Annual Conference

"Archivatopia"

ACA's 39th Annual Conference - held June 26-28, 2014 - Fairmont Empress Hotel, Victoria, B.C.

Archives and the archives community in Canada and around the world are experiencing fundamental stresses. Recent years have been difficult for prospective and practicing archivists.  How can we alter our perception of the stresses we all face to change them from obstacles to opportunities?  How can we position ourselves to overcome difficulties and capitalize on new possibilities? Now is the time to assess the current state of archives in Canada and, more importantly, to chart our way forwards to archival utopia.  The preliminary Conference at a Glance for ACA 2014 in Victoria is now available. 

Archivists responded to the call to define their “archivatopias.” Join us in Victoria, BC, Canada’s Shangri-la, to hear how archivists from across Canada and around the world envision the ideal future for archives and archivists, and to discuss together how we can strive to make these dreams a reality. High points of this exciting, thought provoking conference include:

  • presentations on the role of education and training to prepare archivists of the future;
  • expert panelists addressing the design, construction, and maintenance of archival facilities that help ensure preservation and promote access;
  • case studies of strategies that position archives to reach out to and include the records of marginalized and unrepresented social groups and movements;
  • experiences of archivists supporting the work of small institutions by developing capacity and building partnerships and networks; and
much more!

This year’s conference not only promises an engaging program, but also offers opportunities to join colleagues in experiencing Victoria’s utopian setting. Social events will highlight the unique natural charms of Victoria and Vancouver Island, including Coast Salish traditional carving, whale watching, touring Canada’s oldest Chinatown, and Cougar Annie’s garden brought to the stage. ACA 2014 will connect you and your colleagues through Facebook, Twitter, and the ACA website. The 2014 Conference App will ensure you have up to the minute Archivatopia details, no matter where you may be (floating in the Salish Sea, biking Dallas Road, swimming on Gonzales Beach, paddle boarding in the Inner Harbour, relaxing in Butchart Gardens, or replenishing your fluids at Spinnakers).

The ACA 2014 conference hotel is the Fairmont Empress. Among its many features are a central location in downtown Victoria within walking distance of many of the city’s attractions, excellent dining, traditional high tea, and cocktails in the colonial style Bengal Lounge. Get the royal treatment at Willow Stream Spa, admire the Edwardian era architecture, the hotel’s own archives, the restored Palm Court ceiling, and kick up your heels in the Crystal Ballroom.

Plan for extra time to make Victopia your summer vacation destination! Vancouver Island is green and beautiful year-round, and is rated the Top Island in the Continental US and Canada and one of the Top Ten islands in the World by the 2012 Travel+Leisure World's Best Awards.

We look forward to you joining us in Victoria for ACA 2014!