Annual Conference

ACA 2016 : ‘Futur proche’:  Archives & Innovation

Montreal, Quebec,  2-4 June 2016

Archival records are the product of technologies. From paper to magnetic tape to ‘the cloud’; from quill and ink to typewriters to text messages, technological innovations influence the way people create, receive and store documents. The 2016 ACA Conference will examine the innovations that impact the creation, use, and preservation of archival records, past, present, and into the future.

By focusing on innovation, the conference will explore how archivists are responding to the needs and pressures of a technologically-driven society and how we are reacting to the demands of the “near future.” The conference will look at how archivists can contribute to a fast-paced forward-looking culture, where creators and users are employing innovative practices to create, preserve, and use archival documents in new and exciting ways. Sessions will examine how challenges can become opportunities when met with innovative theory and practice.

The 2016 ACA Program Committee invites proposals from all areas of archival theory and practice that focus on the intersection of innovation and/or technology and archives.  Click to view the Call for Submissions, 2016 ou ici pour l'Appel de propositions 2016 en français

The Call for Submissions and the Call for Workshops deadline is October 2, 2015. The Call for Student Papers as well as a Call for Poster Submissions will be released later this fall; the submission eadline is January 12, 2016.

Conference Submissions:

For tips and pointers on how to prepare proposals and a general overview of the conference program development process, click here

Plan to join us in historic Montreal for a thought-provoking and engaging Conference next June.


ACA 2015: Perspectives on the Archival Horizon

Regina, Saskatchewan

June 11-13, 2015

Following the successful completion of the 2015 Annual Conference in Regina, SK., the Board of Directors is pleased to provide the following highlights:

  • 203 individuals attend, with 190 delegates and speakers participating in the 24 plenary and concurrent sessions.
  • ACA’s Foundation raised over $2,000 in its annual fund-raising raffle and silent auction.

View the Conference at a Glance for a 4-page conference schedule. Click on the “Program” in the navigation bar at right for full descriptions of each conference session or the “Social” for descriptions of these activities.  Click the following link to view or download a printable PDF Conference Program.

At the Association of Canadian Archivists 2015 Awards Luncheon, Heather MacNeil, Archivaria General Editor announced the winners of these prizes:

  • Laura Miller was awarded the W. Kaye Lamb Prize for her article Coming up with Plan B: Considering the Future of Canadian Archives which appears in Archivaria #77,
  • Fiorella Foscarini was awarded the Hugh Taylor Award for her article A Genre-Based Investigation of Workplace Communities which appears in Archivaria #78
  • Martin Skrypnyk was awarded the Gordon Dodds prize for his article, The Pillow Book of Chris Marker: The Arrangement and Description of Personal Archives published in Archivaria #79

At the Association’s Annual General Meeting, the following individuals were elected to the Board of Directors, with terms beginning January 1, 2016;

  • Jordan Bass, Vice-President
  • Patti Harper, Director at Large
  • Krisztina Laszlo, Director at Large