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    • January 01, 2023
    • 10:00 AM
    • December 31, 2023
    • 11:30 PM

    Previously Recorded AABC Webinars

    Previously recorded AABC webinars are available for viewing!

    The price for AABC members is $15.00 (per individual webinar recording); Non-members is $30.00 (per individual webinar recording).

    Available webinars include:

    A+: Teaching with Primary Sources from the Archives 

    Presentation date: Feb 15, 2023

    Webinar description: As archival practitioners, we find ourselves surrounded by records on a daily basis that contain fantastic stories, mysteries, drama and the mundane…all forming part of our collective identity and history. Sharing these records with the public is one of the reasons why we open our doors to researchers and engage in different types of outreach. Using records themselves as a teaching tool for students offers a renewed interest and focus on the work we do behind the scenes. Join us for this webinar as we discuss the “who, what, where, when, why, how” of teaching with primary sources. We will also hear from Emily Lonie who will share her experiences with using the archives to teach while working at the City of Coquitlam Archives.

    Creating Archival Exhibits 

    Presentation date: Oct 25, 2022

    Webinar description: Join the AABC to learn about creating effective and engaging exhibits using treasures from your archival holdings! In this webinar we will discuss the steps for designing an exhibit, consider the use of displaying reproductions vs original records, and review best practices for mounting and providing a secure environment for textual records and photographs. Participants will also hear from Krisztina Laszlo who will share her experience preparing the exhibit “Past Purrrrfect: Cats in the Collection” for Rare Books and Special Collections, UBC Library.

    Archives 101 for Summer Students!

    Presentation date: June 28, 2022

    Webinar description: Are you starting your summer contract working with archival records but not sure what to do? This 3.0 hour webinar will introduce participants to archival terminology, accessioning, and appraisal. Building upon these themes, participants will learn strategies for organizing legacy collections. We will also talk about best practices and standards for processing records in different formats (textual records, photographic images, audio visual media, and electronic records) and how to create a stable and secure environment to promote the long-term preservation, access, and use of archival records.

    Disaster Response: Prep and Priorities

    Presentation date: Jan 26, 2022

    Webinar description: Preparing for a potential disaster can seem daunting and stressful, but it is even more challenging if you don't have a plan in place when a disaster actually impacts your archives. Join us for this webinar where you will learn how to identify risks to your holdings and proactive strategies on how to create safer conditions before a disaster happens. We will also talk about the importance of identifying vital records within your organization and key priorities when developing your institutional disaster response plan. Presenter: Lisa Glandt, AABC EAS Coordinator.

    Genealogy Research Tips and Resources 

    Presentation date: June 28, 2021

    Webinar description: Join the AABC and our panel of speakers to talk about genealogy research and resource tips! Speakers from the City of Surrey Archives, Vancouver Public Library, and Library and Archives Canada (Vancouver office) will share some of their experiences and strategies when working with researchers, popular collections for genealogy research, and tips for using LAC resources both in person and online. This webinar will support the work of archivists, historical researchers, and librarians providing assistance to the public but also for staff research. Presenters include Suzanne Sulzberger, Library and Archives Canada, Regional Archival Program, Vancouver Office; Stacey Gilkinson, City of Surrey Archives; and Grace Hama, Genealogy Team Lead, Vancouver Public Library.

    Privacy 101: Managing Personal Information in Collections 

    Presentation date: July 29, 2020

    Webinar description: Cultural heritage professionals have a mandate to protect records and information, while promoting their accessibility and use. Although these two mandates seem contradictory, there are ways forward that balance privacy and access. This 1 hour webinar will present an approach to managing personal information in cultural heritage collections. It will present an overview of basic privacy principles, outline factors to consider when releasing information, and describe tools that can be used to ensure personal information is released in compliance with legal and ethical considerations. Presenter: Alexandra Wieland, Information and Privacy Archivist, SFU Archives.

    Setting Up Your Archives

    Presentation date: July 8, 2020

    Webinar description: This webinar is for non-Archivists including Curators, Librarians, Records Managers and Volunteers who have been tasked to set up an Archives but don’t know where to start! This 1.5 hour webinar will present an overview of archival principles and policy development; basic archival supplies that you’ll need; steps to complete a successful global collection assessment (aka how to prioritize dealing those boxes filled with stuff); storage conditions and access considerations. Presenter: Lisa Glandt, AABC EAS Coordinator.

    ABC's of Archival Appraisal and Deaccessioning 

    Presentation date: June 15, 2020

    Webinar description: Join the AABC for a webinar on best practices for appraising archival records and the steps to deaccession records that do not meet your mandate. This 1.5 hour webinar will also include an overview of the National Archival Appraisal Board (NAAB) program and the services they offer. Presenters include Lisa Glandt, AABC EAS Coordinator and Melanie Hardbattle, NAAB Regional Coordinator for BC and Northern Canada.

    Introduction to MemoryBC 

    Presentation date: April 30, 2020

    Webinar description: Have you used MemoryBC before and want a refresher? Or are brand new to it and want to learn more? Use AtoM and need a refresher? Lisa Snider, the AABC MemoryBC Coordinator, will be presenting this two hour workshop via Zoom will go over all the basics. The first hour will be focused on the search, categories, clip board and use of MemoryBC by archivists and researchers. Then the second hour will show you how to log in, add an authority record and add a draft of an archival description. We will also discuss digital objects, bulk uploads, taxonomies, etc., and the MemoryBC Coordinator will answer all your questions about using MemoryBC (and AtoM). 

    • March 27, 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Online via Zoom

    AABC Roundtea - Inside the Files: Nursing Archives in BC

    When: Monday, March 27; 12:00 - 1:30pm PST

    Registration deadline: Monday, March 27 (10:00am)

    Join us for a Roundtea on Monday, March 27, 2023 to learn about nursing records and archives held by two different organizations in Vancouver. Our speakers include Naomi Constant, Archivist with the VGH School of Nursing Archives and Krisztina Laszlo, who will talk about the BC History of Nursing Collection, recently transferred to the Rare Books and Special Collections at UBC Library. Naomi and Krisztina will talk about how these collections developed and how the records are used today, followed by your questions!

    Bring your lunch, a mug of tea or coffee, and stay online after the presentation to connect with colleagues.

    This event will be presented on Zoom.

    Registration details:

    While this event is free, participants are required to pre-register.

    • April 03, 2023
    • June 12, 2023

    Managing Archives

    Registration: February 1 - March 10, 2023 (registration closes 5:00pm PST)

    Course duration: April 3 - June 12, 2023

    This course is aimed at trained archivists who find themselves in charge of an archives as well as non-archivists who find themselves managing on unfamiliar ground. Archivists, curators, librarians, records managers, information technologists, and volunteers may find this course useful.

    Using the two publications The Lone Arranger: Succeeding in a Small Repository and Management: Innovative Practices for Archives and Special Collections, students will be introduced to the management of an archival repository in seven modules.

    Topics for the modules include:

    Module 1.    Management?  Management!

    Module 2.    Collections management

    Module 3.    Information technology

    Module 4.    Planning

    Module 5.    Facilities

    Module 6.    Advocacy and outreach

    Module 7.    Financial management and budgeting

    Students will receive, by electronic mail, a self-study guide which includes instructions, supplementary reading (where applicable), self-study questions, and in most modules, a practical project. The self-study questions and projects will be submitted to the Instructor for evaluation. Upon completing all the projects within the allotted time, students will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course.

    Students can expect to work about 10-12 hours per week on readings and assignments for the duration of the course.

    Instructor: Lisa Glandt, AABC Education and Advisory Services Coordinator

    Cost: AABC members $350.00 (CAD) / Non-member $500.00 (CAD); plus the cost of the course textbooks


    Christina Zamon. The Lone Arranger: Succeeding in a Small Repository (SAA, 2012)

    Kate Theimer. Management:  Innovative Practices for Archives and Special Collections (Rowman and Littlefield, 2014) 

    • April 27, 2023
    • 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Online

    Workshop: Records Management 101

    Date: Thursday, April 27, 2023

    Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm PST

    Location: online via Zoom

    Registration deadline: Tuesday, April 25, 2023

    Workshop details

    Join us for the workshop "Records Management 101" where participants will learn about the foundations of records management and how to apply principles and best practices to the creation, storage and use of active and semi-active records in their organization. Topics discussed during the workshop will also include definitions and strategies on how to classify records, using and creating records retention schedules, identifying vital records, and how to create an action plan for records management success!

    Participants will be sent training materials (slides and resource documents) before the workshop starts.


    • April 28, 2023

    2023 AABC & ARMA Vancouver Island Joint Conference

    "Access Ability: Exploring Themes of Access in Archives and Information Management"

    Date: Friday, April 28, 2023

    Location: Wilna Thomas Building, Camosun College Lansdowne Campus, Victoria, BC

    Format: Hybrid format (in-person and online)

    As archivists and information professionals, we serve the public, our community and/or our co-workers through access. “Accessing our collections” is often one of the most clicked webpages on an archives website, while information professionals similarly endeavour to improve the findability of records. This can involve collaboration with privacy and legal experts to limit access to records to certain approved individuals. Disability activists and Indigenous communities have also reminded us that access cannot and should not be a one-size-fits-all solution. Many of us are also still perfecting our remote access models, which we had to accelerate as a result of the ongoing pandemic. The purpose of this conference is to share resources and ideas related to improved access. After all, access is the primary consideration of archives and records management!

    Conference Schedule

    The speaker schedule for the conference will be available shortly on the conference website: ACCESS / ABILITY – 2023 AABC/ARMA VI Joint Conference

    Registration Notes

    • In-person registration includes coffee breaks and lunch.
    • Registration for the pre-conference workshop, "Records Management 101" that will be held on April 27 is NOT included in the conference registration. Please register for this training event separately.

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