Workshops & Institutes


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.

2015 Workshops:  In conjunction with the ACA Conference in Regina, SK., ACA is offering one very interesting workshop, which takes place 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, June 9, 2015 at the University of Regina.

The Archivist as Curator:  Always have an exhibit in your back pocket

  • Location: Dr. John Archer Library, University of Regina
  • Presenter: Natalie Lopez, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

One-day workshop: Have you ever had to face pressing deadlines to curate exhibits or fill exhibit cases?  Using a model inspired by California State Polytechnic University, Pomona’s Special Collections and University Archives, this hands-on workshop will allow participants to think critically and creatively about highlighting their collections, the art of storytelling in exhibits, the ability to pre-create exhibits and exhibit labels and install under the confines of deadlines for impromptu exhibits and exhibit cases.  Participants will receive handouts with tips, tricks and techniques to tailor for their collections.  Participants will engage in group exercises to prepare for “big ideas” in exhibit-making and collaboration in teams.  Participants will also engage in an invigorating activity to curate a mock exhibit using supplied materials with a 30-minute deadline.  Having an exhibit in your back pocket will decrease stress and staff time during rotating exhibits, rushed deadlines and the need to create exhibit spaces that are educational and enriching, although timed.

Register for this workshop using this fillable PDF form. 

ACA Institute

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
Kari Smith
Carolyn Hank
Montreal, QC
2010 Institute on Personal Archives Catherine Hobbs
Sally Newman
Laura Carroll
Toronto, ON
2009 Institute was not offered    
2008 Institute was not offered    
2007 Why do they do that?: Understanding Our users Wendy Duff
Jackie Spence
Ian Anderson
Andrea Johnson
Kingston, ON
2006 Archives in the Wake of Hugh Taylor: Shaping Archival Programmes for the 21st Century Terry Cook
Tom Nesmith
St. John’s, NL
2005 Institute was not offered    
2004 Monetary Appraisal of Archival Records Marcel Caya
Ellwood Jones
Carman Carroll
Montreal, QC
2003 Archives in Society and Society in Archives Richard Cox
Michael Eamon
Miriam McTiernan
Terry Cook
Toronto, ON
2002 Approaches to the Preservation of Electronic Records Wendy Duff
Anne Van Camp
Hans Hofman
Vancouver, BC
2002 Calling the Shot: Archival Appraisal in Theory and Practice Barbara Craig
Terry Cook
Toronto, ON
2001 Modern Archives and the Australian Experience Chris Hurley
Sue McKemmish
Winnipeg, MB
2000 Calling the Shot: Archival Appraisal in Theory and Practice Barbara Craig
Terry Cook
Edmonton, AB
1999 Calling the Shot: Archival Appraisal in Theory and Practice Barbara Craig
Terry Cook
London, ON

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.