AAO News

  • 03 Dec 2019 10:31 AM | MacKenzie Gott (Administrator)

    Consider giving back to the archival community today!

    Giving Tuesday is a global movement recognizing giving and volunteering. This year, consider directing your charitable dollars to the Archives Association of Ontario. 

    By donating to the AAO, you will help develop and sustain our programs and services. Your donation will assist the AAO in offering cost-efficient workshops and events for archivists and professionals in related fields as well as conference and educational bursary support for students and new or underemployed professionals. Donations also help to offset our reliance on grant funding. Our services, including our Archives Advisor and Archeion, Ontario’s Archival Information Network, are widely relied on by the community to improve the accessibility and preservation of Ontario’s irreplaceable documentary heritage.

    You can donate directly on the AAO website. You will receive a tax receipt for your contribution. Donors who contribute $200 or more will receive a complimentary copy of the AAO’s organizational history, In Pursuit of the Archival Endeavour: The Story of the Archives Association of Ontario.

    We truly appreciate your support.

    James Roussain

    President, 2018-2019

  • 23 Oct 2019 2:34 PM | Grant Hurley (Administrator)

    Hello AAO,

    The newest issue of Off the Record is now available for your reading pleasure! Nothing will pair better with the fresh air of this Autumnal day than a new issue of Off the Record.

    This issue features excellent contributions from Iona McCraith on emergency planning and response, Lisa Snider on bulk uploads to Archeion, and Jenna Lemay and Krista McCracken on an important new digitization initiative at the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre. Plus an interview spotlight feature with Rachel Beattie and news and announcements you can use! 

    The still-crisp Fall 2018 issue is now available to everyone.

    Happy reading!

    OTR Editor

  • 03 Sep 2019 2:37 PM | MacKenzie Gott (Administrator)

    The Archives Association of Ontario invites you to save the date for the 2020 AAO Conference, taking place from May 13-15, 2020 in beautiful Thunder Bay, ON!

    Theme and details to come! Stay tuned for more!

  • 30 Aug 2019 10:17 AM | MacKenzie Gott (Administrator)

    On behalf of the MAIG Executive, I am pleased to present the latest issue of the Municipal Archive Interest Group’s yearly publication, the MAIGazine. This issue highlights several creative educational and outreach initiatives undertaken by various archives throughout the Province. Thank you to all the MAIG Members who contributed to the 2019 Issue!

    For more information about MAIG, to view previous issues of the MAIGazine or to stay connected, please visit our page on the AAO website: http://aao-archivists.ca/maig.

    Thanks and take care,


    Gillian Shaw, M.I.

    Archival Records Analyst


  • 01 Aug 2019 9:05 AM | MacKenzie Gott (Administrator)

    It’s that time of year again! The Municipal Archives Interest Group (MAIG) is looking for submissions to include in our 2019 edition of the MAIGazine. This year we are seeking articles relating to risk-taking and innovation in archives. Have you developed a new innovative program at your institution? Are you utilizing public resources such as social media or online exhibits, in a creative or inspiring way? Have you ever taken risks or addressed a controversial topic when developing an exhibit? Please share your stories with us!

    If you are interested in submitting an article, please send your submissions to Megan Lockhart (mlockhart@oxfordcounty.ca) by August 16th.

    For information about MAIG, the MAIGazine or to view past issues, visit our webpage at http://aao-archivists.ca/maig​. Feel free to contact our executive with any questions.

  • 24 Jul 2019 1:37 PM | MacKenzie Gott (Administrator)

    The following email was received by James Roussain, President of the AAO, on July 17, 2019 from Doug Ford, the Premier of Ontario in response to the AAO's letter regarding funding for library services and the interlibrary loan program in Ontario

    Dear Mr. Roussain:

    Thanks very much for your letter on behalf of Archives Association of Ontario about the funding of library services and the interlibrary loan program in Ontario. I appreciate hearing your concerns.

    My colleagues and I know that public libraries play a critical role in rural, remote and Indigenous communities across the province. These are the very communities that we want to deliver more services to.

    That is why our government worked closely with the two library services to develop a plan that will allow the interlibrary loan program to continue. I am pleased that a solution has been found that can work for all parties involved. It is important that this valuable service continues to reach Ontario communities.

    I value our strong partnerships with Ontario Library Service-North and Southern Ontario Library Service and will continue to work with them to provide modern and sustainable library services to the people of Ontario. Together, we are ensuring that services are delivered in the most efficient and effective ways possible.

    Thanks again for contacting me.

    Doug Ford 
    Premier of Ontario

  • 22 Jul 2019 11:02 AM | Grant Hurley (Administrator)

    Hello AAO,

    The Summer 2019 issue of Off the Record is now available to members. Whether you're in the office or out, you will find a fantastic array of engaging articles!

    The features section includes two must-read pieces for those interested in digital archives and preservation. Jess Whyte and Emily Sommers of the University of Toronto discuss their recent move towards using modular digital preservation toolkits for safely imaging and analyzing external media like hard drives and USB keys. And Sara Janes of Lakehead University details a workflow developed for processing university records created and stored in Google Suite-based applications. 

    A final special feature is by information access advocate Ken Rubin, who reflects on how his training as a historian has led to a better understanding of records creation and management, aiding him in his fight for increased government transparency.

    And there's much more: Mary Kosta of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada Archives is profiled in the member spotlight feature, and also sent us a wonderful article on the Archives' work in preserving medical artifacts. You can catch up on AAO news and updates too, including the 2019 AAO award winners, and the AAO's upcoming strategic planning work! 

    And the still-hot Summer 2018 issue is now available free

    I hope you enjoy this issue - wherever it may find you!


    OTR Editor

  • 16 Jul 2019 1:39 PM | MacKenzie Gott (Administrator)

    Do you want to get involved with the Archives Association of Ontario (AAO)? Are you a new professional looking to meet fellow archivists and contribute to the field? If so, you’re in luck! The AAO is looking for individuals to help support our mandate of furthering the education of Ontario’s records and information professionals and advocating for the interests of the province’s community of archives, heritage organizations, and records institutions.

    The AAO is currently looking for volunteers for the following committees:

    • Professional Development Committee (PDC)
    • Provincial Acquisitions Strategy Working Group (PAS)
    • Advancement Committee
    • Communication and Advocacy Committee (CAC)
    • Digital Access and Preservation Committee (DAPC)

    Detailed committee descriptions and a listing of current membership can be found on the Committee page

    If you are interested in volunteering or wish to learn more about these opportunities, please reach out to the AAO Office at aao@aao-archivists.ca or to James Roussain at president@aao-archivists.ca


    James Roussain

    President, 2018-2019

  • 04 Jul 2019 2:58 PM | Gillian Shaw (Administrator)


    The MAIG Executive are excited to announce that the MAIG Open House will be taking place on Friday, October 18, 2019 at the Stratford-Perth Archives! Please join us and our gracious host Betty Jo Belton and her team as we explore the beautiful City and its archival collection. Lunch and lively archival conversation will be provided, so we hope you will be able to join us. 

    See the event page for details at: https://aao-archivists.ca/event-3473890

  • 03 Jul 2019 1:04 PM | MacKenzie Gott (Administrator)

    To the AAO membership,

    The Archives Association of Ontario extends a warm congratulations to former Chief Librarian and Archivist Ian E. Wilson on his promotion to Officer of the Order of Canada. 

    Mr. Wilson is honoured for his “sustained leadership in the development and accessibility of public archives, and for his published works on history, heritage and information management,” as explained on the Governor General’s website. We are proud to have an archivist receive such a distinguished award, an achievement which highlights the value that archives bring to Canadian society.


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