digital records;

    2) understand the strategies and actions needed for digital preservation;

    3) understand the theoretical principles underlying digital preservation;

    4) understand documentation required for digital preservation;

    5) understand the workflow steps in digital preservation;

    6) understand why file formats and metadata matter;

    7) learn to use open-source tools.

Past Conference Workshops

ACA 2019:  Archival Origins

ACA 2006: Living on the Edge

June 26, 2006  Full Day

Law and Original Order: Legal Aspects of Archive

June 27, 2006 Full Day

Just Scan It All! Making Archival Holdings Available Online

June 27, 2006 Half day

CCA Awareness Kit 

ACA 2018:  Trust in Technology

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