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Monthly ACA Newsletter

February 2020, Vol. 1, Issue 2

President's Update

Dear Archival Colleagues,

The ACA is looking for new leaders. In the next few weeks, there will be a call for nominations for the Board positions of President, Treasurer, and Director-at-Large. The incumbents will serve a two-year term from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2022. Read Loryl MacDonald's full update here.

ACA Foundation Update

The Ancestry Award is now open for nominations.

In 2015, the ACA entered into a five-year sponsorship agreement with Ancestry. Part of this agreement includes an annual scholarship that is developed and overseen by the ACA Foundation. The Foundation Board of Directors was unanimous in its decision to direct this scholarship towards the Indigenous community in Canada and to award it to a recipient studying in the field of archives or records management. For more information, click here.

Volunteer with the ACA and ACA Foundation

The ACA Foundation is looking for three Directors to serve for a period of two years.  The Finance Committee is also looking for two committee members.

New ACA Blog

It is with great pleasure that the Association of Canadian Archivists launches In the Field: The ACA Blog. The field of archives engages contemporary archivists in a multiplicity of environments. In the Field seeks to become a place where discussions about the scope of archives, archival education, and archival interventions happens. 

In line with the ACA's Strategic Plan and Progress Toward a Diversity & Inclusion Action Plan, the ACA blog focuses on publishing posts that explore “frameworks, strategies, initiatives, programs and actions” undertaken across the archival realm to “address issues of inclusion, access, diversity, multiculturalism, and regional, national, global and intercultural engagement.”

    Healing and Education Through Digital Access: Residential School Digitization Project: Read our first blog post, by Jenna Lemay, about the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre's (SRSC) “Healing and Education Through Digital Access” project.

    Call for blog contributors: We want to hear from you. Did you work on an interesting project or are you working with a particular fonds that you’d like to share with others? Have you visited an archival institution abroad – or across the road – and want to share your journey? Read more about how to submit a post here.

    ACA 2020 Conference Updates

    What do humpback whales and archivists have in common? 
    They will both be migrating to Canada’s West Coast in June 2020! The humpbacks will join us for the cool waters and tasty fish, while the archivists will venture to the coast for thought-provoking plenaries and sessions, inspiring conversations, and perhaps a few cool beverages with colleagues and friends. 

    Advocacy, appraisal, art, awareness, community archives, cultural memory, dance, data, decolonization, digital preservation, diversity, education, emotional labour, indigenous worldviews, legal frameworks, music, outreach, power structures, recordkeeping, repatriation, representation, visual media. You name it, we've got it!

    For more details about accommodation click here to reserve your room.

    Call for Posters due February 15: Please review the Call for Posters infographic for more details and click here to apply. 

    Conference at-a-glance now available: Click here to read.

    Advertise | Sponsor

    Advertise in the Conference Program or Sponsor the ACA 2020

    The Conference will attract over 350 individuals working in the archives and information community across Canada, the USA and internationally. The Conference sponsorship allows you to reach this influential group of professionals, leaders and decision-makers.

    Exciting marketing opportunities are provided that will enable your organization to:

    • Obtain valuable exposure and prominence with current and potential clients
    • Increase corporate visibility
    • Show your company’s commitment to support the Canadian archival community and the important work it does in preserving the records of today for future generations.
    Trade Show Exhibitors - Register

    The ACA is hosting its 45th Annual Conference at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC with formal conference sessions taking place June 11th to 13th, 2020.   The premiere event for archivists in Canada, our 2020 conference theme is 2020 Visions: Seeing Archives Differently. This year, we are expecting strong participation with at least 350 delegates and guests from across Canada and internationally including the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. 

    If your products or services are valuable to the practising archivist, we encourage you to consider participating either as an exhibitor at the trade show or an activity sponsor (see Sponsorship Opportunities).  Archivists are consumers of consulting and architectural services, records management services and materials, electronic records management software, digital imaging and micrographics, conservation and preservation supplies.

    Member News

    Paul Hebbard has been appointed University Archivist and Coordinator of Information and Privacy at Simon Fraser University beginning February 1, 2020. Read the announcement here.

    A Tribute to Shelley Sweeney from Tom Nesmith and Walter Meyer zu Erpen and from her many colleagues.

    Congratulations to archivist Dr. Shelley Sweeney who retired on 20 December as head of Archives & Special Collections at the University of Manitoba.  Not wanting a traditional retirement party, Shelley preferred instead to make a farewell public presentation to “reveal” what goes on behind the scenes in the archives. 

    Read the full tribute here.

    Job Postings

    Submit your job opportunity here and it will be posted to the ACA website. We will also share this opportunity on our social media channels.

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