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Conference 2015

The 2015 AAO Conference was held at the Fanshawe College in London, Ontario from May 27 to 29. It was hosted by members of the AAO's SWOC Chapter.

The conference theme was Do you have it RIGHT? : Archives, archivists, and how they exercise their rights, regulations and practices.

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  • 03 Jul 2015 11:15 AM | Danielle Robichaud

    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts about the 2015 AAO Conference!

    The results are available for viewing here.

  • 21 Jun 2015 4:02 PM | Danielle Robichaud

    Conference Papers

     Session  Presenter(s)
     Access at the helm: Sailing the choppy waters between rights and responsibilities Dr. Guy Berthiaume
    Judge not, lest ye be judged, or the perils of being a Virgo in a disorderly word Laura Millar
    "But what if someday, someone wants it?": A Discussion of Appraisal at the Archives of Ontario Nana Robinette and 
    Rachel Barton  
    Copyright and Community Archives Digitization Projects Megan Pugh and
    Sarah Ferencz
    The Expo 67 fonds: Questioning the Priorities of the Archives (slides) / (speaking notes) Joel Sherlock
    Getting it right: Library and Archives Canada's Web Harvesting program in an archival context Emily Monks-Leeson and Patricia Klambauer 
    Getting it right in the cloud
    Mary Kosta
    "How would I feel?": Personal privacy and intellectual rights in the Nouwen Archives’ photograph series (paper) / (slides)
    Danielle Robichaud
    Learning Through Doing! Block Review at LAC - Its Successes and Failures
    Paulette Dozois 
    Life is a highway: The road to a collaborative acquisition strategy Matt  Szybalski 
    Life is a highway Sean Smith
    Projecting the Right Image: The Portrayal of Archivists in Film Amanda Oliver and Anne Daniel 
    Recordkeeping and the Law: Issues from Scotland
    Janel Cheng and Karolina Zuchniak
    Respect des fonds and original order vs data sets and other electronic records in the archives of the near future; Some Considerations on Archival Analog Principles as Applied in a Digital Universe Daniel German
    The rights of practicum students
    Kristin Blakely and  
    Mary Kosta
    Surrogacy as Democracy: Anecdotes of Access and Affront
    Allana Mayer 
    What we do and what everyone else does in North America – Local Archival Government Repositories  Survey 2014 Results Dave Evans
    Whose rights?: privacy issues in archival selection and access Sara Janes

    Conference Posters

  • 05 Jun 2015 6:59 PM | Danielle Robichaud

    The 2015 Local Arrangements Committee would like to thank you all for making this year's AAO annual conference in London a success. We ask that you take 5 minutes to complete a short satisfaction survey

    The deadline for completion is June 19, 2015. 

    Thank you,

    Gina Coady, and the rest of the members of the 2015 Local Arrangements Committee.

  • 12 May 2015 1:10 PM | Danielle Robichaud

    The AAO's Shirley Spragge Fund Review Committee is pleased to announce that Claire Sutton has been selected as the first recipient of the newly launched annual Shirley Spragge Bursary for attendance to the AAO conference. 

    Claire is an emerging archives professional currently completing the Archives and Records Management Certificate program at Algonquin College in Ottawa. She is also a volunteer archivist at the Canadian Museum of Nature.

    Please join the Committee and the AAO Board in congratulating Claire and welcoming her to the 2015 AAO Conference!

  • 20 Apr 2015 11:20 AM | Danielle Robichaud
    The application deadline for the 2015 Shirley Spragge Bursary has been extended to Wednesday, April 22nd before midnight.

    The Shirley Spragge Fund Review Committee warmly invites all eligible candidates to apply online
  • 16 Apr 2015 8:02 AM | Danielle Robichaud

    The AAO Needs Your SUPPORT…Donate items to this year’s Silent Auction! 

    The AAO 2015 Conference will be hosted by SWOC in London, Ontario. 

    We are looking for members to donate items such as (but not limited to): 

    • Artwork
    • Archival supplies
    • Baked goods
    • Books (related to the profession)
    • Hand crafted pieces (i.e. jewelry, knitted wares)
    • Pottery
    • Gift Baskets (i.e. chocolate, wine, beer) 
    Funds raised from this auction will go to the AAO Shirley Spragge Education Fund, to encourage the continuing education of archivists in Ontario. Your donations are greatly appreciated. A donation to the silent auction would not only support this fund, but would honour the memory of a respected colleague. All items donated will receive a tax receipt. 

    If you have interested in donating to this year’s silent auction, please email 


    About Shirley Spragge

    Shirley Spragge was an enthusiastic, dedicated archivist, well known in the archival community in Ontario and across the county. While she was most closely associated with Queen's University, she was involved in many other endeavours, including archival associations, historical groups, church archives, and university faculty work. In 1995, Shirley died from complications associated with lupus. 

  • 23 Mar 2015 11:01 AM | Danielle Robichaud

    Registration for the AAO's 2015 Conference at Fanshawe College in London is now open! Please join us as we explore the theme:

    Do you have it RIGHT? : Archives, archivists, and how they exercise their rights, regulations and practices

    Early-bird pricing will be in effect until Friday, April 17th so make sure to take advantage of this year’s excellent rates ($300 - Full Conference for AAO members).

    In 2015 there are a few changes to the format:

    • The luncheon on Thursday May 28 will include the AAO's Annual General Meeting to allow more to be involved and informed.
    • Awards will be presented at the Awards Luncheon on Friday, May 29. 
    • This year the Banquet will be held at the heritage site Fanshawe Pioneer Village in the Barn on Thursday May 28th. The cost is $65 (same as last year). Come join us for this unique experience in a more casual setting!  More details to follow of this event.

    All conference details, including accommodation, are available on the
    Conference 2015 webpage .

    Hope to see you there!

  • 23 Mar 2015 11:00 AM | Danielle Robichaud

    Workshop 1: Tools for Electronic Records 

    9:00 am to 12:00 pm OR 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

    This workshop will run in the morning AND afternoon. Please read carefully and choose one time slot ONLY when registering. 

    Continuing from the foundations of Introduction to Electronic Records, this hands-on workshop will assess and examine some of the tools (software and hardware) used in preparing, acquiring, processing and preserving electronic records. Learning outcomes include:

    • examine the needs and abilities of their respective institutions to select certain preservation strategies

    • identify how specific software can be used in their work with electronic records

    • discuss the benefits and challenges of both open-source and proprietary solutions

    • understand how to test and implement software for use in the archives

    • practice working with commonly used electronic records acquisition and preservation tools

    The workshop will be instructed by archivist Jeremy Heil.

    *Please bring a laptop along for workshop exercises.

    Workshop 2: More than Documents—Getting it Right

    9:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Learn how to organize a disparate collection, especially if the items are constructed of assorted materials with different care and storage requirements. This hands-on workshop will guide participants on how to determine the best way to care for non-archival materials. Topics covered include:

    • Determine best storage materials

    • Identify appropriate care and handling

    • Learn how to use museum cataloguing tools

    The workshop will be instructed by archivist Mary Gladwin. *Registration is limited to 15 participants.

    Workshop 3: Wikipedia for Archivists 

    1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

    This workshop will introduce archivists to the principles and practicalities of editing Wikipedia and adding links to online archival resources to the site. It covers both theoretical and practical elements and will equip attendees with the confidence to make the most of Wikipedia as a tool for sharing archival materials. Topics covered include, but are not limited to:

    • Learning how to create a Wikipedia account

    • Basics of editing Wikipedia articles

    • Creating links in Wikipedia

    • Wikipedia and Archives

    The workshop will be instructed by archivists Danielle Robichaud and Amanda Hill.

    *Please bring a laptop along for workshop exercises.

    Workshop Registration

    Please email with any questions. 

  • 21 Mar 2015 12:29 PM | AAO (Administrator)

    Accommodations for 2015 AAO Conference attendees are available on-site at Fanshawe College and are available from May 26 – 29, 2015.

    Room Details

    Standard guest suites feature two (double occupancy) or four (quad occupancy) separately locked bedrooms, each with its own double bed and:
    • High-speed internet access (Ethernet cord not provided)
    • Two private bathrooms
    • Bathroom amenities and plush towels
    • Air Conditioning and Individual climate control
    • Cable Television
    • Living room area with a couch, chair and TV.
    • Kitchenette with a refrigerator, microwave, sink and cupboard space (dishes and cutlery not included).
    • Dining area with a table and four chairs

    Other features include:
    • Staffed 24 hours
    • Laundry facilities available on-site
    • Lounge on each floor
    • Housekeeping services twice a week
    • Parking lots are well-lit and equipped with security cameras and emergency phones
    • Complimentary parking
    • Complimentary deluxe continental breakfast!


    $70.80+hst /2 bedroom suite
    $132.74+hst /4 bedroom suite

    Note: To split cost of 2 bedroom suite attendee must find a roommate for other bedroom and include information when making a booking.


    Book by April 26, 2015 and mention you are with the Archives Association of Ontario to receive your special rate.

    Online: (Promo Code: AAO)
    By phone: 519-452-4440 ext. 2111 
    By email:

  • 27 Feb 2015 9:43 AM | Danielle Robichaud

    If you plan to attend the 2015 Annual Conference of the Archives Association of Ontario this May in London, Ontario, why not take on a more participatory role, and volunteer to serve as a session moderator for the conference?


    Moderators introduce the presenters, keeping them to the necessary time-limit, and manage the question period (of course if the audience is shy, they might have to lead off the questions themselves). They  also have to make any necessary announcements – it is not mandatory that the presentations are read prior to the conference (although that is certainly something they can do if they wish). Generally, pre-conference moderators contact the presenters to gather whatever bio info is necessary to introduce them, and also try to get them to submit a copy of their paper prior to the conference so that if something comes up (they lose their presentation copy etc), we can provide a copy to them.


    If you think that this is something you would be interested in doing, send your name, contact info, and a brief bio, to Daniel German, AAO 2015 Programme Chair.

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