Scope and Content

Monthly ACA Newsletter

December 2019

The Beta Edition


  1. Update from the President
  2. General updates
  3. Committee updates
  4. Conference
  5. ACA Foundation
  6. Member News
  7. In Memoriam
  8. Job Postings

Welcome to the inaugural edition of the ACA’s new e-newsletter, Scope and Content. The ACA Communications Committee is excited to provide this resource to keep ACA members informed of the activities and work of the association. Scope and Content will be emailed to members on the first Tuesday of every month, and will also be posted to the ACA website. 

The name for our newsletter was submitted by member Emily Lonie of the City of Coquitlam Archives. Congratulations, Emily! Her entry was chosen by the Communications Committee to be part of a short list that was sent to members for a final vote. Scope and Content won the members’ vote by a landslide! 

1. Update from the President, Loryl MacDonald

It has been a productive and busy time for the ACA since we met in Toronto. The ACA newsletter provides the President and Board members with an important opportunity to share feedback on the Annual Conference, look forward to 2020 and 2021 and share news regarding the SAA - ACA publication project. Click here to read her update

2. General updates

  • New Issue of Archivaria: Archivaria 88 (Fall 2019) is now available online to subscribers and ACA members. The print issue is in production and will be mailed to members and subscribers in the next few weeks. Access it here.
  • Print ArchivariaWe are very pleased to announce that members will no longer have to pay for a print copy of Archivaria, effective the Spring 2020 edition. Read more about this decision here.
  • Indigenizing Archives and Recordkeeping: Mnidoons GiizisoonhgBeginning this month, ACA will now host regular Indigenizing Archives and Recordkeeping posts (previously posted to arcan-l). These posts are full of links to news articles, blog posts, videos, and podcasts pertaining to Indigenous people and colonization issues of relevance to archives and cultural heritage. These links have been collected and are graciously provided by ACA member Richard McKibbon. If you have resources to add, please let us know!

3. Committee updates


  • Call for Volunteers to Serve on New Diversity and Inclusion (D+I) Task Force: The ACA has struck a Diversity and Inclusion (D+I) Task Force with a mandate to develop and recommend a D+I Action PlanThe ACA Board has appointed Rebecka Sheffield as the interim chair of the D+I Task Force. Rebecka is looking for volunteers to serve on this Task Force and invites expressions of interest until December 20, 2019. You can read more about the Task Force here and submit expressions of interest here. 


  • Membership Renewal: It's time to renew your membership! Many active members will have received a renewal notice for the 2020 membership year. As noted in the announcements, members will now have the opportunity to opt out of print Archivaria copies. For more information and details see here.
  • Mentorship Program Deadline is December 6: Registration is open for members to participate in the ACA Mentorship Program. The goal of the program is to facilitate the integration of new archivists into the Canadian archival community by matching them with mentors who may advise and guide them on work and career management issues. Please consider becoming a mentor or a mentee in 2019-2020. The online forms and more information about the program are available here. 

4. ACA 2020: 20/20 Vision - Seeing Archives Differently at UBC

  • 20/20 Vision: Seeing Archives Differently. University of British Columbia, June 11 - 13, 2020: To have vision is to have the ability to think about or plan the future with imagination or wisdom. What does the future have in store for the archival profession? How will we as practitioners, academics, records creators, researchers, students, other users, and supporters define the role of archives in the years to come? Join us next year in Vancouver, where the mountains meet the sea, to envision the future of the archival profession. Visit the conference page here

  • Call for Posters: The ACA 2020 Program Team invites *POSTER* proposals that offer perspectives from the lenses of archival theory and practice, as well as related disciplines. Please review the Call for Posters infographic for more details. Click here to apply. 

  • Call for Student Papers: The ACA 2020 Program Team invites*STUDENT* proposals, due January 31, 2020. The three top selected proposals will be eligible for conference funding. 

  • Accommodations for 2020:  The ACA has secured a diversity of rooms for conference attendees. The Room Block is now open and available until May 8, 2020.

5. ACA Foundation

  • Tuesday December 3rd, 2019 is Giving Tuesday.

    When renewing your ACA membership, consider directing a donation to the ACA Foundation, which supports the educational and research needs of the Canadian archival profession.You can also give online via Your support is greatly appreciated.

6.  Member News

  • Dr. Luciana Duranti, professor of Archival Science at UBC’s iSchool, received an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy in  Science from the Mid-Sweden University in Sundsvall, Sweden on October 11, 2019. This honour recognized her significant contributions to the field of Archival Science, notably her research and leadership in the InterPARES Trust project. Congratulations, Luciana! 

  • Dr. Ian E. Wilson, who served as the first Librarian and Archivist of Canada from 2004 to 2009, was recently promoted to Officer of the Order of Canada. His new appointment was announced on June 27 and he was invested with the honour at Rideau Hall in Ottawa by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, on November 21, 2019. Read further about Dr. Wilson's honour here 

If you have news about an ACA member that you think is notable and wish to share with the ACA community, please contact the editor of Scope and Content at: 

7. In Memoriam

  • It is with profound sadness that the ACA has learned of the passing of Larry Dohey, archivist at The Rooms. Larry was a remarkable ambassador for the archival community and for the history of Newfoundland and Labrador. Larry was not only a witty story teller and archivist but also a dear, wonderful friend to archival colleagues across the country. We will miss him very much. More on Larry's life can be found at: 


8. Job Postings:  

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