New ACA@UBC Executive Team

The ACA@UBC has elected a new Executive Team for the 2022-23 academic year! Students at the UBC School of Information elected the following Executive Team at our Annual General Meeting on April 5, 2022. Changeover of roles occurred in May 2022 after our annual Seminar and Symposium.

Co-coordinators: Cameron Welsh and Emma Moros

Secretary: Elizabeth Robertson

Treasurer: Shelley Jennings

Events Coordinator: Tiana Kirstein

Communications: Kailey Fukushima

Graphics Designer: Linnet Chappelka

Webmaster: Kailey Fukushima

ARMA Representative: Cameron Welsh

AABC Representative: Kira Razzo

LASSA Representative: Andria Huculak

Faculty Advisor: Professor Luciana Duranti

More details about our current Executive Team, including executives’ pronouns and short biographies, are available on our Executive webpage.

Many thanks to the outgoing members of our 2021-22 Executive Team: Kisun Kim (coordinator), Mya Ballin (treasurer), Jessica Dobson (secretary), Peyton Moriarty (first-year MAS representative), and Felicity Collins (previous co-coordinator). We are so grateful for all the hard work that you put into this student chapter of the ACA. Positions for First-Year MLIS and MAS Representatives are unfilled for the summer term.

ACA@UBC 2022 is Almost Here!

The ACA@UBC 13th Annual Seminar and Symposium is less than a week away. We are all looking forward to this exciting two-day event. Next Thursday and Friday, April 28 and 29, join us for a series of engaging presentations and interactive panel discussions around the theme, “Transforming Archival Education.” All events will take place virtually on Zoom from 9:00-4:50 on April 28, and from 9:00-3:30 on April 29 (Pacific Time). Please be sure to register for one or both days via our showpass link: https://www.showpass.com/aca-ubc-2022/. Registration is free for students, and Zoom links will be sent automatically to all registrants.

Details about the 2022 Seminar and Symposium are compiled on our UBC-affiliated conference website: https://acasymposium.arts.ubc.ca/. At this address, you’ll find information such as finalized schedules, panel descriptions, presentation titles and abstracts, accessibility details, and speaker biographies. Special thanks goes out to Emma Moros for their hard work on our 2022 ACA@UBC Seminar and Symposium Program.

We are grateful to the incredible archivists, students, and archival scholars who have generously contributed their time and labour to this event. We extend our thanks, also, to our always supportive faculty advisor, Luciana Duranti, and to our conference sponsors.

We hope to see you all next week! Please feel free to contact us at aca.slais@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns. If you’re following along on Twitter, be sure to use the hashtag #ACAUBC2022 during the event.

ACA@UBC: Registration Open!

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Registration is now open for ACA@UBC’s 13th Annual Seminar and Symposium! We are hosting this year’s events virtually on Zoom on April 28th and 29th, 2022.

The seminar will take place on Thursday, April 28th, 2022. It will consist of interactive panels on the following topics:

  • Researching and working in Archives: Communicating with non-archivists
  • Decolonization of archival practices and education
  • Preparing for emotional archives
  • Un-learning archival pedagogy

The symposium will take place on Friday, April 29th, 2022. It will feature formal presentations on the following themes:

  • Student perspectives on archival education
  • Teaching non-Western archives
  • Teaching tech in archives
  • Teaching community and personal archives

(Additional details and program coming soon.)

Please register here: www.showpass.com/aca-ubc-2022/. There are options to register for the seminar, the symposium, or both. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at aca.slais@gmail.com.

We hope to see you there!

Artefactual Virtual Tour

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Join us for a virtual tour of Artefactual, the lead developer of Archivematica and AtoM. Kelly Stewart, the chief Archivist of Artefactual, will give us the tour of Artefactual and answer some questions from us. The tour will take place on Tuesday, March 29th @ Noon (PST).

Register here: https://forms.gle/fHersB2tR3RSBcFm8.  An email will be sent to those who sign up the day before the event (i.e. Monday) with the Zoom meeting link, which will also serve as a reminder.

Joint ACA@UBC and SLA@UBC Event

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Join us for an exciting virtual event this Friday, March 18th, at 1:00 p.m. (PST). The University of British Columbia’s student chapters of the Association of Canadian Archivists and the Special Libraries Association are co-hosting a video chat on records and information management with Erin Schneider of Environment Canada.

Please register for the event using the following Google form: https://forms.gle/TucRbqkp9b3zK2AG8. The form includes details about Zoom access as well as a text box for your questions.

We hope to see you there!

Call for Submissions

ACA@UBC: Transforming Archival Education
Deadline: February 28, 2022

The student chapter of the Association of Canadian Archivists at the University of British Columbia (ACA@UBC) invites archives or information studies students from all universities around the world to participate in its 13th annual seminar and symposium, to be held virtually April 28-29, 2022. The theme for this year’s seminar and symposium is “Transforming Archival Education.”

Student presentations will take the form of lighting talks, where you will present for approximately 10 minutes, followed by a brief Q&A session.

This is a great opportunity to share your work, discuss with others, and get some presentation experience! Your work does not have to be a completed project. It could be a class project, an ongoing project, or ideas for your future projects. You could also choose to share your experience as an archives or information studies student.

If you are interested in participating, please submit your proposal to aca.slais@gmail.com by February 28, 2022.

We welcome proposals in all formats, but they should include:

  • Title of your presentation and full name(s) of contributor(s)
  • An introduction to your work/idea and your motivation for it.

ACA@UBC 2022: Transforming Archival Education

Save the date: the 13th annual ACA@UBC symposium will take place virtually April 28-29, 2022. The theme for the conference is “Transforming Archival Education.”

How does someone learn to be a good archivist, and what does being a “good archivist” mean? Terry Cook (2000) advocates bridging the perceived divide between theory and practice by challenging “the imperative of absolutes” in archival education, while Bergis Jules (2016) calls on archivists to center people over professional “neutrality” in order to combat the harms of a historical record “filled with silences, absences, and distortions, mostly affecting the legacies of the less privileged.” Anne Gilliland et al. (2008) suggest that integrating Indigenous knowledge and practices into archival pedagogy is necessary to prevent archival education from potentially acting as a neocolonial force. Given these assessments of archival education and the profession, we ask, can archival education support the transformation of the archival profession and break down barriers to justice? How can it do so?

In the 13th annual ACA@UBC Seminar and Symposium, we will push the boundaries of our understanding of archival education through redefining archives, dismantling academic gatekeeping, and challenging Euro-centric models of archival education and practice. During two days of virtual participatory discussions and panels with leaders in rethinking pedagogy, attendees will challenge and broaden their understanding of who archival education can serve and how.

We will update the post as we confirm our speakers. Registration will open in March 2022.

Join us for our 2021 Virtual Discussion Panel Series!

Panel 1: Responding to Climate Change | March 26th, 10am PST

In our first panel, we’ll be focusing on responding to climate change as archivists, records managers, and memory workers. We’ve invited professionals from various backgrounds who have experience tackling environmental and sustainability issues to engage in discussion and attempt to answer questions posed by students at UBC’s School of Information. Consideration will be given to how concerns such as physical impacts of climate change, ecological footprints, public awareness of the ongoing dilemma, and documentation/preservation of this crisis could inform archival practice going forward. 

Panelists: Eira Tansey, Hilda Teresa Ayala González, Rebecca Sinclair, Bruce Muir, and Lois Evans

Register for Panel 1 here!

Panel 2: Documenting Injustice as it Unfolds | April 30th, 10am PST

In our second panel, we’ll be focusing on documenting injustice as it unfolds from the perspective of archivists, records managers, and memory workers. We’ve invited professionals from various backgrounds who have experience documenting and preserving evidence of state-sanctioned violence, human rights violations, and social movements to engage in discussion and attempt to answer questions posed by students at UBC’s School of Information. Consideration will be given to how the collection, preservation, and access of records related to injustice in its many forms impact such concerns as privacy, accountability, and trauma, as well as how an ethics of care may shape the future of a more informed and involved profession.

Panelists: Gabriel Daniel Solis, Verne Harris, and Yvonne Ng

Register for Panel 2 here!

Panel 3: Allyship in the Archives | May 28th, 10am PST

In our third panel, we’ll be focusing on practicing allyship in the archives as archivists, records managers, and memory workers. We’ve invited professionals who have experience working as allies in support of communities that have been historically marginalized, misrepresented, maligned, and omitted from the historical record to engage in discussion and attempt to answer questions posed by students at UBC’s School of Information. Consideration will be given to how we can best incorporate practices such as harm reduction, social justice promotion, and community support, representation, and amplification to take concrete steps toward positive change while avoiding pitfalls like guilt and false empathy.

Panelists: Tonia Sutherland, Erica Hernandez-Read, Zakiya Collier, and Gracen Brilmyer.

Register for Panel 3 here!


The ACA@UBC would like to thank the Association of Canadian Archivists for their support of this panel series.

ACA@UBC Meeting Minutes 2019-2020

For those who are interested, the following links connect to the minutes of the corresponding UBC ACA Student Chapter meetings. Some of the files are in PDF format and others are in Word format. Annual reports are also included where available.

March 28, 2019

September 5, 2019

September 19, 2019

October 3, 2019

October 17, 2019

October 31, 2019

November 14, 2019

November 28, 2019

January 7, 2020

January 14, 2020

January 21, 2020

January 28, 2020

February 4, 2020

February 11, 2020

AGM 2020

ACA@UBC 2020: From Accountability to Memory

Save the date: the 12th annual ACA@UBC symposium will take place February 13-14 2020. The theme for the conference is “From Accountability to Memory: The Duty to Document, the Right to Destroy, the Need to Preserve.” Register on the website here.

ISO 15489 defines appraisal as “the process of evaluating business activities to determine which records need to be created and captured and how long the records need to be kept.” The openness of this definition has allowed the evolution of archival and records management practices to adapt to the current political and social climate. Currently, governments are issuing legislation that imposes upon public officers the duty to document all of their activities and decisions. In this context, records and archives managers have become an essential part of the documentation of internal procedures, including appraisal decisions, destruction, and preservation, at all levels. Likewise, individuals are gaining power over the existence of records about them and by them by exercising the right to destroy under the right to be forgotten, while people claim the need to preserve their memory as well as to choose the place of preservation. The personal and legal liability of records and archives professionals have become deep-seated concerns in recent years.

The 12th annual ACA@UBC Seminar and Symposium will explore the role of appraisal in society today, as well as our professional roles in relation to it.

Taking place on February 13th 2020, the seminar will consist of four interactive discussion sessions led by the symposium speakers as well as additional panelists. You do not have to prepare a presentation for the seminar.

Taking place on February 14th 2020, the symposium will be opened by the Director of the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, Dr. Luanne Freund, and a delegate of the  University of British Columbia, and will feature the following speakers:

Confirmed speakers:

  • Jason Baron (Legal Practitioner and Co-Chair of the Information Governance Initiative, United States of America)
  • Gabriele Bezzi ((Polo Archivistico Regionale dell’Emilia-Romagna, Italy)
  • Adrian Cunningham (Former Director of the Digital Archives Program, Queensland State Archives, Australia)
  • Darrell Evans (Canadian Institute for Privacy Studies)
  • Susan Laidlaw (Executive Director, Government Records Service at BC Ministry of Citizens’ Services, Canada)
  • Matteo Manfredi (Professor of Archives and Records Management, Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar, Ecuador)
  • Andrea Riley (Supervisor of Operations Research and Support, Office of the Chief Records Officer, NARA)
  • Andrew Ross (Manager of Government Records, Archives Branch, Library and Archives Canada)
  • Dieter Schlenker (Director of Historical Archives of the European Union)

Registration is now OPEN. Visit the symposium website here.