Conference 2016


The 2016 Joint AAO/AMA Conference was held at the Prince Arthur Hotel in Thunder Bay, Ontario from May 11-13 2016. It was hosted by members of the AAO's NOAA Chapter

The conference theme was Breaking Down the Barriers


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  • 06 Mar 2016 7:25 PM | Danielle Robichaud

    May 11, 2016


    7:00 - 9:00 pm Opening Reception: Thunder Bay Military Museum &
    O’Kelly Armouries
    • A kick-off to the conference hosted by the Thunder Bay Military Museum. Features free hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

    • The Thunder Bay Military Museum is located at 317 Park Avenue. This is 10 - 15 minute walk from the Prince Arthur Hotel.

    • Map from the Hotel to the Museum.

    • Transportation arrangements will be made for those with mobility difficulties. Please indicate that you will need transportation at the registration desk.
     9:00 pm - 12:00 am Post-reception pub night Costs are up to you! There are a number of excellent pubs within walking distance of the hotel. We will make a reservation closer to the date but need numbers so please register for this event.

    May 12, 2016


    12:30 – 1:45 pm AAO vs. AMA trivia game luncheon
    • Included with registration
    • A fun and informal trivia game to determine if Manitoba delegates know more about Ontario than Ontario delegates know about Manitoba
    • At stake? Bragging rights and prizes of unmentionable value
     5:30 pm - 12:00 am AAO/AMA Banquet Dinner at Fort William Historical Park Activities include : Guided walk ($12.00 plus HST); Voyageur Feast ($50.00 plus HST) at Fort William Historical Park; and a Star Walk at the David Thompson Observatory ($10.00 plus HST).

    5:30 pm: first bus pick-up at Prince Arthur Hotel (for guided tour participants)

    6:00 pm or before: guided tour of FWHP begins

    6:30 pm: second bus pick-up at Prince Arthur Hotel (for those attending only the dinner)

    7:30 pm: dinner begins when guided tour returns

    9:30 pm: dinner wraps up

    9:45 pm: first bus back to Prince Arthur hotel; guests attending Star Walk transported to observatory

    10:00 pm: Star Walk starts (maximum 50 people)

    10:30 pm: possible second bus back to Prince Arthur hotel if needed

    Midnight: last bus back to Prince Arthur hotel for Star Walk participants


      For those planning to drive the Fort is a 30 minute drive from the Prince Arthur Hotel.

       

      The dinner will be in the
      Canot du Nord building. There will be a four-course Voyageur Dinner served family style dinner, entertainment, and a cash bar.

        The David Thompson Astronomical Observatory is on FWHP grounds, and transportation will be provided from the banquet location to the Observatory

        6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Heritage walk of historic downtown Port Arthur

        The walk will be guided by Pamela Cain, City of Thunder Bay Historical Researcher

        There is an optional dinner at a local restaurant following the walk

        Costs are up to you but we still need numbers to make a reservation so please register for the event

        The walk and dinner will end in time in time to those wishing to attend the Star Walk.


        May 13, 2016


        12:00 - 1:30 pm AAO Awards Luncheon

        Included with registration

        Awarding of the AAO’s Corporate, Institutional, Alexander Fraser, and James J. Talman awards

        AMA delegates are welcome to enjoy the food and participate in celebrating the accomplishments of their Ontario colleagues.

        6:00ish until you want to leave Conference After Party

        Not flying out until Saturday (or later)? Recap your favourite conference moments with your fellow delegates

        Location is TBD.

        Plan A – Matt Szybalski’s deck and fire pit. This may not be possible if spring is late in arriving in Thunder Bay as the deck and fire pit may be covered in snow. Costs for Plan A: bring your own beverage, small cost for BBQ may be charged, for safety reasons you may have to arrange your own ride back to town. Bugs should not be an issue as they rarely wake up before June.

        Plan B – In the event that spring arrives late, or the bugs wake up early this will happen at a downtown pub. Costs are up to you but we still need numbers to make a reservation so please register for the event.


        Printable version of social happenings


      • 02 Mar 2016 8:51 PM | Danielle Robichaud

        DAY 1: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 
        Prince Arthur Hotel


        9:00 - 4:00 pm     

        Registration Check-in (Salon E)

        9:00 - 4:00 pm     

        Pre-Conference Workshop #1 Emergency Planning and Salvage

        (Salon A)


        Instructor: Iona McCraith, AAO Archives Advisor 

        2:00 - 4:00 pm     

        AAO Municipal Archives Interest Group (MAIG) Meeting  

        (Salon D)

        5:00 - 6:00 pm

        First-Timers Reception (Salon E)

        7:00 - 9:00 pm

        Opening Reception: Thunder Bay Military Museum & O’Kelly Armouries

        9:00 - 12:00 am

        Pub Night (The Foundry Pub)



        DAY 2: Thursday, May 12, 2016 

        Prince Arthur Hotel


        8:30 - 4:00 pm     

        Registration Check-in (Salon E)

        9:00 - 10:00 am     

        Opening Conference Keynote (Provincial Room)
        Keynote Speaker Address brought to you by Carr McLean      


        Moderator: Scott Goodine, Archives of Manitoba
        Speakers: Dr. Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada & John Roberts, Chief Privacy Officer and Archivist of Ontario


        Building relationships and collaboration with and between the archival community at both the national and provincial levels; and the roles between the federal and provincial institutions

        10:00 - 10:30 am     

        Vendors Fair & Refreshment Break (Salon E)

        10:30 - 11:30 am

        1a. Archivist Book Club hosted by AMA Education Committee
        (Provincial Room) 


        Moderators: Jessica Nichol & Tyyne Petrowski

        11:30 - 12:30 pm  

        Archives Association of Ontario Annual General Meeting
        (Provincial Room)  

           AMA Meeting (Salon D)

        12:30 - 1:45 pm  

        Lunch - AAO & AMA Trivia Game (Provincial Room)

        1:45 - 3:00 pm

        2a. Plenary on Truth & Reconciliation
        (Provincial Room)                              Moderator: Anne Lindsay

        Sarah Story, University of Manitoba

        Sarah Hurford, Library and Archives Canada

        Jason Bennett, Library and Archives Canada

        3:00 - 3:30 pm

        Vendor Fair & Refreshment Break (Salon E)

        3:30 - 4:45 pm

        3a. The Records We Are Not Proud Of: Discussion on Outreach and Controversial Materials

        (Salon A)
        Moderator: Sara Janes

        Sean Hayes, Seneca College

        Sara Janes, Lakehead University

        John D. Lund, City of Ottawa Archives

        Rebecka Sheffield, Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives

        6:00 - 7:30 pm


        Heritage Walk of Historic Downtown Port Arthur
        (Heritage Advisory Committee)

        7:30 - 10:00 pm

        Voyageur Feast at Fort William Historical Park 

        Conference Banquet brought to you by Ancestry

        10:00 - 12:00 am

        Star Walk at David Thompson Astronomical Observatory



        DAY 3: Friday, May 13, 2016 
        Prince Arthur Hotel


        8:30 - 3:00 pm     

        Registration Check-in (Salon E)

        9:00 - 10:15 am      

        4a. "Building memory: perspectives on acquisitions and appraisal" (Salon A)


        Moderator: Paul Henry


        Sean Smith, Archives of Ontario

        Matt Szybalski, City of Thunder Bay

        Catherine Bailey, Library and Archives Canada

        Tina Lloyd, Library and Archives Canada

        10:15 - 10:45 am    

        Vendor Fair & Refreshment Break (Salon E)

        10:45 - 12:00 pm

        5a. "Mediating discovery, privacy, and identity in archives"
        (Bertrand Room)

        Moderator: Donna Bernardo-Ceriz

        Michael Moir, York University

        Alison Little, Archives of Ontario

        Jay Young, Archives of Ontario

        Janel Cheng, Independent Researcher


        12:00 - 1:30 pm  

        AAO Awards Luncheon AMA delegates welcome 

        (Provincial Room)

        1:30 - 2:45 pm

        6a. Plenary: “It's nothing, I'm fine.”: Acknowledging Emotion and Affect in Archival Practice
        (Provincial Room)                               


        Moderator: Rebecka Sheffield

        Julia Holland, York University
        Danielle Robichaud, University of Waterloo

        Anna St. Onge, York University

        2:45 - 3:15 pm

        Refreshment Break (Salon E)

        3:15 - 4:30 pm

        Closing Plenary Speaker: Dr. Tom Nesmith, University of Manitoba

        (Provincial Room)                            Moderator: Emma Prescott

        “Archives and Politics: The Last Taboo?”

        The socio-political weakness of archives is the most pressing problem confronting archivists. This paper takes up this issue in an effort to stimulate further thinking about how archivists can be more effectively engaged in what is essentially political activity.

        6:00 - 9:00 pm

        Conference After Party - Choose Your Food Adventure


        Join one of our Food Adventure teams for a table at a fantastic local restaurant. Sign up at the conference registration table. 


      • 01 Mar 2016 11:35 PM | Danielle Robichaud

        The AAO's Fundraising Committee is currently recruiting sponsors for the upcoming 2016 Joint AAO/AMA Conference, which will be taking place May 11-13 in Thunder Bay. More information about this sponsorship opportunity and the related sponsorship packages is available here.

        If you are interested in sponsoring the event, or if your company would like to attend as a vendor, we would love to hear from you! Please contact Dana Thorne with any questions or for any additional information by email.

      • 14 Jan 2016 12:45 PM | Danielle Robichaud

        Inspired by the Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA) poster session, the Archives Association of Ontario (AAO) and the Association for Manitoba Archives (AMA) are pleased to announce its Call for Posters at the AAO/AMA Joint 2016 Conference to be held 11-13 May 2016 in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

        The Conference Program Committee invites poster proposals pertaining to all areas of archival theory and practice, as well as those that address the conference theme “Archives Confidential: Breaking Down the Barriers”. Examples of the conference theme may include topics that are often overlooked, are not addressed in an inclusive manner or that create discomfort or discord in the relationships between practitioners, record creators, donors, users of archives, and the general public. Topics include, but are not limited to:

        • Truth and Reconciliation.
        • Professional failures and how we learn from them.
        • How do we care for and represent records of trauma?
        • What are we not effectively addressing as a profession?
        • Representation of people/groups in archives and archival exhibits.
        • How do we build or repair relationships with groups in the communities that we serve and foster trust in our institutions?
        • What happens when we morally disagree with the appraisal and description of material held within our collections?
        • How do we effectively acknowledge language, social custom, race, or gender barriers within both our collections and professional community?

        Submissions of poster proposals are invited for a special lightning round dedicated to student scholarship, new professionals, and emerging research during the joint conference*. Individuals will have 5 minutes to present their poster followed by a question and answer period. Poster dimensions 32” x 40”.  

        The poster proposals should be sent with a brief abstract of 250 words to the AAO Office.

        The deadline to submit poster proposals is March 31, 2016.

        On behalf of the AAO/AMA Joint 2016 Conference Program Committee

        *Please note that the Conference Program Committee will not be able to provide complimentary registration to our presenters, and they will need to register and secure their own funding to attend the conference.


      • 30 Sep 2015 10:12 AM | Danielle Robichaud

        The Archives Association of Ontario (AAO) and the Association of Manitoba Archives (AMA) are pleased to announce a joint conference to be held 11-13 May 2016 in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The AAO conference held in Thunder Bay in 2011 was the biggest ever gathering of archivists in Thunder Bay’s history. Archivists from Manitoba helped establish that record. The partnering of the two associations will make the 2016 super-conference even more successful.

        The Call for Papers for the joint 2016 AAO/AMA Conference has been extended to October 30th.

        Archives Confidential: Breaking Down the Barriers

        The Conference Program Committee invites proposals pertaining to all areas of archival theory and practice that address issues seen as taboo within our community. Examples of these issues may include topics that are often overlooked, are not addressed in an inclusive manner or that create discomfort or discord in the relationships between practitioners, record creators, donors, users of archives, and the general public. Topics include, but are not limited to:

        -Truth and Reconciliation.

        -Professional failures and how we learn from them.

        -How do we care for and represent records of trauma?

        -What are we not effectively addressing as a profession?

        -Representation of people/groups in archives and archival exhibits.

        -How do we build or repair relationships with groups in the communities that we serve and foster trust in our institutions?

        -What happens when we morally disagree with the appraisal and description of material held within our collections?

        -How do we effectively acknowledge language, social custom, race, or gender barriers within both our collections and professional community?

         Submissions of proposals for entire sessions or for individual papers are invited. The proposals should be sent with a brief abstract of 250 words and a bio to the AAO Office at aao@aao-archivists.ca

          

        On behalf of the 2016 AAO/AMA Conference Program Committee


      • 13 Jul 2015 2:56 PM | Danielle Robichaud

        The Archives Association of Ontario (AAO) is pleased to announce its Call for Papers for the 2016 AAO Conference to be held 11-13 May 2016 in Thunder Bay, Ontario (please note the conference is earlier this year so preparation deadlines have also been moved up).  

        Archives Confidential: Breaking Down the Barriers

        The Conference Program Committee invites proposals pertaining to all areas of archival theory and practice that address issues seen as taboo within our community. Examples of these issues may include topics that are often overlooked, are not addressed in an inclusive manner or that create discomfort or discord in the relationships between practitioners, record creators, donors, users of archives, and the general public. Topics include, but are not limited to:

        • Truth and Reconciliation.
        • Professional failures and how we learn from them.
        • How do we care for and represent records of trauma?
        • What are we not effectively addressing as a profession?
        • Representation of people/groups in archives and archival exhibits.
        • How do we build or repair relationships with groups in the communities that we serve and foster trust in our institutions?
        • What happens when we morally disagree with the appraisal and description of material held within our collections?
        • How do we effectively acknowledge language, social custom, race, or gender barriers within both our collections and professional community?

        Submissions of proposals for entire sessions or for individual papers are invited. The proposals should be sent with a brief abstract of 250 words and a bio to:

        AAO Office at aao@aao-archivists.ca

        The deadline to submit proposals is October 15, 2015.


        We are happy to announce that the 2016 AAO Conference will include our second Student Papers and Posters session. A call for submissions will be issued later this year.


        On behalf of the AAO 2016 Conference Program Committee


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