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2022 Fall Symposium

Please join us on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 (9:30am-12:00pm) for the AAO’s Fall Institutional Members’ Symposium, organized by the Institutional Development Committee (IDC).

We are pleased to be joined by Jacinda Bain, who will be discussing work being done to represent racialized women working in technology, a project that is an element of the Tapestry Project. The City of Ottawa Archives’ mandate is to preserve the cultural memory and history of Ottawa’s communities, with the Tapestry initiative they are seeking records to make the collection more representative of the many different communities within Ottawa.

One of the gaps in the collection is the presence of racialized women working in the high technology sector (including the high tech sector itself). This gap analysis project that is an element of Tapestry is seeking to provide an efficient means to gather and identify what records may exist in this underrepresented community. There will be time for questions following this presentation.

Following their presentation, we will host a discussion forum on how to preserve (and locate) records of underrepresented groups within our own communities.

We will conclude with a members’ roundtable to discuss any topics or concerns that our institutional members may have.

The fall symposium will be held exclusively online via Zoom.


2022 Spring Symposium

Dear AAO membership,

Please join us on Wednesday, March 30, 2022 (9:30am-12:00pm) for the AAO’s Spring Institutional Members’ Symposium, organized by the Institutional Development Committee (IDC).

We are pleased to be joined by Dr. Cheryl Thompson and Dr. Karen Cyrus who will be discussing their project “Mapping Ontario’s Black Archive.” This will be a great opportunity to learn about this important work and to better understand how archives can support the building of an inventory of records related to Black history. Members may wish to read a recent TVO interview with Dr. Thompson to learn more: https://www.tvo.org/article/how-to-use-archives-to-find-hidden-black-histories.

Following their presentation, we will host a discussion forum on providing access to our patrons: how have services changed? What innovations have we had? How are we continuing to provide access to our collections?

We will conclude with a members’ roundtable to discuss any topics or concerns that our institutional members may have.

The midwinter symposium will be held exclusively online via Zoom.

Agenda:

        • 9:30-9:45am: Welcome, Land Acknowledgement, Announcements/Etiquette
        • 9:45-10:45am: Presentation by Dr. Cheryl Thompson and Dr. Karen Cyrus
        • 10:45-11:15am: Discussion of changes in services for researchers - providing access, innovations, change in priorities
        • 11:15-11:45am: Roundtable discussion: comments, questions, concerns
          • Slide featuring future topics (submitted by members to the membership survey)
          • Potential for a new type of advisor - what kind of advisory services they require?
          • The key to moving forward is have people start to think about what services they require? Past services were appreciated and valuable, but how do we reinvigorate?
          • Do people like these two half day sessions? How can we ensure that what we’re providing is different? If we could do this in person would people want to do that?
        • 11:45am-12:00pm: What’s in the air? Upcoming events?

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