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Institutional Issues Forum 24 October 2019 – Introduction to theme of the Forum

Stay right where you are; we are on our way -- This is not an emergency. It is an opportunity. 

Increasingly, archivists are being challenged to think outside the box. This, more often than not, means that archivists need to reach out to meet communities wherever they are rather than assume that communities will come to them. Recent conference presentations have demonstrated that there is a desire by diverse communities to tell their own stories, usually online via personal websites, Wikipedia or on social media. In doing so, they are creating histories, but who will ensure their long term preservation and what roll is there for archives in telling those tales? If we can no longer assume that researchers will come to our reading rooms, then where is the best place for us to meet our researchers?

Institutional Issues Forum - Agenda

Hosted by the AAO Institutional Development Committee

October 24, 2019 9:15 – 3:30

Archives of Ontario
134 Ian Macdonald Blvd

Toronto ON

9:15 – 9:45 Coffee and meet and greet (Coffee and light refreshments will be provided)

9:45 – 10:15 Welcome, introduction and updates 

10:15 – 11:00 Stay right there; we’re on our way

  • General discussion about what this means for various AAO institutions, how we’ve met the challenge, what kind of support can be offered, etc.

11:00 – 12:00 Wikidata, Wiki Commons, Wikisource, Wikiwhat?

    • This session will explore the opportunities available for archives looking to reach an audience broader than the one that typically comes through their doors. It will examine the what’s and the how’s of using various Wikepedia platforms for disseminating knowledge about our collections. 

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch(A variety of restaurants are available on the York University Campus for lunch.) 

1:00 – 2:00 Meeting users in new places

    • Online - using social media to make your small archives bigger 
    • On the street – engaging new users face to face in unfamiliar places

2:00 – 2:30 Our tools – improving our tools and practices to meet user needs

2:30-3:00 Hearing voices outside the mainstream 

    • What are our responsibilities as archivists to reach out to underrepresented communities and how are we meeting that challenge?

3:00 – 3:30 Institutional Development Committee updates


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