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Toward Community-Centred Reference

  • 2 Nov 2023
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Zoom Webinar
  • 6


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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:

  • Learn how to unpack how white supremacy shows up in archives
  • Learn how to identify and address oppressive practices in access and reference 
  • Learn how to minimize harm when providing reference services 

Target Audience

  • New professionals

  • Mid-career professionals

  • Late-career professionals

  • Community archivists

  • Corporate archivists

  • Government archivists

  • Museum archivists

  • University or college archivists

Workshop Instructor: Melissa J. Nelson is a second-generation Jamaican Canadian archivist, writer, and educator who is based in Toronto, Ontario. Her work and research interests include the preservation of Black cultural heritage and ethics of care in the preservation of anti-Black archival materials. Melissa explores her interest in history and archives in her blog Melissa is currently an Archivist for the Archives of Ontario. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Carleton University and a Master of Information Studies from McGill University.

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