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An AAO Monthly Newsletter

March 2022, Volume 2, Issue 3

Editor's Welcome

Greetings, Members! February was busy, and we are kicking off another eventful month starting with Archives Awareness Week from April 2 to 8, 2022 (NEXT WEEK!). This month’s newsletter includes all the information you will need to participate in #2022AAW, as well as important details for folks preparing to participate in this years’ highly anticipated AAO Conference, “These Are Unprecedented Times.” We are also debuting a new slate of workshop offerings from the Professional Development Committee. Read on for more! 

- Tys Klumpenhouwer and MacKenzie Gott, Editors.   


AAO News

a. Archives Awareness Week ‘Behind the Scenes’ - April 2-8, 2022

Archives Awareness Week (AAW) 2022 is next week! Remember to use the hashtag #2022AAW on any of your social media posts or events to spread the word! 

On Monday, April 4, 2022, a suite of volunteer information professionals will take over @AAO_tweet to discuss new initiatives or programs within their institutions, and take questions from fellow archival workers and users. The schedule for the takeover will be posted on the AAO’s social media this Friday, April 1, 2022. 

Tune into the AAO Instagram account (@archives.assoc.ontario) on Friday, April 8th for the release of short clips from some of our members giving us a glimpse of their favourite archival spaces and collections.

Speaking of #2022AAW, the Archives of Ontario will be hosting a live, virtual talk with Métis artist Tracey-Mae Chambers at 12:00pm on April 7, 2022. Tracey-Mae Chambers will create site-specific artwork at the archives for her Hope and Healing Canada project. Event details and registration can be found here.


Members looking to promote their own #2022AAW events are strongly encouraged to use the hashtag - we will retweet/repost! 

b. Professional Development Committee (PDC) activities - John Yolkowski, Co-Chair of the Professional Development Committee, provides an update on recent events and workshops.

Ah, spring seems to have sprung at long last—at least here in Toronto, where I write this. As the sun beckons us out from our collective hibernation, you may be wondering what to do this spring. Well, the AAO’s PDC has a few options to help you shake off those winter blues!

First up, the May conference will include a pre-conference workshop entitled “Introduction to Archival Digitization” on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 between 9:00 and 12:00pm. Led by McMaster’s Manager of Digitization Services, Krista Jamieson, this half-day workshop will be an exciting introduction to the world of workflows, specifications and, even, (briefly) the scary world of copyright. Please head over to our website to register today!

We are also in the final stages of planning a full day workshop on records management, so keep your eyes peeled for an email with more information.

And, finally, the PDC was hard at work planning next year’s workshops (and we have some exciting ideas for you—Monetary Appraisal! Copyright! Privacy! And more!), but as always, if you have any feedback or want to lead a workshop of your own, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Chair at professionaldevelopment@aao-archivists.ca. We love to hear from you!

AAO Conference 2022 Update


A reminder that registration for the 2022 virtual conference of the AAO is now open! The theme of the conference is "These Are Unprecedented Times. The conference will be held from May 25-27, 2022 using the Whova conference platform.


Reduced rates are available to members of the AAO. See the conference agenda for details on the conference program. 


Included in Registration:

  • Keynotes by Dr. Renée Lafferty-Salhany and Andrew Chernevych

  • Access to presentations by over 20 speakers

  • Meet & Greets with AAO’s many committees and chapters

  • Social activities organized by the Local Arrangements Committee

  • AAO poster session 

  • Safe spaces for archival workers 

  • And more! 


This year’s pre-conference workshop, “Introduction to Archival Digitization,” will be led by McMaster’s Manager of Digitization Services, Krista Jamieson! Registration for the workshop is separate. 


*The Conference Call for Posters has been extended to April 15! More information and submission guidelines can be found here.


Please be advised that this event is governed by the AAO’s Code of Conduct. If you have any questions, contact aao@aao-archivists.ca .


Job Postings

Contract Archivist (2-3 Positions) - Heritage Professionals, Ottawa, ON (closes April 1, 2022)

Records Management (Summer Student) - Choice Properties REIT, Toronto, ON (closes April 3, 2022)

Archives and Book Conservator - McMaster University, Hamilton, ON (closes April 3, 2022)

Archives Assistant - United Church of Canada, General Council Archives, Toronto, ON (closes April 4, 2022)

Archives Internship (Student) - St. Andrew’s College, Aurora, ON (closes April 4, 2022)

Curator - Ontario Art Collection, Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, Toronto, ON (closes April 5, 2022)

Archives Summer Student  - Stratford-Perth Archives, Perth County, ON (closes April 8, 2022)


Upcoming Conferences

a. Information Conference 2022, Presented by ARMA Canada

Date and location: May 30 - June 1, 2022, Toronto, Ontario (virtual)

Call for speakers: Open

Website link


b. Association of Canadian Archivists Annual Conference 2022

Date and location: June 15-18, 2022, Vancouver, BC. (hybrid: in-person/virtual)

Theme: UnSettled: Redefining Archival Power

Call for submissions closed

Website link


b. Society of American Archivists Annual General Meeting 2022

Date and location: August 20-27, 2022, Boston, Mass.(in-person)

Theme: ARCHIVES * RECORDS 2022

Call for proposals closed.

Website link


c. International Council of Archivists Roma 2022 Conference

Date and location: September 19-23, 2022, Rome Italy (in-person)

Theme: Archives: Bridging the Gap

Call for papers closed.

Website link


The Archives Association of Ontario (AAO) is led by a committed community of volunteers from across the province. 

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