An increasing portion of the cultural record is moving online—a shift accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the issue of long-term preservation of web content is more pressing than ever. This beginner-level workshop aims to empower archivists to begin preserving web content using accessible and user-friendly tools. This workshop is catered to community archives and other cultural heritage institutions with limited resources looking to start a web archiving project. This workshop will introduce participants to the practice of web archiving and provide guidance to start building web collections on a small scale. It aims to encourage active participation through a mix of hands-on practice, live demonstrations, and discussions. The workshop will cover some helpful concepts and terms in web archiving, provide sample workflows to guide a web archiving project and give participants the opportunity to practice archiving web pages using the Webrecorder software and Conifer, an online web archiving service.
Capacity: 50 participants
By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Plan a web archiving project
2. Create a web archive
Hélène Brousseau is the digital and systems librarian at Artexte (since 2016) where she leads Artexte’s Web archiving initiatives which include introductory workshops using Webrecorder and Conifer. Between 2018 and 2019, she has taken part in beta testing for the development Webrecorder (now Conifer). Her work on Web archiving has been presented at the 2021 International Internet Preservation Consortium Congress in the Archiving Communities session. She has taught at Collège de Maisonneuve in the Technique de la documentation department, she is trainer in document management for RCAAQ and has been a member of the Vtape’s board of directors since 2018.
Sarah Lake has been the Digital Preservation Librarian at Concordia University since September 2020. She leads the Library’s Digital Preservation Program and Web Archiving Working Group. At the ACA 2021 virtual conference, she presented on a student-led web archiving pilot project during a panel titled “Upheaval Incites Renewal: Better Description and Access in Times of Uncertainty.” Since the fall of 2021, she offers regular workshops on web archiving to support Concordia researchers in preserving their project websites. She holds a Master of Information Studies from McGill University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Production from Concordia University.
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Sound and Moving Image Special Interest Section (SMISIS)
September virtual meet-up
Date: Thursday, September 29, 2022
Time: 4:00 pm ET/1:00 pm PT
Join your fellow archivists for an informal, one hour Zoom discussion about sound and moving image archival records. SMISIS wants to generate a stronger sense of community and provide a place where members can chat about topics such as the benefits and challenges of digitizing audiovisual records, descriptive practices, new acquisitions, and the growing backlog of migrating content from obsolete formats.
This participant-driven conversation is an opportunity to ask your questions, share your experiences and ongoing projects, and leave with new knowledge about how to tackle (or, at the very least, approach) processing audiovisual records. It is open to all who work (or plan to work) with sound and moving image archival records including professional archivists, memory workers, activists, volunteers, and students.
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This workshop will consider how archives can use the principles of trauma-informed practice to provide a better service for all who use and engage with archives. Trauma-informed archival practice enables better connections with those who use archives, facilitates a reimagining about what archives can be for everyone; and challenges current models of archival work. It is aimed at anyone working in archives and across the broader GLAMR sector.
The workshop complements, rather than is a substitution for, the online courses. The intent of the workshop is for participants to discuss real-life scenarios based on their current contexts, and develop ideas and strategies to take back to their organisations, around the area of trauma-informed archival practice. It is not a requirement that participants have completed the online course before attending the workshop – but participants may find completing the online courses useful before or after attending the workshop to get the full theoretical grounding.
While an obvious place for implementing trauma-informed practice is a reference service, this session will also discuss implementing principles of trauma-informed practice in broader areas of archival work, including archival description, providing access and releasing records, and dealing with the effects of vicarious trauma on staff.
Workshop participants will complete assessments of their archives and develop a plan of practical actions they can take back to their organisations to begin implementing a trauma-informed approach. As part of the workshop, participants also will be completing plans for their organisations.
By the conclusion of the workshop participants will be able to:
The workshop is approx. 3 hours (including 1x20-minute break) and is limited to a maximum of 20 participants.
Registration closes three days before the event begins.
Date: October 7, 2022
Time: 10:00 am AEST - please confirm with your time converter to ensure you are able to attend from your location.
Nicola Laurent (she/her) is the Senior Project Archivist on the Find & Connect web resource team at the University of Melbourne, and President of the Australian Society of Archivists. Nicola advocates for trauma-informed archival practice, including creating resources and support networks to support its implementation, promoting sustainable access to online material through the preservation of links, and discusses the impact of vicarious trauma on archivists. Nicola is the International Council on Archives’ New Professionals Programme Coordinator. With Michaela Hart and Kirsten Wright, she is the co-founder of the Trauma-Informed Archives Community of Practice.
Kirsten Wright is the Program Manager, Find & Connect web resource, University of Melbourne. Prior to this she held a number of roles at Victoria University, including University Archivist, and also worked at the Public Record Office Victoria. She has previously published and presented on topics including tattoos, ghost signs, archives and power, historical language and archival description, trauma-informed archival practice, and out-of-home care records. With Nicola Laurent and Michaela Hart, she is the co-founder of the Trauma-Informed Archival Practice Community of Practice.
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Building your institution’s archival processing checklist for digital records
This workshop will provide practical guidance and advice for building a checklist for the archival processing of digital records. The session will include an overview of the checklist tool developed by Library and Archives Canada (LAC) staff working on the Prime Minister Papers Project. The tool is used to assess acquired digital records, and to think through processing steps requiring further research, consultation, and/or the use of specialized software/tools. Walking away from the workshop, participants will have the building blocks for developing and nuancing their institution's tools for digital archival projects.
This workshop aims to:
Wednesday, November 9, 2022
Time: 3:00 pm ET / 12:00 pm PT
Maka Black Elk (Oglala Lakota) is the Executive Director for Truth and Healing at Red Cloud Indian School, formerly known as Holy Rosary Mission, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Red Cloud is one of the few remaining Jesuit schools serving an indigenous community in the country. As an alumnus of Red Cloud Maka continued his Jesuit education at the University of San Francisco. He returned to Red Cloud after earning his master’s in Peace and Human Rights Education at Teacher’s College, Columbia University. Over the past 8 years, Maka has been a high school history teacher, volunteer coordinator, and the director of curriculum during which he earned a master’s in Educational Leadership from the University of Notre Dame. He serves as a board member of the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition. He also has served as an advisor to the Taking Responsibility initiative on clergy sexual abuse at Fordham University.
Archives and historic records of Indian boarding schools serve as a critical step in the effort toward truth and healing from historical harm. Maka will share the ways in which records have provided avenues for healing and truth-telling at Red Cloud Indian School as the institution moves through a process of addressing its role in genocide and intergenerational trauma.
Stephen R. Curley is Director of Digital Archives at the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition and is responsible for the development, professional care, and management of the Coalition's special project: the National Indian Boarding School Digital Archives (NIBSDA). He continues to reaffirm that Tribal archives stand as monuments to the traditional knowledge systems and age-old institutions which have sustained the cultural memories of Tribal peoples. He currently serves on the Society of American Archivists Council for his 2020-2023 term.
The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition (NABS) continues to lead with a robust framework for generating greater awareness, education, and tools for learning and healing in response to the ongoing trauma provoked by the federal Indian boarding school policy in the United States. Stephen will speak about how NABS is engaged in a special project that will seek truth through history: The National Indian Boarding School Digital Archive (NIBSDA). This project is the first of its kind to focus on the national boarding school context and will function to identify and catalog key information about records to inform an ecosystem of research, data management, and community collaboration in powerful and unprecedented ways.
Amy Cooper Cary is Head of Special Collections and University Archives at Marquette University, where she oversees the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions collection, as well as other collections related to Native Americans and Catholic missions. Her past work includes work with the Stockbridge-Munsee Tribal Archives, as well as conducting instruction sessions for the Culture Keepers Conference (Keshena, WI) and the National Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums Conference. In addition to serving as archivist at Marquette University, the University of Iowa, and the University of South Dakota, Cary spent seven years as the Director of Archival Studies at the School of Information Studies at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and an additional eight years as an adjunct instructor.
Amy will build on the presentations from Red Cloud Indian School and NABS to discuss how the archival record can support the efforts toward truth and healing. Working collaboratively with both Red Cloud Indian School and NABS, Amy’s focus is working with organizations to make the holdings of the records of Catholic Mission schools at Marquette University more accessible in support of these efforts.
Date: November 9, 2022
Time: 8:00 am AEST - please confirm with your time converter to ensure you are able to attend from your location.
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:
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. Currently, she works as an Archivist for the Archives of Ontario. Melissa conducts research and produces content on history and archive related topics for her website melissajnelson.com. Her blog post “Archiving Hate: Racist Materials in Archives” has been cited in "Language in archival descriptions changes" by the University of Waterloo Special Collections & Archives, “United Church of Canada Archives Equity Statement” by The United Church of Canada Archives, and “Guiding Principles for Conscious and Inclusive Description" by Baker Library of Harvard Business School.
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