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The Original Order of Things:

An AAO Monthly Newsletter 

May 2023, Volume 3, Issue 5

Editor's Welcome

Greetings members! We hope everyone is enjoying spring/early summer! In this month’s newsletter, we recap last month’s hugely successful AAO Conference, including introducing the  new Board members and announcing the winners of this years’ awards. 

AAO Communications and Advocacy Committee   

AAO News

a.  AAO’s 2023 Conference Recap

The 2023 AAO conference was held from May 10th to May 12th virtually on the Whova platform. The 3-day conference kicked off with a pre-conference workshop hosted by the Professional Development Committee on welcoming interns, students and volunteers in the archives. Check out the conference agenda for a full list of sessions. Closing off the conference was the Annual General Meeting. View the AGM Information Package for a detailed report. 

b.  AAO’s 2023 Post Conference Survey

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2023 AAO Virtual Conference. Please let us know how we did by filling out our survey

c. Announcement of AAO Board of Directors for 2023-2024

The AAO is pleased to announce the 2023-2024 AAO Board of Directors. Together, we look forward to working alongside the Ontario archival community to uphold the values of the Association.

Thank you to departing directors for their dedication, wisdom, and contributions, especially Krista McCracken who served as Past President, Charlotte Chaffey who served as Secretary/Treasurer, Charly Wreggitt who served as the Chapter Stakeholder, John Yolkowski who served as Professional Development Committee Chair, and Sara Janes who served as Director without Portfolio. 

The 2023-2024 AAO Board of Directors comprises of the following:

  • President: Sarah McDougall
  • Vice-President / President Elect: Helen Liu
  • Secretary / Treasurer: Al Stanton-Hagan
  • Institutional Development Committee Chair: Jessica Barr
  • Professional Development Committee Chair: Teresa Wong
  • Director without Portfolio: Leslie Thomas
  • Director without Portfolio: Krista Jamieson
  • Chapter Stakeholder: Michael deJong
  • Past President: Rachel E. Beattie
  • Web Administrator: Tiffany Ribeiro
d. 2023 AAO Award Recipients Announced 

The AAO Awards Committee was pleased and honoured to announce the winners of the 2023 AAO Awards at the Annual General Meeting held on May 12, 2023. The winners are listed below:

  • AAO Emerging Leader Award: Sarah Glassford  
  • Alexander Fraser Award: Ellen Millar 
  • AAO Corporate Award: Appleby College

Read more about the 2023 AAO award winners.

e. New Archeion Authority Record Policy

The AAO is pleased to announce the introduction of a new Archeion Authority Record Policy. This policy outlines the minimum requirements for authority records in Archeion and is effective June 1, 2023. This policy applies to Archeion authority records created after June 1, 2023 and is intended to guide contributing Archeion institutions in working toward standardisation for authority record entries in Archeion. Existing authority records created before June 1, 2023, are not required to be modified by Archeion institutions.

Access Archeion authority records. Standardisation and common formatting of authority records will improve navigation and information retrieval within Archeion. The policy will directly contribute to the Archives Association of Ontario’s goal of promoting professional standards, procedures, and practices among archival repositories. The Archeion Coordinator is available to support member institutions with any questions regarding the policy. Member institutions are invited to provide feedback about the policy. The policy will be reviewed annually.

You can view the policy in the About Archeion web page under “Archeion Policies”.

Institutional members are also invited to join the Archeion Coordinator at the Monday, June 5, 2023, Archeion Support Zoom Drop In to discuss the new policy and other general authority record questions. Please contact the Archeion Coordinator if your institution has not received the Zoom link to the drop ins, scheduled every Monday at noon until August 28, 2023.

Job Postings

Consulting Archivist, Arnprior & McNab/ Braeside Archives
Arnprior, Ontario 
Deadline: June 4, 2023

Archivist- Temporary Full Time
Hamilton, Ontario
Deadline: June 8, 2023

Team Coordinator, National Research Council Canada
Across Canada
Deadline: June 8, 2023

Inventory for various EC-02 positions (Archival Assistant, Reference Technician, etc.), Library and Archives Canada
Ottawa, Ontario (in addition to other locations, see job poster)
Deadline: June 30, 2023

Upcoming Conferences

a. 2023 Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA) Conference

Theme: Belonging - Considering archival bonds and disconnects 

Dates: June 28 - July 1, 2023

Location: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Deadline for proposals: Closed

Website link

b. 87th Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archivists      Dates: July 22 - July 29, 2023

Location: Washington Hilton, Washington, DC

Deadline for proposals: Closed

Website link

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