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  • 06 Apr 2017 2:20 PM | Iona McCraith (Administrator)

    As part of Archives Awareness Week your intrepid Advisor is today visiting at Archives of Ontario where the Ontario Historical Society is holding their Symposium Active Archives: Bringing Ontario's History Online.  It's a full house with over 50 participants from OHS and I'm enjoying meeting several to talk about AAO services like Archeion and the Advisor programs.

  • 01 Mar 2017 10:38 PM | Iona McCraith (Administrator)

    Looking forward to conducting practice training day on emergency response and salvage for Archives of Ontario staff on March 2, 2017.  There may be tweets and photos of the fun.

  • 01 Mar 2017 10:36 PM | Iona McCraith (Administrator)

    There is still time to apply for a YCW Internship as the deadline is March 15, 2017. Institutions who have already applied for a summer project are also welcome to submit an application for an internship as well. More information at

  • 23 Feb 2017 6:39 PM | Iona McCraith (Administrator)

    It's almost here again - Archives Awareness Week 2017 is April 3-9. Are you planning an event, special activity, lecture, tour at your archives to celebrate Archives Week in Ontario? If so the AAO has some tools to help you on our website. Coming soon will be new posters, free to download, tips and tools to help publicise your event and a special page on our website where we can promote your event or activity, So watch this space for more details about Archives Awareness Week 2017 resources.

  • 31 Oct 2016 5:41 PM | Iona McCraith (Administrator)

    A new cycle of funding under DHCP is now open for applications.  The deadline is January 27, 2017.  Application forms and Guidelines can be found here on Library and Archives Canada website

    Tips on how to prepare a stronger DHCP application can be found here

    If you need more information or help contact the AAO Advisor Iona McCraith.

  • 04 Aug 2016 11:52 AM | Iona McCraith (Administrator)
    Did you know - Even if wet documents have been freeze dried or gone through irradiation treatment there can still be a risk of allergic reaction if you are exposed to documents that had mould.   Monona Rossol, widely respected Industrial Hygenist, explains why in recent posting on the Consdistlist :

    Date: 24 Jul 2016

    From: Monona Rossol <actsnyc<-at->cs<.>com>

    Subject: Handling documents after restoration from flood

    Peggy W. Norris <peggywnorris<-at->gmail<.>com> writes

    >Is there anything about the either freeze-drying or irradiation that would increase the risk of allergens?  Are there any other issues with freeze-dried, irradiated documents that we should be aware of?

    "Musty smell indicates a live and active mold infestation.  But if there are particles of dead mold structures in the items, these are quite capable of causing allergic symptoms.  The same proteins are present in the structure fragments. Dead mold is almost as allergy-provoking as live mold.  The only difference is that people who are also allergic to some of the complex "fragrance" chemicals active molds release will not be affected as strongly.  However, it is the proteins in the molds themselves that provoke most people.

    And depending on the contents of the storm water, there may be other chemicals present in the artifacts.  For example, the Sandy water from our area hauled up a load of industrial chemicals from the water and the sediments from the bottoms of our not-too-clean waterways plus some ugly bacteria from sewerage overflows and deposited all this junk in our stuff."

    Monona Rossol, M.S., M.F.A., Industrial Hygienist

    President:  Arts, Crafts and Theater Safety, Inc.

    Safety Officer: Local USA829, IATSE

    181 Thompson St. #23

    New York, NY 10012


  • 15 Apr 2016 4:21 PM | Iona McCraith (Administrator)

    #AAW2016 was quite successful with many interesting events going on around the province to celebrate archives during the week of April 4-10.  Thank you to everyone who opened their doors to the public, hosted a special event, posted about it on Twitter, Facebook and the AAOLIST.

    AAO with generous support from the Archives of Ontario created posters and other resources for our members use in planning or promoting archives during this celebratory week.  We also hosted a calendar of your events here on the website for public to see what was happening where.

    Now we are already beginning to think about Archives Awareness Week 2017.  We would appreciate your feedback about this year and whether our resources were useful to you and which ones you used.  We would also like to hear your comments and ideas for how AAO can help promote Archives Awareness in 2017. This is a big year as Canada celebrates 150 years of confederation so we want to ensure everyone knows the value and importance of archives in telling our story of the past 150 years and for the next 150.  You an send your ideas, suggestions, comments, via email to  

  • 03 Mar 2016 6:00 PM | Iona McCraith (Administrator)

    Dear AAO Members,

    I am very happy to announce April is not only the start of Spring, it is also when Ontario celebrates all things archival !    April 4th - 10th let's really showcase our archives during Archives Awareness Week 2016.  

    To give you inspiration and help you start planning an event, the Archives Association of Ontario has provided a really great set of posters, tips, tools and ideas for events on our new website page dedicated to Archives Awareness Week. All of these free resources can be found in the Members Only Resources section of the website here   So check it out.  Special thank you to Archives of Ontario for their generous support in producing the posters.

    Already have an event planned for Archives Awareness Week?  You can have information about it posted on our website here.  Email  the Archives Advisor to submit information on your event.  

    And tell your family, your neighbors, your friends, your local politician - the archivists are coming!!

  • 29 Feb 2016 11:07 PM | Iona McCraith (Administrator)

    Coming soon to a website near you... this one.  A brand new page with tips, tools and an awesome poster you can download all for free, to help you promote your archives during Archives Awareness Week, April 4 to 10.

  • 04 Feb 2016 6:30 PM | Iona McCraith (Administrator)
    Save the date - Archives Awareness Week in Ontario will be celebrated April 4-10, 2016.. To help you plan an event to mark this week the Archives Association of Ontario in partnership with staff from Archives of Ontario are preparing tools, tips and guidelines, including a poster, to help you promote your archives, plan a special event, or other outreach activity during this week. Further announcements about these resources, which will be made available on the AAO website for free download, will be coming about the end of February so watch for details.

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