Workshop on Archival Preservation and Updates in Preventative Care with Kyla Ubbink

  • 04 Oct 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (UTC-04:00)
  • City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa

Join the Archives Association of Ontario East/est as we host a Workshop on Archival Preservation and Updates in Preventative Care with Kyla Ubbink!

Date: October 4, 2019

Time: 9 am – 4 pm

Location: City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa

Cost: $110 AAO Member / Student; $160 Non-member (includes lunch & supplies)


Archivists are tasked with protecting and preserving the documents and other materials in their care in perpetuity while making as few changes to them as possible. Yet most of us are not conservators and often wish we had more knowledge and practice in this area. What are the best tools for basic cleaning? How does one make a custom acid-free container? Learn the answers to these questions and more when the AAOEe hosts conservator Kyla Ubbink in a full-day workshop on Archival Preservation.

Mitigating deterioration requires the practice and implementation of climate control, pollutant reduction, appropriate storage techniques, and proper handling and use. Get practical tips on how to detect problems and act to resolve issues that may occur in storage or during collection use.

This workshop will focus on archival materials including documents, manuscripts, maps, works of art on paper, parchment and vellum, photographs, over-sized materials such as maps and posters, and audio-visual materials. Gain practical experience in basic cleaning, removing staples and paper clips, repairing tears and reducing creases through hands-on activities with didactic materials. This will include making your own simple acid-free enclosure.

A modest lunch and snacks will be provided.

Kyla Ubbink's Biography:

Operating a private conservation studio since 2002, Kyla Ubbink began her career through an internship and subsequent contract positions with the Library and Archives Canada’s conservation laboratories between 2000 and 2005. Her private practice, Ubbink Book & Paper Conservation, provides professional conservation, restoration and preservation services to institutions, galleries, antiquities dealers, collectors, researchers and genealogists, including the Canadian War Museum, Canadian Museum of Natural History, Bank of Canada Archives, and the Ontario Office of the Surveyor General. Ms. Ubbink obtained professional accreditation through the Canadian Association for Professional Conservators in 2010, and has been a part-time professor of Cultural Preservation for Algonquin College since 2007. She has several publications in professional periodicals, is a regular presenter at conferences, and provides workshops and lectures for community groups and heritage professionals.

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