AABC Roundtable events bring together colleagues to talk about specific topics or emerging themes within the archival profession. This moderated, but more casual format allows participants to share experiences, ask questions, propose solutions and learn from each other. The presentation portion of the Roundtable may be recorded and made accessible at a later date. Pre-registration is required.

Roundtables are free to attend, but donations are appreciated! All contributions provide annual awards to UBC School of Information students and support the ACA@UBC conference. To donate, visit Canada Helps.

New events will be added as they are scheduled. If you have a topic that may be suitable for a Roundtable event, please contact the EAS Coordinator at

Upcoming Roundtables: 2021-2022 Schedule

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Past Roundtables - Recorded

Previously recorded Roundtables are available for viewing at no charge to members and non-members. To learn more about the discussion topics and to view the recordings, please see links below. Thank you to the UBC IKBLC webcast program for supporting the AABC and hosting our Roundtables from 2014-2018.

Social Media and Archives

(Nov 17, 2021)

The AABC is pleased to host this virtual tea and chat during Archives Awareness Week. Our speakers include a former CBC journalist and communications professional; Simon Fraser University Library Special Collections Digital and Outreach Archivist; and the Head Archivist & Collections Manager of the Whistler Museum and Archives. Together we will talk about tips and strategies for connecting through different media platforms and how to promote and advocate for archives and the work we do.

Audrey McKinnon's slides about working with the media/reporters is available HERE.

Volunteers and Archives             

(Oct 6, 2021)

Join your AABC colleagues from small & medium-sized archival organizations as they share their experience managing volunteer programs. Together we will talk about strategies for recruiting volunteers, training tips, and how to foster a meaningful experience for both your archival organization & volunteers. 

Audiovisual Records in a Digital Age

(March 7, 2018)

Motion picture films and audio and video recordings are found in every archival collection. These visual records play an important part of documenting our history but are at risk in our modern digital age due to media degradation and format obsolescence. Our panel of speakers will share their experiences managing audiovisual records and their thoughts on access, preservation and digitization.

Talking with First Nations Archives

(Feb. 23, 2017)

Colleagues who work in local First Nations Archives, Resource Centres and in Records Management programs will share with us their experiences establishing archives, their role in facilitating access to records, and issues and concerns they encounter on a daily basis.

Digital Preservation Management...Best Practices vs. Reality (Nov. 17, 2016)

We are pleased to present this webcast roundtable as a follow-up to the recent 3-day workshop on Digital Preservation Management. Speakers from InterPARES, Simon Fraser University Archives and the City of Vancouver Archives will provide an introduction to their DPM projects and how they are managing digital records in their archives.

AABC Archivists talk about Digital Preservation

Outreach, Donor relationship & Fundraising (Feb. 26, 2016)

Building and maintaining donor relationships is a key aspect of daily archival work for many organizations. This can happen through simple outreach activities or grand fundraising events that shine attention on our archival treasures and our need for funding to preserve them. Topics to be discussed include: what building blocks need to be in place to foster strong relationships with donors? How can we leverage our time and (sometimes limited) resources to manage a successful outreach program?    

The Future of RAD (Oct. 23, 2015)

The Canadian Council of Archives (CCA) has been tasked to develop a plan to update and revise the Rules for Archival Description (RAD) and are seeking input from members of the Canadian archival community. Richard Dancy from the Canadian Committee on Archival Description (a Committee of the CCA) provides some background on the project and helps facilitate discussion on questions including what are the strengths and weaknesses of RAD in its current form?   

Taming the Beast with Metadata     

(Feb. 20, 2015)

Setting aside infrastructure, policies, management, and money, what information needs to be recorded in order to ensure that the longevity of a digital record? Let's talk about Rules for Archival Description and PREMIS.

Orphan Photographs (Oct. 30, 2014)

How do you manage photographs when you cannot determine who owned them or who holds copyright over them or you don't know anything about the content of the photograph itself. Do you have a policy or procedures or standard practices? How do you balance the issues of ownership and copyright with making them accessible for research and display? Do you digitize them anyway? Do you make them available on the Internet? 

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