Workshops and Events


The AAO provides basic and continuing education to assist individuals working in information management professions to gain knowledge of archives, adhering to Canadian archival standards. Specialized workshops are delivered by professionals on a variety of archival, information management and preservation topics.

The Professional Development Committee oversees the development and scheduling of AAO work shops and welcomes any workshop suggestions.


As a compliment to the professional development opportunities provided by AAO workshops, AAO Chapters and affiliated organizations hold regular events, tours and mixers that are an excellent way to meet and engage with members of Ontario's archival community. 

Upcoming events

    • 24 Nov 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (EST)
    • John M. Kelly Library, St. Michael's College in the Computer Lab (Rm. 232)
    Registration is closed

    The Toronto Area Archivists’ Group (TAAG) is pleased to announce an upcoming workshop: Introduction to Omeka.

    Back by popular demand! Learn how to display collections, build exhibitions, gather stories, and map photographs online using the free, web-hosted platform, Leslie Barnes from the University of Toronto Libraries Information Technology Services will provide an introduction to this platform and its basic functions including effective exhibit design. No technical skills, previous experience or special server requirements are necessary. All you need is a free Omeka account, which will be created during the class. This is a great resource for small archives or archives who are looking to start building an online presence.

    No computer necessary.

    Please know that lunch nor refreshments will be provided, but there are several affordable options in the are.

    *Date:* Friday, November 24, 2016, 10 AM–2 PM
    *Cost:* $40 for AAO members / $60 for non-members
    *Location:* Computer Lab (Rm. 232), John M. Kelly Library, St. Michael's College
    113 St. Joseph Street, Toronto []

    Space is limited! Please RSVP by November 22 at

    For questions, please contact TAAG at or see event poster:

    • 22 Jan 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Archives of Ontario (134 Ian MacDonald Blvd, North York, Toronto)
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    Course title: Research Methods for Genealogy and Local History

    Instructor: Lutzen Riedstra

    Date and time: Monday, January 22, 2018, 9:00 – 4:00

    Location: Archives of Ontario classroom, 134 Ian MacDonald Blvd, North York, Toronto

    Minimum/maximum participants: 10 minimum and 20 maximum

    Cost: $100 (student AAO member); $125 (AAO member); $200 (non-member)

    AAO-PDC facilitator: TBA

    Other: Refreshments will be provided. Lunch is available at York University campus food court.

    Course description: This one-day workshop will guide information professionals on how to support their users’ genealogical and local history research. Participants will be introduced to genealogy, its methodology and the aims of the researcher, as well as to a variety of local history research interests. They will be given an overview of the types of published, archival and online resources that are available to researchers. Course participants will be better able to provide reference services to patrons in these popular areas.

    Instructor Bio: Lutzen Riedstra is the former archivist for the Stratford Archives, and currently teaches a course in archival description for Western University. He has extensive working experience as a genealogist and local historian.

    Learning objectives:

    •       Understand how to conduct a reference interview with a researcher

    •       Be familiar with genealogical and local history research methodology

    •       Understand how to identify and interpret primary archival sources such registry office records, municipal records, census records, directories, and other local resources

    Course format: Lecture/demonstration

    *Registration closes 10 days before the workshop date.

Past events

22 Nov 2017 TAAG-University of Toronto ACA Student Chapter Pub Night
10 Nov 2017 Electronic Records Management Workshop
26 Oct 2017 IDC Institutional Issues Forum: Doing More with Less
12 Oct 2017 Ottawa’s Tavern History, learn about Ottawa’s exciting tavern history
29 Sep 2017 Municipal Archives Interest Group (MAIG) Open House
28 Sep 2017 Trinity College Archives tour (and pub night!)
22 Sep 2017 SWOC Welcome Back BBQ
03 Jun 2017 SWOC AGM
13 May 2017 AAOEe AGM
28 Apr 2017 Pub Night - April 28 - AAO Conference Social Event
27 Apr 2017 Tour #4 - 2017 Conference Social Event
27 Apr 2017 Tour #3 - 2017 Conference Social Event
26 Apr 2017 Pub Night - April 26 - AAO Conference Social Event
26 Apr 2017 Tour #2 - 2017 Conference Social Event
26 Apr 2017 Tour #1 - 2017 Conference Social Event
26 Apr 2017 "Managing Small Archives" Pre-Conference Workshop
26 Apr 2017 2017 AAO Conference
20 Apr 2017 A Day in the Life of an Archivist
09 Mar 2017 TAAG AGM
02 Mar 2017 AAOEe Game Board Night
19 Jan 2017 TAAG's Winter Warmer
17 Nov 2016 AAO How Legislation Affects Archives or ‘How not to go to Jail’
11 Nov 2016 TAAG Fall workshop: Introduction to
07 Nov 2016 TAAG Member Recognition Night
29 Oct 2016 AAO How To Run A Successful Oral History Project
27 Oct 2016 2016 Institutional Issues Forum
13 Oct 2016 Ontario Provincial Archivist in the Capital, let's talk Acquisition Strategy
28 May 2016 SWOC AGM and Archives Tour
11 May 2016 AAO 2016 Pre Conference Workshops
11 May 2016 2016 AAO/AMA Joint Conference
05 May 2016 AAOEe 2016 AGM
30 Apr 2016 AAO Wikipedia Edit-a-thon - FREE EVENT
30 Apr 2016 AAO Wikipedia For Archivists
21 Apr 2016 taag 2016 AGM
20 Apr 2016 Provincial Acquisition Strategy for AAOEe members
19 Apr 2016 Provincial Acquisition Strategy for SWOC members
31 Mar 2016 Provincial Acquisition Strategy for taag members
05 Mar 2016 SWOC Spring Thaw
05 Feb 2016 AAOe Winter Welcome – Trivia and Skate Night : Syrian Refugee fundraiser
24 Nov 2015 An evening with Dr. Ian Milligan
19 Nov 2015 taag - Reception for Ontario's new Chief Privacy Officer & Archivist of Ontario, John Roberts!
14 Nov 2015 SWOC Annual General Meeting
12 Nov 2015 NOAA Presentation and Discussion
05 Nov 2015 taag Walking Tour
26 Oct 2015 AAO Emergency Response and Salvage workshop
22 Oct 2015 Institutional Issues Forum
02 Oct 2015 MAIG Open House
01 Oct 2015 Taverns & Troublemakers/Tavernes et rabat-joie
17 Sep 2015 Book Launch - Monda Halpern's Alice in Shandehland
11 Sep 2015 Digital Preservation and Access with AtoM and Archivematica
27 May 2015 2015 AAO Conference
22 May 2015 AAOEe Chapter AGM and Social
23 Apr 2015 How Legislation Affects Archives or ‘How not to go to Jail’
16 Apr 2015 The Toronto Area Archivists’ Group 2015 Annual General Meeting
09 Apr 2015 We Found It in the Archives Film Night
20 Feb 2015 Introduction to the Preservation of Electronic Records
24 Jan 2015 SWOC Winter Warmer
22 Jan 2015 The Art of Archives
27 Nov 2014 Tour of Jewish Community Centre and Or Shalom Synagogue
27 Nov 2014 AAOEe Remembrance Tour
21 Nov 2014 TAAG’s Fall Workshop: Simple Preservation Treatments for Flat Records
01 Nov 2014 Oral History Workshop: Engaging with Stories
15 Oct 2014 NOAA AGM
28 May 2014 BOTH Pre Conference Workshop #1 AND #2
28 May 2014 ONLY Pre-Conference Workshop #2 - Event Planning
28 May 2014 ONLY Pre-Conference Workshop #1 - Using Archives for Educational Programs
28 May 2014 AAO 2014 Conference
07 May 2014 Silver Level Sponsor
07 May 2014 Gold Level Sponsor - Keynote Speaker

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