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Opportunity Drives Collaboration: Processing the Largest Set of Digital Records in Private Archives at LAC

Summary:

The Prime Minister Project team at LAC is processing the largest set of digital records created by a private donor acquired by LAC. The project, funded for five years, includes the acquisition, archival processing, preservation, and client access to the records created during the Right Honourable Stephen Harper’s almost ten-year mandate. Our role as an archival project team is to build LAC’s capacity to manage 50TB of complex digital archival records – and we couldn’t do this alone. Since the Prime Minister Project has a unique position within LAC, our team has aimed to foster a collaborative approach with the many business partners that support our project mandate. In particular, in the context of processing digital records, our approach has been driven by developing direct relationships with our stakeholders. This presentation will focus on how our team have, at the project’s mid-point, worked to forge these critical relationships to support our work. Included in this presentation, we will share the project tools developed and used internally by our team, our approach for soliciting feedback on decisions impacting other areas of LAC, and our innovative laboratory approach, reliant on iterative learning opportunities, that has been developed with our digital archival colleagues.

Presenter:

Kelsey Beauvais

Kelsey joined LAC as an Archivist on the Prime Minister Papers Project in the fall of 2018. Previously, she worked with the Canadian Museums Association and more recently with the Canadian Commission for UNESCO as a Program Officer, where she coordinated the Canada Memory of the World Register as well as Canadian submissions to the International Memory of the World Register. Kelsey holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Laurentian University and a Master’s degree in History from the University of Ottawa (completing a portion at the Universit√© de Haute-Bretagne 2) with a specialization in 18th century French history.

Nicole Welsh

Nicole joined LAC as an Archival Assistant on the Prime Minister Papers Project in the summer of 2019, having previously worked at LAC as an Access to Information Analyst on the LGBT Purge Litigation Resolution Team. Prior to this, she worked as a Research Assistant in Treaties and Aboriginal Governance at Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada. Nicole holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Queen’s University and a Master’s degree in Russian and Eurasian Studies from Carleton University with a specialization in Soviet history.

Recorded Presentation

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