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ACA Workshops

Each year, as part of the Annual Conference, the ACA’s Professional Learning Committee coordinates workshops designed for both archivists in the region hosting the conference as well as the many individuals travelling to attend the conference. The ACA Workshops offer learning for intermediate and advanced-level archivists and cover a wide range of relevant and timely topics. Workshops vary in duration, from one-half day to two days, and are typically offered immediately prior to, or following the Annual Conference.

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Workshop Opportunities 2017

Protecting What Needs to Be Protected, Releasing What Should be Released: Principles and Guidelines for Access and Protection of Privacy in Canadian Archives [heading]

Instructors: Daniel German & Paulette Dozois

Location: Ottawa Marriott

Over the past thirty years, access/freedom of information and protection of privacy legislation has been enacted across Canada at all levels of government. The purpose of this workshop is to provide information on this legislation and suggest ways in which access can be increased at an archival institution. Participants will be exposed to the ethics and ethos that govern these policies and procedures: factors which should allow participants to better protect the information that legitimately needs protection while also affording institutions a basis for establishing rules governing access to their holdings. The workshop will review the new Systematic Declassification Block Review Project at LAC.  This risk assessment sampling methodology has to date reviewed over 24 million and opened over 22 million pages of previously restricted government records at LAC. Handouts and practice block reviewing will be part of the workshop.

Digital Preservation and Access with the Archives Canada Digital Preservation Service

Instructors: Sara Allain, Christina Nichols, Dan Gillean

Location: University of Ottawa Library

Archives Canada Digital Preservation Service (ACDPS) is a new hosted digital preservation and access service offered by the Canadian Council of Archives. This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to the Archives Canada Digital Preservation Service and the open-source tools that it’s built on:  Archivematica and AtoM (Access to Memory).Participants will gain an understanding of how to undertake digital preservation, access and archival description using tools specific to the ArchivesCanada Digital Preservation Service, but also will benefit from increased knowledge of digital preservation practices and how digital material can be made accessible to your users.

Career Disrupted! Considering Records and Archives Consulting as a Job Option

Instructors: Laura Millar

Location: Ottawa Marriott

Records and archives management consulting is an increasingly popular career choice and is an important option for archivists to consider in this digital, post-custodial world. Consulting can be risky but also rewarding. This workshop provides an overview of some of the issues associated with establishing and maintaining a freelance career in records and archives management.

Cause and Effect: A Hands on workshop with Sound and Moving Image Materials

Instructors: Jonathan Wise, Krista Jamieson, Christina Stewart, Leslie Thomas-Smith

Location: hosted at the Canadian Museum of History

Disruption for sound and moving image (SMI) archival materials can come from biological, chemical, and mechanical damages to the objects. These serious problems are often compounded by the fact that many archivists do not have hands on experience with SMI materials, and do not have the knowledge to recognize the different types of deterioration or how to handle them. It can be incredibly intimidating dealing with issues like mold or vinegar syndrome without much information, other than knowing they are serious issues. This hands-on workshop aims to empower archivists to handle and assess SMI materials; from film to video, and audio tapes and reels with confidence and be able to work out a plan to triage the damage.