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The AAO’s PDC Presents our Pre-Conference Workshop: Welcoming Interns, Students & Volunteers in the Archives: Cultivating Mutual Success

  • 10 May 2023
  • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Zoom - details to come
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  • For all levels of membership except student
  • free entry for 6 Shirley Spragge Bursary recipients

As archives are welcoming people back into their spaces after COVID-19 closures, many of us are hosting new interns, students, and volunteers. These placements provide students and emerging professionals with valuable experience, knowledge, skills, and mentorship. They can also help under-resourced archives move forward with projects and bring new perspectives to their work. If planned and executed thoughtfully, these opportunities can be mutually beneficial for both the archives and those sharing their knowledge and labor. In this workshop, participants will: 

  1. Learn about different programs, models, and supports for hosting students, interns, and volunteers
  2. Explore best practices to ensure that placements are mutually successful 
  3. Discuss some of the ethical issues with these modes of labor; and
  4. Have the opportunity to share and learn from one another's experiences

When: May 10, 2023, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM, EST Click here for a time zone converter. 

Where: Virtual (Zoom link will be sent upon registration)

Cost: $80(AAO members); $50(AAO student members); $120(non-members)

Additional Requirements: None. 

About the [instructor/moderator]: Karen Suurtamm (she/her)

Karen is the University Archivist and Head of Special Collections at Trent University and has 15 years’ experience as an archivist and archival educator. Prior to her current position, Karen was an Assistant Professor (Teaching Stream) at the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, where she taught courses in archives and records management. She has also worked as an archivist at the University of Toronto, Victoria University, and York University. Karen is passionate about creating active, engaged archival spaces that support a wide range of researchers, staff, and students.

Format: Lecture; Q&A; Discussion

Recording: This workshop will NOT be recorded.

Registration: A minimum of 5 participants and a maximum of 45 participants may register for this event. Institutional members can register three participants at the members rate. If you require additional time to prepare payment, please contact to set up an invoice.

Please be advised that this event is governed by the AAO’s Code of Conduct and is subject to the AAO’s Cancellation Policy. Questions about the workshop can be directed to the PDC co-chairs at

705-1 Eglinton Ave. East

Toronto ON

M4P 3A1

(647) 343-3334

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