Ontario's new Provincial Acquisition Strategy

10 Jun 2016 8:33 AM | Danielle Robichaud

It’s true. Ontario now has a Provincial Acquisition Strategy

It is a great pleasure to announce that the membership of the Archives Association of Ontario unanimously endorsed the AAO-sponsored provincial acquisition strategy at its recent Annual General Meeting in Thunder Bay on May 12th. Along with this support came an endorsement of the vision and direction of the Private Acquisition Strategy Working Group.

The upcoming year is going to be an exciting one for the archival community in Ontario, as it will be used to share and implement the Strategy and enable AAO members to start thinking about developing a documentation strategy for the province.

As has been previously mentioned, the Working Group has developed a suite of tools to help ease the implementation of the Strategy and to increase its impact. These tools were created not only to support the Strategy, but were also designed to support existing AAO programs. All of these tools and documents have been posted on the Institutional Development Committee’s section of the AAO website. Special attention should be drawn to our new Archeion-linked map of archives in Ontario, which you should check out if you haven’t already.

To assist with the implementation of the Strategy we are asking AAO members and AAO member institutions to:

  • complete or update your institutional profile in Archeion to include information about your acquisitions policy (mandate, geographic and/or thematic scope etc.);
  • share the strategy with memory institutions in your regions who many not be affiliated with the AAO, noting that it is open to all institutions in the province. Ask them to create an institutional profile in Archeion to increase their visibility and so that we can put them on our map;
  • contribute to the Ontario Archival Accessions Register (OAAR) on an annual basis; and
  • start thinking about how we, as a province, can meet the challenges and fill in the gaps of our documentary heritage.

We’ve had some great discussions with members all over the province in the course of developing the strategy over the past 9 months and want to thank everyone who contributed their thoughts, concerns and ideas. As always, please feel free to get in touch with the Working Group if you want to share any feedback, comments or suggestions, or if you have any questions. The Working Group as a whole can be reached via the Institutional Development Committee chair’s email address: idc@aao-archivists.ca


Aaron Hope

Member of the IDC Provincial Acquisition Strategy Working Group

Address: 411 Richmond Street East, Suite 200, Toronto, ON M5A 3S5

Phone: 647-343-3334 | Email: aao@aao-archivists.ca


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