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The Original Order of Things:

An AAO Monthly Newsletter 

November 2022, Volume 2, Issue 11

Editor's Welcome

Welcome to the penultimate edition of the Original Order of Things for 2022! This month we are featuring a few new opportunities for professional development and research funding, as well as a reminder that the AAO’s 2023 conference planning is well underway. Happy reading! 

AAO Communications and Advocacy Committee   

AAO News

a. AAO’s 2023 Conference 

Call for Papers

The Archives Association of Ontario is pleased to announce its Call for Papers for the 2023 Annual Conference to be held from May 10 to May 12, 2023 at the Cobourg Community Centre in Cobourg, Ontario.

This year’s conference theme is Archives Rx: Healthy Collections and Communities. The Conference Program Committee invites proposals for examinations on this general topic in past, present, and future contexts.

The deadline for proposals is January 6, 2023. All proposals will be reviewed by a peer panel. We expect to inform all those who have submitted  a proposal with the result of the panel’s deliberations in early February 2023.

To submit a proposal to speak at the AAO 2023 Conference, please use this form. Do you have questions or want to discuss your ideas before submitting a proposal? We encourage you to reach out to

Call for Reviewers

Interested in helping shape the 2023 AAO Conference learning experience? The Conference Program Committee is seeking reviewers to evaluate and select speaker proposals for the upcoming conference. 

Want to learn more? Contact

b. AAO’s Professional Development Committee presents “Safe Spaces for BIPOC Records Professionals” with Melissa J. Nelson

The Safe Space virtual sessions are safe spaces set aside and reserved for archives workers and records managers from historically excluded groups in our profession to connect with one another in an informal, participant-driven environment. The first of three upcoming Safe Spaces sessions will take place on December 5, 2022 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm EST.

These sessions are open to students, emerging and established professionals, as well as those working in volunteer and activist roles. Note that this space is only open to Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) identifying archives workers and records managers. 

When: Monday, December 5, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

Where: Zoom (Link will be sent when registered)

Cost: Free

Registration link:

c. Toronto Area Archivists Group (TAAG) hosts virtual tour of CBC Transformation Office

TAAG is excited to announce that we will be hosting a virtual tour of the CBC Transformation Office! This is a free tour happening on Friday, December 2, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. Please register to receive the zoom link (it will be sent out the morning of the tour). 

The Transformation Office is home to CBC's information management experts. In addition to managing CBC's extensive archives, including film, video, image, audio and music content, the Transformation Office also takes a lead role in developing CBC’s use of metadata to support content personalization and intelligence.


    • Introduction: Christine Cadotte, Manager, Metadata Governance
    • Reference Library: Kate Zieman, Senior Media Librarian
    • Music Library: Patrick Alexander, Senior Media Librarian
    • Visual and Audio Research: ZoĆ« Barraclough, Library Coordinator
    • Acquisitions: Casandra Kubik, Senior Media Librarian, Pam Tyrrell, Library Coordinator
    • Media Management / Content Lifecycle: Matt Guerin, Supervisor
    • Media Management / Digital Asset Management: Marcos Armstrong, Senior Media Librarian
    • Content Consolidation: Russ McMillen, Library Coordinator
    • Semantics and Metadata: Caitlin Hoy, Senior Media Librarian
    • Mass Digitization: Bretton Weir, Library Coordinator
    • Indigenous Languages Archive Project: Lorne J. Shapiro, Project Lead
    • Q&A

When: Friday, December 2, 2022, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

Where: Zoom (Link will be sent when registered)

Cost: Free

Registration link:

If you have any questions, please contact Charly at      

d. The Brian King Fabulous Researcher Fund – Call for applications 2023

Founded in 1973, The ArQuives has grown to become one of the largest LGBTQ2+ archives in the world. By collecting and caring for vital historical records, personal papers, unpublished documents, publications, audiovisual material, works of art, photographs, posters, and other artifacts, The ArQuives is a trusted guardian of LGBTQ2+ histories and will be for generations to come.

The ArQuives created The Brian King Fabulous Researcher Fund in 2016 to honour the memory of former volunteer Brian King, one of the original Flashback Gala creators. Brian’s enthusiasm and devotion to the organization are legendary. The Brian King Fabulous Researcher Fund enables researchers outside of Toronto to travel to The ArQuives to conduct research.

Applications are open to Canadian and international scholars, graduate students, artists, cultural producers, and other independent researchers with an established research agenda who wish to conduct research at The ArQuives. The application is due January 29, 2023.

Applications should explain the research project’s focus, methodology, and engagement with existing scholarship. The application should also describe the intended product and The ArQuives’ collection(s) to be used during the proposed grant. Applicants new to The ArQuives collections are encouraged to consult our Online Collections Portal or our Digital Exhibitions sites.

The ArQuives has a COVID Vaccine and Safety Policy for all staff, volunteers, and researchers. Proof of vaccination is required for all researchers. Any applicants with exemptions due to medical reasons or religious beliefs must submit accommodation requests. Accommodations will be granted where they do not cause undue hardship or pose a direct threat to the health and safety of staff, volunteers, and community members.

Read more about the application process at

e. New Communications and Advocacy Committee email 

You can now contact the Communications and Advocacy Committee directly by emailing! If you have events that you would like advertised, job postings, advocacy initiatives, or any feedback for the committee, please feel free to send us a message! 

Job Postings

Archives Assistant, Lambton County Archives - Wyoming, Ontario (closes December 4, 2022)

Digital Archivist, University of Ottawa - Ottawa, Ontario (closes December 7, 2022)

Archives Volunteer [Volunteer Position]. The Presbyterian Church in Canada - Toronto, Ontario (closes December 9, 2022

Associate Archivist, City of Thunder Bay - Thunder Bay, Ontario (closes December 12, 2022)

Senior Specialist, Privacy. Ontario Health - Ontario, currently virtual; subject to change (closes December 31, 2022)

Upcoming Conferences

a. 2023 Archives Association of Ontario (AAO) Conference 

Theme: Archives Rx: Healthy Collections and Communities

Dates: May 10 -12, 2023 

Location: Cobourg, Ontario

Deadline for proposals: January 6, 2023

Website link

b. 2023 Association of Canadian Archivists Conference

Theme: Belonging - Considering archival bonds and disconnects 

Dates: June 28 - July 1, 2023

Location: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Deadline for proposals: January 6, 2023  

Website link

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

Location: Washington Hilton, Washington, DC

Deadline for proposals: December 2, 2022

Website link

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