Each year in conjunction with the Annual Conference, ACA Professional Learning Committee coordinates one or more workshops which will be of interest both to archivists located in the region hosting the conference as well as to many individuals planning to attend the conference. These workshops offer intermediate to advanced information on a variety of topics, set with 1/2 day, full day and 2-day time periods, immediately prior or following the conference sessions.
2017 Workshop Opportunities
1. Protecting What Needs to Be Protected, Releasing What Should be Released: Principles and Guidelines for Access and Protection of Privacy in Canadian Archives
Instructors: Daniel German & Paulette Dozois
Description: Over the past thirty years, access/freedom of information and protection of privacy legislation has been enacted across Canada at all levels of government. The purpose of this workshop is to provide information on this legislation and suggest ways in which access can be increased at an archival institution. Participants will be exposed to the ethics and ethos that govern these policies and procedures: factors which should allow participants to better protect the information that legitimately needs protection while also affording institutions a basis for establishing rules governing access to their holdings. The workshop will review the new Systematic Declassification Block Review Project at LAC. This risk assessment sampling methodology has to date reviewed over 24 million and opened over 22 million pages of previously restricted government records at LAC. Handouts and practice block reviewing will be part of the workshop.
Location: Ottawa Marriott
2. Digital Preservation and Access with the Archives Canada Digital Preservation Service
Instructors: Sara Allain, Christina Nichols, Dan Gillean
Description: Archives Canada Digital Preservation Service (ACDPS) is a new hosted digital preservation and access service offered by the Canadian Council of Archives. This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to the Archives Canada Digital Preservation Service and the open-source tools that it’s built on: Archivematica and AtoM (Access to Memory).Participants will gain an understanding of how to undertake digital preservation, access and archival description using tools specific to the ArchivesCanada Digital Preservation Service, but also will benefit from increased knowledge of digital preservation practices and how digital material can be made accessible to your users.
Location: University of Ottawa Library
3. Career Disrupted! Considering Records and Archives Consulting as a Job Option
Instructors: Laura Millar
Description: Records and archives management consulting is an increasingly popular career choice and is an important option for archivists to consider in this digital, post-custodial world. Consulting can be risky but also rewarding. This workshop provides an overview of some of the issues associated with establishing and maintaining a freelance career in records and archives management.
Location: Ottawa Marriott
4. Cause and Effect: A Hands on workshop with Sound and Moving Image Materials
Instructors: Jonathan Wise, Krista Jamieson, Christina Stewart, Leslie Thomas-Smith
Description: Disruption for sound and moving image (SMI) archival materials can come from biological, chemical, and mechanical damages to the objects. These serious problems are often compounded by the fact that many archivists do not have hands on experience with SMI materials, and do not have the knowledge to recognize the different types of deterioration or how to handle them. It can be incredibly intimidating dealing with issues like mold or vinegar syndrome without much information, other than knowing they are serious issues. This hands-on workshop aims to empower archivists to handle and assess SMI materials; from film to video, and audio tapes and reels with confidence and be able to work out a plan to triage the damage.
Location: hosted at the Canadian Museum of History
The ACA Institute offers advanced level information, over a 2 or 3-day time period. An Institute on Digital Preservation Management was offered, September 25-28, 2012, in Montreal at McGill University in partnership with the McGill School of Information Studies. The following table identifies the themes, leaders and locations of previous ACA Institutes.
|2012||Digital Preservation Management||Nancy McGovern
|2010||Institute on Personal Archives||Catherine Hobbs
|2009||Institute was not offered|
|2008||Institute was not offered|
|2007||Why do they do that?: Understanding Our users||Wendy Duff
|2006||Archives in the Wake of Hugh Taylor: Shaping Archival Programmes for the 21st Century||Terry Cook
|St. John’s, NL|
|2005||Institute was not offered|
|2004||Monetary Appraisal of Archival Records||Marcel Caya
|2003||Archives in Society and Society in Archives||Richard Cox
|2002||Approaches to the Preservation of Electronic Records||Wendy Duff
Anne Van Camp
|2002||Calling the Shot: Archival Appraisal in Theory and Practice||Barbara Craig
|2001||Modern Archives and the Australian Experience||Chris Hurley
|2000||Calling the Shot: Archival Appraisal in Theory and Practice||Barbara Craig
|1999||Calling the Shot: Archival Appraisal in Theory and Practice||Barbara Craig
Documents from previous Institutes are available on the ACA Members web site. Non-members interested in a previous event are encouraged to contact the Chair, Professional Learning Committee.
Forthcoming institutes are planned and scheduled by the ACA Professional Learning Committee. Any suggestions or requests for a specific topic or proposals for delivery on a specific theme should be forwarded to the Chair, Professional Learning Committee.