AAO News

  • 29 Apr 2019 10:07 AM | Grant Hurley (Administrator)

    Hello AAO,

    As springtime seems to drag its heels, here's to hoping that this fresh issue of Off the Record will encourage the flowers to bloom and the trees to bud! 

    The Spring 2019 issue is now available for members.

    This issue features news and updates, a member spotlight interview with Ellen Millar, articles by the AAO's Iona McCraith on security and Lisa Snider on searching tips for Archeion, and feature contributions from Rebekah Mitchell on a volunteer-driven photo rehousing project, and by John Smart on the crucial role of the Friends of the City of Ottawa Archives in a fight for funding in 1996. 

    The equally sunny Spring 2018 issue is also available for everyone.

    Happy reading!


  • 09 Apr 2019 9:12 AM | MacKenzie Gott (Administrator)

    Dear AAO members,

    It is with great pleasure that the AAO Nominations Committee announces the following slate of Directors put forth to the AAO Membership for election at the Annual General Meeting in Belleville on May 9th, 2019. Please note that the new position of Web Administrator is contingent upon membership approval at the AGM.

    Vice-President/President Elect: Jennifer Grant

    Jennifer Grant is an assistant archivist at the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections at York University Libraries. She previously worked in Corporate Records and Archives at the Law Society of Ontario. Jennifer has a MISt (2008) with a specialization in archival studies from the University of Toronto.

    Secretary/Treasurer: Jessica Barr

    Jessica Barr is the University Archivist and Records Manager for the University of St. Michael’s College, where she is responsible for the official records of the University. She also manages the University art collection, the records of the Faculty of Theology, and the records of the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies.

    Director Without Portfolio: Samantha Shields

    Samantha Shields is a Photographic Archivist with Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and a member of the AAO’s Professional Development Committee. She holds a BAC (Honours) in Psychology and Art History from Queen’s University and earned her MLIS from the University of Western Ontario. Sam’s interest in the Archives sprouted while researching early Canadian photography during her undergrad. Her primary interests of research are the archival processing of born-digital photographs, and the exploration of using machine learning for assisting with image indexing and description.

    Web Administrator: MacKenzie Gott

    MacKenzie Gott is the Heritage Collections Officer at the Canadian Research Knowledge Network. She has worked in private, public, and non-profit settings as an information professional since graduating with a MA from York University and a MI from the University of Toronto. MacKenzie joined the Archives Association of Ontario in April 2016 as a member of the Communications and Advocacy Committee; she became the web administrator in September 2017 and since then she has revamped the website, co-wrote the social media policy, and published content on social media.

    Nominations from the floor will also be accepted during the AGM.

    See you at Belleville!

  • 04 Apr 2019 12:21 PM | MacKenzie Gott (Administrator)

    As part of its celebration of Archives Awareness Week, the Archives Association of Ontario is pleased to release the third edition of the Ontario Archival Accessions Register.

    Based on a survey of accessions received across the province in 2018, the OAAR presents basic information on newly acquired records, including the collecting institution, the record creator, a brief summary of the scope and content of the accession, outside covering dates, associated subject headings, reference codes or accession numbers, extent, and information on the relationship of the accession to existing holdings and descriptions (where applicable).

    The OAAR was developed as part of the AAO’s Provincial Acquisition Strategy to provide a common place for archives in Ontario to share accessions information in a spirit of openness and transparency intended to encourage cooperation and collaboration in archival acquisition. The data is also made available to allow for analysis of collecting patterns and trends, enabling the archives community to identify gaps in the archival record as we work toward ensuring our collective holdings are representative of the whole province and all its people.

    This third edition of the OAAR includes contributions from 17 archival institutions, together providing information on nearly 600 individual accessions received in the last calendar year. The range of participating archives is once again diverse, including municipal archives, community archives, university and college archives, museum archives, specialist archives and the Archives of Ontario.

    Download the 2018 OAAR from the AAO website and see what archives in Ontario have been collecting.

  • 24 Mar 2019 8:36 PM | Gillian Shaw (Administrator)

    Please join the MAIG Executive in the beautiful city of Belleville, for our Annual General Meeting. The afternoon meeting will take place at Loyalist College (Link Lounge), with light refreshments and exciting municipal updates. 

    When: Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 1:30 -3:20

    Where: Loyalist College (Link Lounge) | 376 Wallbridge Loyalist Rd, Belleville, ON, K8N 5B9

    We look forward to seeing you in Belleville!

    ~ For more information about MAIG, or to subscribe to our Listserv, please contact us at: maig.listserv@gmail.com ~

  • 01 Mar 2019 5:32 PM | MacKenzie Gott (Administrator)

    Donate items to this year’s Silent Auction!

    The 2019 AAO Conference will be hosted at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario.

    We are looking for members to donate items such as (but not limited to):

    • Artwork
    • Archival supplies
    • Baked goods 
    • Books (related to the profession)
    • Hand crafted pieces
    • Pottery
    • Gift Baskets

    Funds raised from this auction will go to the AAO Shirley Spragge Education Fund, to encourage the continuing education of archivists in Ontario. Your donations are greatly appreciated. A donation to the silent auction will support this fund and honour the memory of a respected colleague. All items donated will receive a tax receipt.

    If you are interested in donating to this year’s silent auction, please contact Kim Kerr and Carol Cooper by sending an e-mail to silentauction2019aao@gmail.com

  • 01 Mar 2019 10:26 AM | MacKenzie Gott (Administrator)

    Registration is Now Open for the 2019 AAO Conference!

    We are pleased to announce that the early bird registration for the Archives Association of Ontario (AAO) 2019 conference in Belleville, Ontario is now open! The theme of the conference is Unlocking the Vaults: Access, Outreach & Engagement. The conference will be held at Loyalist College, Belleville, from May 8 to May 10, 2019.

    The Program at a Glance is available on the conference website along with information about the pre-conference workshop, where to stay while in Belleville, social events and much more!

    For information about what is included in your registration and to register please visit the Conference Registration page. Early bird registration runs from March 1 to April 8, 2019. Registration will close on April 30.

    We hope to see you in The Friendly City!

  • 26 Feb 2019 7:43 AM | MacKenzie Gott (Administrator)

    AAO Board of Directors Election - 2019 Nomination Process

    Nominations are currently being accepted for four (4) positions on the Board of Directors of the AAO. Each term will commence upon election at the AAO’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), to be held on May 11, 2019.

    Please note that the new positions of Secretary, Treasurer, and Web Administrator are contingent upon membership approval at the AGM.

    Volunteering as a Director on the AAO Board offers an invaluable professional development experience. It provides candidates with an opportunity to network with other professionals in the field, develop their leadership skills, and to apply their existing knowledge and skill set to the service of Ontario’s archival community.

    The positions that are currently open for nominations include:

    Vice-President/President Elect: Three-year term (May 2019 – May 2022)

    The Vice-President/President Elect (VP) serves as the deputy to the President, and provides assistance in all aspects of Board planning and policy decision-making. Along with the President, the VP may represent the AAO at meetings with the Association's stakeholders and within the broader Canadian archival community. Specific duties include:

    • Liaising with AAO Standing and Special Committees and/or Sub-committees thereof, and Special Interest Groups (SIGs);

    • Performing the duties of the President in cases of absence or inability; and

    • Supporting the President in providing general supervision of the operations of the AAO, its staff, and the secretariat office.

    The VP assumes the position of President in the second year of his or her term; and in the third year serves as a non-voting member of the Board in the capacity of Past President.

    Director Without Portfolio: Two-year term (May 2019 – May 2021)

    The Director Without Portfolio position provides assistance in the general governing of the affairs of the Association. Specific duties may therefore include:

    • Serving as a Board liaison to one or more of the Standing and Special Committees of the AAO, and/or Sub-committees thereof;

    • Participating fully in Board decision-making; and

    • Contribute to the development of Association policies, procedures and guidelines.

    Secretary/Treasurer: Two-year term (May 2019 – May 2021)

    The Secretary/Treasurer provides a key oversight function of the financial affairs and records management of the association. Specific duties include:

    (Secretary role):

    • Being acquainted with Roberts Rules of Order, and ensuring the Board follows these in its proceedings;

    • Ensuring that documentation for all Board meetings is compiled, posted to the AAO Google Drive, and shared with meeting participants in advance of each meeting, consulting with Board members as necessary to do so;

    • Taking and finalizing all Board meeting minutes, and ensuring that all decisions are motioned and recorded;

    • Circulating draft Board meeting minutes to meeting participants for review within two weeks following each meeting;

    • Entering decisions carried in the master Motions database;

    • Saving all approved Board meeting minutes on the Google Drive and ensuring public access to them via the AAO website;

    • Playing a lead role in efforts to maintain and update the written policies, procedures, guidelines and manuals of the Board; and

    • In collaboration with the AAO Office, ensuring that the records of the Association are properly filed and disposed of.

    (Treasurer role:)

    • Monitoring, on a monthly basis, the AAO's budget as prepared and managed on the Association's behalf by the AAO Office, and bringing issues regarding revenues or expenditures to the Board's attention as they arise;

    • Ensuring the Board's financial policies are being followed, or recommending actions where financial policy gaps persist;

    • In cooperation with the President, approving all expenses incurred by the Association and signing all cheques of the Association;  

    • Recommending the approval of the auditor (to be identified by the AAO Office) to the membership (to be ratified at each AGM);

    • Presenting to the membership (at each AGM) highlights of the annual audit prepared by the auditor; and

    • On behalf of the Board, working with the AAO Office to ensure that government compliance documents are filed with various government agencies as required.

    Web Administrator: Two-year term (May 2019 – May 2021)

    • Maintaining the association’s website and providing administrative support to AAO members seeking to add or update content.

    • Promotion of AAO events and news via the association’s social media accounts.

    • Assist the annual conference committee with the promotion and communication of the conference through the website and social media accounts.

    • Maintain policies related to the position.

    • Prepare monthly reports and complete a monthly tracking form on the use of the association’s social media accounts.

    You are invited to contact the following current Board members with any questions about the available positions:

    Nominations are being accepted by email only. 

    Please complete and submit this form to the AAO Office at aao@aao-archivists.ca, using the subject line “Nominations 2019”, and direct your message to the attention of the Nominations Committee.

    Nomination forms must be received by the AAO Office by close of business on Monday, April 1, 2019.

  • 15 Feb 2019 10:56 AM | MacKenzie Gott (Administrator)

    Would you like to attend the 2019 AAO Conference in Belleville? Up to $650 in funding and free registration is available through the Shirley Spragge Bursary for students, new professionals, and archivists in financial need.

    The 2019 AAO Conference program follows the theme "Unlocking the Vaults: Access, Outreach & Engagement." Workshops, a reception, a banquet and other social events promise to make for a fantastic time! 

    Applications for the Shirley Spragge Bursary are now open. Applications close on March 8, 2019.

    To qualify you must be an AAO member and an Ontario resident, and be either:

    •  A student enrolled in a recognized archival program (must submit proof of enrollment), or
    •  A recent (1-3 years) graduate of a recognized archival program (must submit proof of program completion), or
    •  A practicing or volunteer archivist in financial need (must submit proof of employment or volunteering).

    The Shirley Spragge Bursary is adjudicated by the AAO Awards Committee. The successful applicant will be announced by the end of March. Interested applicants are required to fill in the bursary application available on the AAO website and demonstrate financial need, an interest in archives education and/or professional development, and confirmed intent to participate in the annual AAO conference.

    For more information and to submit your application, visit the Shirley Spragge Bursary page on the AAO website: http://aao-archivists.ca/shirley-spragge-bursary

  • 29 Jan 2019 12:30 PM | Grant Hurley (Administrator)

    Hello AAO,

    As your devoted OTR Editor trudged through the unplowed sidewalks of Toronto this morning to put the finishing touches on the newest issue of Off the Record, he would be pleased if you'd do him the favour of downloading it at your leisure! 

    The Winter 2019 issue is now available for members

    This issue features up-to-the-minute AAO news and updates, a member spotlight interview with John Lund, a report by AAO Archeion Coordinator Lisa Snider on the recent Ontario Museum Association conference, and a profile of the Archives of Ontario's new exhibit, ANIMALIA. It also includes a piece by yours truly on Alice Munro's short story "Dulse" and the archival narratives of Grand Manan Island, NB.

    The still-fresh Winter 2018 issue is now available free to anyone.

    Happy reading!


    OTR Editor

  • 28 Jan 2019 3:23 PM | MacKenzie Gott (Administrator)

    Greetings archival community of Ontario!

    You are invited to contribute to the 2018 edition of the Ontario Archival Accessions Register (OAAR). As in previous years, we are asking repositories to submit basic details on new accessions by completing the attached reporting form. We hope to continue building on the last two years’ surveys by encouraging even more institutions to participate, whether they are currently AAO members or not. The aim is to cast the net widely and capture the most comprehensive snapshot of archival collecting possible. We’re planning to use the three years’ worth of data to begin some analysis work on collecting patterns and trends, so the bigger the response rate the better.

    Please use the attached form to report material legally acquired by your institution in the calendar year 2018. Completed forms should be directed to: chairs@aao-archivists.ca  T

    The deadline to submit responses is Friday, March 15, 2019. The collected data will be made available on the AAO’s website during Archives Awareness Week in April.

    Background information and FAQs on the OAAR and the Provincial Acquisition Strategy of which it forms a part can be found on the AAO website.

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