ACA@UBC: Registration Open!

The Association of Canadian Archivists Student Chapter at the University of British Columbia (ACA@UBC) is pleased to present its 14th annual Seminar and Symposium, Archives Unbound: Redefining Archival Concepts and Practice. This event will be held virtually on Zoom on Friday, February 10th and Saturday, February 11th, 2023. Visit the ACA@UBC’s conference website at https://acasymposium.arts.ubc.ca/ to read more about the event and speakers – register before December 31 for early-bird pricing! Registration is free for students, but is necessary to receive the links to join. 

This year’s two-day seminar and symposium brings together students, scholars, and practitioners whose work challenges dominant archival paradigms, and who reimagine and redefine archival concepts and practices. In addition to panels on records and archives that fall outside Eurocentric definitions, we will facilitate conversations around digital archives and the ethics of digitization, archiving current events, archival businesses, and archival commitments to Truth and Reconciliation.

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New ACA@UBC Executive Team

New members have joined our executive team since the Fall elections! The ACA@UBC AGM took place on September 28, 2022, with the new executives confirmed on October 5, 2022.

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: Lily Liu

ARMA Representative: Eleanor Graham

AABC Representative: Kira Razzo

LASSA Representative: Grace Park

MAS First Year Representative: Eleanor Graham and Morteza Rezaei

MLIS First Year Representative: Seiji Bessho

Faculty Advisor: Professor Jennifer Douglas

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 executive team: Andria Huculak (LASSA Representative) and Jordan Kerr (Events Coordinator). We are so grateful for all the hard work that you put into this student chapter of the ACA.

Call for Submissions

ACA@UBC: Archives Unbound: Redefining Archival Concepts and Practice
Deadline: November 25, 2022

The student chapter of the Association of Canadian Archivists at the University of British Columbia (ACA@UBC) invites any interested archives or information studies students from all universities around the world to participate in its 14th annual Seminar and Symposium to be held virtually February 10-11, 2023. The theme for this year’s Seminar and Symposium is “Archives Unbound: Redefining Archival Concepts and Practice.” 

Student presentations will take the form of lightning talks, where you will present for approximately 10 minutes and then answer questions. The session will take place on Saturday, February 11 between 9:10 and 10:10 a.m. (PT).

Your work does not have to be a completed project. It could be a class project, an ongoing project, or an idea for a future project. You could also talk about an experience you’ve had as an archives or information studies student.

This is a great opportunity to share your work, discuss with others, and get some presentation experience! We are also offering an honorarium to thank you for your time in preparing and presenting.

If you are interested in participating, please submit your proposal to aca.slais@gmail.com by 11:59pm November 25th, 2022. We will send you an email to let you know whether your application has been selected by January 1st, 2023.

We welcome proposals in all formats, but your submission must include:

  • The title of your presentation and full name(s) of contributor(s)
  • An introduction to your work/idea and your motivation for it
  • A brief explanation of how your proposal is related to the theme of the seminar and symposium
  • The written portion of the proposal must be at least 150 words but no more than 500 words.

AGM & September 2022 Elections

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Hi, everyone! We are entering week four of the Fall semester (Winter 1 in UBC terms) and autumn is finally upon us. Now, it’s time for the ACA@UBC Annual General Meeting! We will be hosting our AGM on Zoom on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. (Pacific Time). This meeting is open to all students in the UBC School of Information. It will also mark the beginning of our September 2022 elections.

ACA@UBC Annual General Meeting & Elections Wednesday September 28, 2022 12:00-1:00 p.m. on Zoom

The meeting will start with the general meeting-specific topics and then we’ll conclude with an abbreviated version of our regular meetings. The general meeting portion will include updates about our recent and upcoming activities, an overview of the benefits of joining the national ACA organization as a student from ACA Membership Committee Chair Kira Baker, and the opening of our elections for open positions. If you’re interested in signing up for an open position, you’re welcome to do that before (or during!) the general meeting. This is the link to sign up for open positions and this is a description of what the roles entail.

To participate in the election, you will need to join the ACA@UBC on AMS Campusbase. You can join either before or after the meeting at the ACA@UBC AMS Club Signup Page. (All “joining” means in this context is that you are considered an official member for AMS stats purposes and you get access to elections.) We’ll leave the elections open for five days following the GM, and you’re welcome to vote whether or not you attend the GM!

We are not posting the Zoom link for this AGM on our public WordPress site but all UBC iSchool students will be able to access it through their emails or through one of the iSchool Discord servers. If you cannot find a link, please feel free to email us at aca.slais@gmail.com. We’re happy to help. Hope to see you there!

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.