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  • 13 Jan 2020 3:54 PM | MacKenzie Gott (Administrator)

    The AAO Awards Committee is pleased to announce that nomination for the 2020 AAO Awards are now open.

    We are accepting nominations for the 5 awards given out annually by the association: the Alexander Fraser Award, the James J. Talman Award, and the AAO Emerging Leaders Award, which are presented to individuals, as well as the Corporate and Institutional Awards which recognize archives, corporations and other organizations which have made significant contributions to the archival community in Ontario.

    The awards will be presented at the AAO Conference being held in Thunder Bay, 13-15 May 2020.

    For more information on the awards criteria and nominations process, please visit https://aao-archivists.ca/page-18198

    Nomination are due by March 13, 2020.


  • 18 Dec 2019 5:53 PM | MacKenzie Gott (Administrator)

    Dear AAO member, 

    In light of the upcoming holidays and 2019 drawing to a close, we would like to offer you and our fellow members our best wishes throughout the season and a prosperous 2020.

    We would also like to inform you that the AAO office will be closed for the holidays from December 24th, 2019 – January 2nd, 2020.

    Until then, have a wonderful holiday season and a happy New Year.

    Yours,

    James Roussain

    President, 2019-2020

    president@aao-archivists.ca

    Archives Association of Ontario (AAO)

  • 18 Dec 2019 5:45 PM | MacKenzie Gott (Administrator)

    Registration rates for the 2020 AAO Conference have now been posted! Join us in Thunder Bay from May 13-15, 2020 for another great annual conference.

    While registration will not be open until closer to the conference, we hope that this advanced notice of the rates will help you as you make your conference plans for next year. In addition to attending the full conference, there are special rates for Early Birds, students, one-day attendance, and more.

    Once registration opens, be sure to register early to take advantage of Early Bird prices.

    See you in Thunder Bay! #aao20conf

  • 12 Dec 2019 10:29 AM | MacKenzie Gott (Administrator)

    The Archives Association of Ontario (AAO) is pleased to announce its Call for Papers for the 2020 Annual Conference to be held 13-15 May in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

     Building Bridges, Connecting Communities

    New partnerships, strategic alliances, and informal connections can play important roles in enabling archivists and their programs to reach new users, increase diversity in collections, build stronger, more inclusive senses of community, and to engage in new methods of outreach. Collaboration also provides the means to mitigate budget limitations and helps to avoid the isolation that can leave programs susceptible to cuts or potential downsizing. There are countless instances of AAO members pursuing new forms of collaboration and innovative partnerships, and we want to hear about them.

    The 2020 Program Committee invites proposals for presentations that will speak to how partnerships have been fostered and the impact of these connections on the archives and their partners, as well as opportunities for future initiatives. Topics could include:

    • Community partnerships to support acquisition, storage, stewardship, preservation, and accessibility of archival material

    • New, inclusive methods of collecting or preserving memory

    • Collaborative approaches to resource description and discoverability

    • New engagement strategies with donor communities

    • User-focused digitization projects

    • Engagement with partners outside of the archival profession

    • The consolidation of archives, special collections, and records management programs as a means of promoting or highlighting services

    Submissions of proposals for entire sessions or individual papers are invited.

    Sessions may take the form of:

    • Traditional session (two or three presentations of approximately 20 minutes per speaker with questions to follow as time allows)

    • Discussion panel (brief presentations of approximately 10 to 15 minutes per speaker with discussion to follow)

    • Roundtables or debates (presentations of 5 to 7 minutes with open discussion between speakers)

    Proposals for a session or an individual paper should include an abstract of up to 250 words and a biographical note of no more than 100 words for each speaker.

    Proposals should be sent to the AAO Office at aao@aao-archivists.ca

    Individual papers should use the subject line format: AAO 2020 Conference Proposal_[last name, first name]

    Proposals for a session should select a “point person” and use the subject line format: AAO 2019 Conference Proposal_PANEL-[title]-[last name, first name]

    The deadline to submit proposals is Sunday, 26 January 2020.

    Depending on student interest, the 2020 Annual Conference will include a session devoted to student papers and possibly a poster session. A separate call for student submissions will be issued early 2020.

    On behalf of the 2020 Program Committee.

  • 03 Dec 2019 10:31 AM | MacKenzie Gott (Administrator)

    Consider giving back to the archival community today!

    Giving Tuesday is a global movement recognizing giving and volunteering. This year, consider directing your charitable dollars to the Archives Association of Ontario. 

    By donating to the AAO, you will help develop and sustain our programs and services. Your donation will assist the AAO in offering cost-efficient workshops and events for archivists and professionals in related fields as well as conference and educational bursary support for students and new or underemployed professionals. Donations also help to offset our reliance on grant funding. Our services, including our Archives Advisor and Archeion, Ontario’s Archival Information Network, are widely relied on by the community to improve the accessibility and preservation of Ontario’s irreplaceable documentary heritage.

    You can donate directly on the AAO website. You will receive a tax receipt for your contribution. Donors who contribute $200 or more will receive a complimentary copy of the AAO’s organizational history, In Pursuit of the Archival Endeavour: The Story of the Archives Association of Ontario.

    We truly appreciate your support.

    James Roussain

    President, 2018-2019

  • 25 Nov 2019 12:46 PM | Grant Hurley (Administrator)

    Hello AAO friends,

    Now that our thoughts are turning to the joys of the season like waiting at the garage to get your tires changed, or trying to find where you put your hat and scarf last Spring, I suggest you also think about submitting to your professional association's long-running publication, Off the Record.

    Off the Record has had another banner year thanks to its fantastic contributors. Let's get the next decade (!) off to a good start. Please send me your news, updates, and articles on your professional endeavours and experiences. 

    Since I'd prefer you to take leave from the trials of your work life during the holidays, please take until January 6th to send in your submission.

    Please visit https://aao-archivists.ca/Submissions for submission details. And feel free to reach me at otr@aao-archivists.ca with any questions!

    All the best,

    Grant
    OTR Editor

  • 23 Oct 2019 2:34 PM | Grant Hurley (Administrator)

    Hello AAO,

    The newest issue of Off the Record is now available for your reading pleasure! Nothing will pair better with the fresh air of this Autumnal day than a new issue of Off the Record.

    This issue features excellent contributions from Iona McCraith on emergency planning and response, Lisa Snider on bulk uploads to Archeion, and Jenna Lemay and Krista McCracken on an important new digitization initiative at the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre. Plus an interview spotlight feature with Rachel Beattie and news and announcements you can use! 

    The still-crisp Fall 2018 issue is now available to everyone.

    Happy reading!

    Grant
    OTR Editor


  • 03 Sep 2019 2:37 PM | MacKenzie Gott (Administrator)

    The Archives Association of Ontario invites you to save the date for the 2020 AAO Conference, taking place from May 13-15, 2020 in beautiful Thunder Bay, ON!

    Theme and details to come! Stay tuned for more!


  • 30 Aug 2019 10:17 AM | MacKenzie Gott (Administrator)

    On behalf of the MAIG Executive, I am pleased to present the latest issue of the Municipal Archive Interest Group’s yearly publication, the MAIGazine. This issue highlights several creative educational and outreach initiatives undertaken by various archives throughout the Province. Thank you to all the MAIG Members who contributed to the 2019 Issue!

    For more information about MAIG, to view previous issues of the MAIGazine or to stay connected, please visit our page on the AAO website: http://aao-archivists.ca/maig.

    Thanks and take care,

    Gillian

    Gillian Shaw, M.I.

    Archival Records Analyst

    gillian.shaw@vaughan.ca


  • 01 Aug 2019 9:05 AM | MacKenzie Gott (Administrator)

    It’s that time of year again! The Municipal Archives Interest Group (MAIG) is looking for submissions to include in our 2019 edition of the MAIGazine. This year we are seeking articles relating to risk-taking and innovation in archives. Have you developed a new innovative program at your institution? Are you utilizing public resources such as social media or online exhibits, in a creative or inspiring way? Have you ever taken risks or addressed a controversial topic when developing an exhibit? Please share your stories with us!

    If you are interested in submitting an article, please send your submissions to Megan Lockhart (mlockhart@oxfordcounty.ca) by August 16th.

    For information about MAIG, the MAIGazine or to view past issues, visit our webpage at http://aao-archivists.ca/maig​. Feel free to contact our executive with any questions.

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