Archival Conversations - Anti-Racist Description

  • 14 Apr 2021
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • An email with instructions to join the online platform will be sent closer to the workshop date.
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The AAO’s Professional Development Committee presents

Archival Conversations

These virtual sessions are spaces for AAO members (and anyone interested in joining the conversations) to discuss and share knowledge in an informal, participant-driven environment. Each meeting will centre around a selected topic (please see below).

Date: 2nd Wednesday of the month, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Cost: $0 (AAO members*); $0 (AAO student members); $20 (non-members)

*Institutional members can register at the member’s rate and are limited to the number of archivists corresponding to their institutional membership category.

About the moderator:

Nicole Marcogliese concurrently completed a Masters of Information concentrating in archives and records management and a Masters of Museum Studies at the University of Toronto in 2015. She interned at the Royal Ontario Museum Libraries & Archives and volunteered at numerous organizations in Toronto including the Ontario Science Centre, St. James Cathedral Archives and at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Kingston. Nicole previously worked in various records management roles in the private sector and served as the Corporate Archives Assistant at the City of Burlington. Nicole joined the University of Waterloo in 2017 and is now an Archivist in Special Collections & Archives. In this role, Nicole arranges and describes new collections and revises legacy finding aids. 



Registration opens

Solo archivists and small staff archives 

12 August 2020

4 August 2020

Migrating Legacy Finding Aids

14 October 2020

1 September 2020

 Accessibility for Ontarians Disability Act 

 9 December 2020

1 November 2020

Managing Digital Donations

10 February 2021

4 January 2021

Anti-Racist Description

14 April 2021

1 March 2021

Recommended Reading

Archives for Black Lives in Philadelphia’s Anti-Racist Description Working Group. (2019, October). Anti-Racist Description Resources. Retrieved from:

Michelle Caswell’s Archives, Records, and Memory Class. (2016 Fall). Identifying and Dismantling White Supremacy in Archives (poster). Retrieved from:

Nelson, M. (2020, March 18). Archiving Hate: Racist Materials in Archives. Retrieved from:

Recollection Wisconsin. (2020, December 4). The Toolkit: Content Statements. Retrieved from:

Sutherland, T., & Purcell, A. (2021). A Weapon and a Tool: Decolonizing Description and Embracing Redescription as Liberatory Archival Praxis. The International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion, 5(1), 60–78.

University of Waterloo Special Collections & archives. (2020). Language in archival description changes

Format: Informal, participant driven conversations

Recording: These sessions will not be recorded.

Registration: Number of participants: 3 minimum/45 maximum

Cancellation Policy can be found here.

If you have any questions, please contact

The AAO’s Code of Conduct applies to these conversations.

The Archives Association of Ontario (AAO) is led by a committed community of volunteers from across the province. 

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