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Professional Development 

The Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA) is dedicated to offering professional learning opportunities for its members. This includes our internationally respected Annual Conference, as well as a range of programs and services to support members at all stages of their careers. 

The Professional Development Committee reviews and advises the Board of Directors on matters related to professional learning for archivists, archival practitioners, and records professionals in Canada. Specific duties include:

  • Advising on strategic directions for professional learning and skills development initiatives
  • Planning and facilitating professional learning workshops and associated programming at the annual conference, at locations across Canada, and on-line to a virtual audience

We are committed to:

  • Providing access to professional resources to support archives and records professionals to be effective in their careers
  • Delivering important, informative research at our Annual Conference
  • Publishing cutting-edge research in the ACA’s journal, Archivaria
  • Partnering with hosts across Canada to design and deliver professional development programming close to home
  • Mentoring and supporting new professionals through Student Chapters and associated programming
  • Reviewing and continually improving the ACA’s Guidelines for a Graduate Program in Archival Studies

The ACA is committed to providing access to all our members. If you require special accommodations, please contact and we will work to accommodate your request to the best of our ability.

Professional Competencies for Archivists Working Group: In 2011, the Educational Guidelines Review Task Force embarked on a two-year project to define the competencies required of practicing archivists. The ACA Board sees real value in this work, and believes, as an association representing professional archivists in Canada, that identifying professional competencies can serve as a cornerstone to our continued support of members. To this end, we are very pleased to announce the creation of a Professional Competencies for Archivists Working Group (PCAWG). The Board is seeking volunteers to serve on this working group, from each of the following constituencies: an educator from a graduate-level archives program, a practicing archivist, a recent graduate from an archival or information studies program, and a manager of an archival institution. A Board member will round out the membership. Please contact the ACA Office to submit your name to the Board for consideration.

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