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ACA Board Update
ACA Statement condemning racism, injustice, and violence against Black people
The Association of Canadian Archivists stands together with our Black colleagues, partners, researchers, clients, friends, families, and the entire Black community. We denounce racism and prejudice and support organisations focused on combatting racial injustice in our communities. We hope to promote understanding and to create an association, a community, and a world that is just and welcoming of many voices. We
reaffirm our commitment and efforts to make our association an agent of
change and a space that is free of any form of racism.
ACA Statement on Re-Opening Archives
As the COVID-19 crisis evolves, archives across Canada are now considering how to prepare for reopening after an extended period of closure. Archives and records professionals are just beginning to understand how this closure has changed the nature of their work, temporarily and permanently, and what effect this pandemic will have on the profession as a whole.
The ACA has released a statement on reopening archives. To read the full statement, seehere.
Carr McLean is now stocking health and safety supplies to help Canadian archives re-open safely.
The Governance Committee and ACA Board held a Q&A session on May 27 to present the proposed by-law changes to ACA members and answer questions in advance of the vote concerning the by-law at the AGM on June 23. If you were not able to attend the session, you can read the FAQhere.
ACA Annual General Meeting
The ACA 2020 AGM will be unprecedented, as it will be held virtually for the first time in ACA history! Anyone can participate from the comfort of their home, and we encourage all members not to miss this opportunity. This year's AGM will take place online at 12:00 pm (Eastern), June 23, 2020 via Zoom.
The ACA Bulletin is now the association's annual report. It will be distributed in PDF format to members prior to the AGM.
Slate of Candidates
We are pleased to announce the followingslate of candidates who have submitted their names to serve on the ACA Board of Directors for a term of two years. This slate was enthusiastically confirmed by the current board on May 20, 2020, and will be put to all voting members of the Association for election at the AGM on June 23, 2020.
Registrationwill close on June 8. There are still 25subsidized spots available. Please contact the ACA office to confirm availability.
The Conference At-a-Glance outlines events that will take place beginning on Wednesday, June 10, including the Book launch for All Shook Up and continuing with plenary sessions and concurrent sessions on Thursday, June 11 and Friday, June 12. You can also access the full conference schedule here.
It is highly recommended that registrants access the live conference sessions through the official conference platform- WHOVA.
Whova can be accessed on your desktop by visiting: https://whova.com/portal/webapp/acaan_202006/ or you can download the Whova app on your smart phone for even more interactive features. Whova enables attendees to stream the live conference sessions, connect with other attendees, ask questions, and talk to virtual exhibitors.
Detailed instructions for all things conference-related can be found in the Attendee Guide, which has been distributed to all registered attendees. Please check your inboxes. If you did not receive the Attendee Guide, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Program Team will be
hosting a Technology Open House on June 9 at 9:00 am (Pacific). The open house
will give participants a chance to test the Zoom webinar technology to get
familiar with it in advance of the conference. You can access the Open
House through the Whova platform or through the ACA Website: https://archivists.ca/2020-Annual-Conference/Full-Schedule (Please
note that an invitation code is required to stream from the ACA website - the
code can be found in the Attendee Guide).
TAATU:The Archives and Technology Unconferenceis a yearlyevent to talk archives and technology, whether to solve problems together,present new ideas and work, or just geek out for the fun of it. ACA has set up a Zoom meeting for 100 attendees onWednesday, June 10, 9:00 am-12:00 pm (Pacific).Andthere is no need to be an ACA member orregistered for the rest of the conference to attend -- everyone is welcome!
Trivia Night, 2019
There will be aVirtual Trivia Nighton Saturday, June 13 at 5:00 pm (Pacific).Just because we can't dance the night away in person doesn't mean we can't have fun together. Join us for the second annual ACA Trivia Night where the Kula Cup will be up for grabs once again. Get your virtual team together through Google Hangouts, House Party, Whatsapp, etc., or play solo and claim all the glory for yourself. Just remember -- in virtual trivia there is no Googling! No cheating, folks!
Thank you to our sponsors, the Program Team, the Host Team, speakers, all members who have contributed to support colleagues during the challenging times we are currently experiencing with COVID-19.
The ACA Board of Directors would like to thank in particular the ongoing support of Ancestry.ca.
ACA 2021, Charlottetown, Delta PEI
June 30 to July 3, 2021
We are hoping to see you in Charlottetown for our conference in 2021.
ACA 2022 Vancouver @ UBC
June 15 to 18, 2022
take advantage of all the work done to plan the conference in Vancouver
this year, the ACA has decided to hold its 2022 conference in Vancouver
since it cannot be held there this year.
Mentorship Program Survey
TheACA Mentorship Program surveywas emailed out on Tuesday June 2, to participants in the program from the last five years. The ACA Membership Committee will be using the feedback gathered from this survey to help make improvements to the Mentorship Program. The survey is brief and should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. If you have not completed it yet, please do so by June 30. Survey responses are appreciated!
Creating Online Exhibits for Digital Collections: June 22, 2020
The ACA Education Committee is please to present the second workshop associated with this year's Annual Conference, Creating Online Exhibits for Digital Collections.
In this online workshop, participants will 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. Participants will be encouraged to bring your own collection of digital objects and metadata to use in the workshop.
Dodds Prize: A reminder that the deadline fornominations for the Dodds PrizeisJune 30, 2020. Created in 2011, the Gordon Dodds Prize recognizes superior research and writing on an archival topic by a student enrolled in a Master’s level archival studies program.
All issues of Archivariaavailablefree until June 30, 2020
In response to the public health crisis of COVID-19,Archivariaismaking the eight most recent issues of the journalfreely available to all through Project Muse, until June 30, 2020. As always, all other previous issues are available on the Archivariawebsitefor your reading pleasure during these challenging times!
Special Interest Section News
Collecting past documents for Special Interest Sections
Jeremy Heil, the ACA Director at Large who is the point person for Special Interest Sessions (SISes), held a meeting on May 27 for SIS members. The issue of information management was discussed in the meeting, in that with changes to the ACA website over the years as well as changes in SIS membership, some past documentation has been lost. If you were part of a SIS in the past and hold some of the documents related to that SIS in your own records, please reach out to Jeremy at email@example.com to pass this documentation along.
In the Field: The ACA Blog
Check out the most recent blog post on “Archiving the Personal” at ACA McGill’s 13th Annual Colloquium.
Special call for blog posts for COVID-19 and archival responses
COVID-19 has transformed the ways in which archival organizations operateand, at the same time, is an object of studyforcurrent andfuture researchers,as well asvarious health care communities. The ACA BlogInthe Fieldis looking for contributions from archivistsand archival institutions regarding their initiatives, strategies, and methods to either document responses to COVID-19 orwith regards totheir organizational functioning.
How does the pandemicaffectarchival labour, from an organizational perspective or from archivists’ points of view?
What are your organization’s policies and procedures regarding archivists’ safety and the preservation of holdings during a complete shutdown?
What is the impact of the current situation on archival organizations’ crisis management and planning?
What are the initiatives of your organization regarding the collection of records on COVID-19?
How has the collectionand disseminationof dataon the pandemicmobilized your institutionto reach out to various communities?
How can archival records be involved in futureplanning andresponses to global pandemics?
These are only some of the questions that interests us. We want to read your thoughts, strategies, perspectives, and initiatives. Please use the submission button below to propose a COVID-19-related blog.
Call for blog contributors:We want to hear from you.Did you work on an interesting project or are you working with a particularfonds that you’d like to share with others? Have you visited an archival institution abroad – or across the road – and want to share your journey?Read more about how to submit a post here.
On May 1,Gilles Lesage passed the torch to Janet La France, the new CEO of the Saint Boniface Historical Society(SHSB), which manages le Centre du Patrimoine in Winnipeg. Gilles was anemployee of the SHSB for 30 years and its general manager for 24 years. Heleaves an invaluable legacy for Manitoba as a whole.
Do you have news about yourself or other ACA members? Send it firstname.lastname@example.org be included in the next issue ofScope and Content.
International Archives Week
Don't forget that June 8-14 is International Archives Week! Use the hashtag #IAW2020 and check out the ICA Communication Kit and other tools postedhere.
Submit your job opportunity here and it will be posted to the ACA website. We will also share this opportunity on our social media channels.