The Financial Review Committee meets the fourth Thursday of each month.
The Website Renewal Working Group meets the fourth Thursday of every month from noon to 1pm EST
Municipal Archives Special Interest Section
The Municipal Archives Special Interest Section (MASIS) would like to invite both new and old members to come out for a one hour drop-in meeting on Thursday, September 28th, 2023 starting at 2:00 PM / 11:00 AM EST/PST.
If you currently or used to work at, have used, or are just curious about the issues and discussions happening around municipal archives and municipal archivists come check it out.
As well, please feel free to reach out to the Co-Chairs of MASIS, Jamie Sanford (MASIS.Chair1@archivists.ca<mailto:MASIS.Chair1@archivists.ca>) or Angela Fornelli (MASIS.Chair2@archivists.ca<mailto:MASIS.Chair2@archivists.ca>) with any ideas or conversation starters for future meetings.
The ACA office will be closed Monday, October 2, 2023.
The ACA Governance Committee meets monthly the first Tuesday of each month.
The Professional Development Committee meets the first Thursday of every month.
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A note on Equity Commitments and ACA Communications
The ACA office will be closed Monday, October 9, 2023.
The Communications Committee meets the second Wednesday of each month.
If you have news you wish to share - please let us know!
Member News Submission: Communications and Social Media
The Public Awareness and Advocacy Committee meets monthly on the second Thursday.
If you have an issue you wish to raise, please submit this form:
The Technology and Archives Special Interest Section (TaASIS) would like to invite existing members and any ACA members interested in joining TaASIS, to stop by for an one hour drop-in meeting on Thursday October 12th, 2023 starting at 11:00am / 2:00pm PDT/EDT
Please join me for our first meeting of the year to catch up and discuss what you would like to see the section accomplish this year. An hour-long meeting will be held on Thursday October 12th at 11:00am / 2:00pm PDT/EDT.
Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to add an item to the agenda via email: email@example.com
I look forward to seeing some of you later this month!
Allie Querengesser, TaASIS Chair
What makes for an ethical oral history project/program and how can you use oral history in your museum? Pauline Tennent and Heather Bidzinski share their experiences using oral history in research, collections, and exhibition work while addressing some common challenges. This workshop explores what oral history is, guidelines and resources available, and how to create a balanced approach to collection management, community engagement, and programmatic needs.
Whether you are starting from scratch or dealing with historical collections, this session aims to answer some of the questions surrounding oral history projects, programs, and collections.
The Membership Committee meets on the third Wednesday of each month.
The committee is currently looking for volunteers. It's a great way to learn about the association and gain excellent experience.
Join us on Wednesday October 18th at 4:30pm PST/7:30pm EST for a Mentorship Program Meet-Up event. This is a virtual gathering on Zoom to get to know other mentees and mentors from across the provinces in a casual, friendly environment. Hosted by the Membership Committee, we'll have some prepared questions to get the conversation started, but folks are also welcome to pose their own questions/topics and we'll see where the conversation takes us. The event is free, but registration is required to attend. If you have any questions about the event, please reach out to the ACA Mentorship Coordinators: firstname.lastname@example.org
The ACA Foundation Board of Directors meets monthly the third Thursday of each month.
SISARO invites all archivists and records managers for religious organizations to a Webinar Meet-Up at 3 pm Eastern on Thursday, October 19.
Come join us on Zoom and meet fellow archivists who share the unique issues associated with working in faith-based archival collections.
Got a pet peeve? Want advice? Have a great idea?
Let’s chat and get to know each other!
The Nominations and Awards Committee meets monthly the fourth Monday.
The University & College Archives Special Interest Section meets once a month. All are welcome!
Toward Community-Centred Reference
ACA Professional Development Workshop
This workshop considers the challenges Black researchers face when consulting with reference services in archives. Participants will learn to think critically about their positionality and their current approaches to providing access. Practical suggestions will be offered to reference archivists to help them provide services that are community-centered. This workshop includes a small group activity and discussion with time for reflection.
In this workshop participants will:
University or college archivists
The ACA office will be closed Monday, November 13, 2023.
Person Centered Description for Private Records: Practitioner Workshop
In this workshop, participants will explore ideas around person-centred descriptive practices for private records and develop questions and considerations they can use to apply person-centred descriptive practices in their home archives.
In the first half of the workshop, facilitators will provide a grounding of what being person-centred means in the context of archival description, what parts of description it could impact, and what the practice of this type of description may look like for both new acquisitions and retrospective description. Facilitators will contextualise the idea of person-centred description as a means for creating a sense of inclusion for researchers through explicit, creator-reported representation. Facilitators will provide examples of how archives have documented these ideas in their practices, through tools such as style guides, and gather additional anecdotal examples to offer participants. The workshop will also explore ideas of how and by whom person-centred descriptions can be written, recognising the importance of experiential, lived knowledges, limitations of sole authorship, and benefits of deeper engagement with donors. Throughout this first half, discussion of ideas and practitioner experiences will be encouraged.
In the second half of the workshop, participants will engage in an activity to use the presented guiding principles to develop a list of questions and considerations for building person-centred descriptive practices, as well as mechanisms to enable person-centred descriptive practices in their home archives. Participants will go home with a handout of citations of current literature exploring these ideas and existing style guides that can be used for inspiration.
By the end of this workshop, participants should:
1. Be able to define person-centred archival description
2. Understand the value of a person-centred approach to archival description
3. Have an understanding of considerations for enacting person-centred description
Krista Jamieson (she/they) is a queer archivist and PhD Candidate based in Hamilton, Ontario. Krista's work centers around digital archiving, digital preservation, archival selection, and metadata (including, but not limited to description).
Daniela Ansovini (she/her) is an Archivist with the University of Toronto Archives and Records Management Services (UTARMS) where she is responsible for the private records of individuals and organizations affiliated with the University of Toronto. She has worked in a number of academic, community and arts organizations with interests that include donor relationships, oral history, archival appraisal, and memory work.
The ACA office will be closed Friday, December 22, 2023 until Wednesday, January 3, 2024. It will reopen Thursday, January 4, 2024.
AAQ - Annual Conference
Congrès de l’AAQ, se tiendra du 29 au 31 mai 2024 à Rivière-du-Loup sous le thème «L’achiviste: un vecteur de transmission»
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