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Student Resources

AAO Student Membership Benefits

The AAO provides a strong connection to working professionals in the community and opportunities to help supplement your formal education. Membership gives you access to:

AAO Events

You get discounted prices to educational workshops and the annual conference. Great opportunities to enhance your archival knowledge, including workshops geared towards students.

Chapter Affiliation

Complimentary membership affiliation with one of the regional Chapters. Regional Chapters provide an opportunity to network with archivists in your area and optional membership in AAO Special Interest Groups.

Off the Record

Membership includes a complimentary subscription to Off the Record, the newsletter of the AAO featuring technical and professional advice, special features on archives around Ontario, and information on educational and employment opportunities. Student work is regularly featured, including an ongoing practicum profile series that advertises your skills to the AAO community! Contact the editor if you are interested in submitting a piece! 

Discounts at Industry Suppliers

AAO members receive special rates at Carr McLean. 

Shirley Spragge Bursary

This bursary is awarded annually to a deserving student or recent graduate enrolled in an archival program and includes free registration and up to $650 towards attending the AAO annual conference


The rate for student membership is $30. Students that become AAO members while attending a recognized post-secondary program are eligible for extended student membership for two years following graduation.

Student and New Professional Members are individuals pursuing studies at a recognized educational institution, including but not limited to part-time and full-time students, who are interested in pursuing a career in archival work for the duration of their studies and new professionals who have graduated within the past three years.

Ways to Get Involved

1. Join as an AAO Student Member and get in touch with your local chapter.

2. Connect with the AAO on InstagramFacebook, X (formerly Twitter), and LinkedIn.

3. Join in the conversation on the AAO listserv.

4. Volunteer for a committee.


The following resources were curated to help students and new professionals become more familiar with various aspects of archival work. The resources are primarily introductory, guidelines, or reference tools.

Want to learn more?

The AAO website has detailed lists of Professional Resources (including lists of where to access professional development and employment listings), Indigenous Resources, Truth and Reconciliation, Anti-Racism Educational Resources, and more in the Online ResourcesTo learn about upcoming digital workshops, courses, and tools, check out the Digital Resource Hub.

Archeion is Ontario’s Archival Information Network where institutional members of the AAO can contribute archival descriptions, authority records, and institutional profiles to the shared database. About Archeion offers more information to familiarize yourself with Archeion, the contact information for the Archeion Coordinator, and training resources for using Archeion. 

Thank you to the various AAO members who submitted resources for this list.

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