• 27 Oct 2017 5:03 AM | AMA Administrator (Administrator)

    On November 8th, the future of the University of Manitoba Joint Archival Studies and History Program will be determined. This is occurring with no opportunity for response to the proposal to be discussed on the 8th from current archival students or graduates of the program, and none from the wider archival community that benefits from the program and its well-educated graduates. There is a lot at stake. We require your immediate attention and support. Please take a minute to read our call to action.

  • 17 May 2016 9:53 PM | AMA Administrator (Administrator)

    We've noticed a large number of spam comments on blog entries on the AMA website. Commenting has temporarily been disabled while members of the Technology Working Group delete the spam comments and try to find a better spam filtering solution. Apologies for the inconvenience.

  • 25 Sep 2015 2:12 PM | AMA Administrator (Administrator)
    The Archives Association of Ontario (AAO) and the Association of Manitoba Archives (AMA) are pleased to announce a joint conference to be held 11-13 May 2016 in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The AAO conference held in Thunder Bay in 2011 was the biggest ever gathering of archivists in Thunder Bay’s history. Archivists from Manitoba helped establish that record. The partnering of the two associations will make the 2016 super-conference even more successful.

    The Call for Papers for the joint 2016 AAO/AMA Conference has been extended to October 30th.

    Archives Confidential: Breaking Down the Barriers

    The Conference Program Committee invites proposals pertaining to all areas of archival theory and practice that address issues seen as taboo within our community. Examples of these issues may include topics that are often overlooked, are not addressed in an inclusive manner or that create discomfort or discord in the relationships between practitioners, record creators, donors, users of archives, and the general public. Topics include, but are not limited to:
    • Truth and Reconciliation.
    • Professional failures and how we learn from them.
    • How do we care for and represent records of trauma?
    • What are we not effectively addressing as a profession?
    • Representation of people/groups in archives and archival exhibits.
    • How do we build or repair relationships with groups in the communities that we serve and foster trust in our institutions?
    • What happens when we morally disagree with the appraisal and description of material held within our collections?
    • How do we effectively acknowledge language, social custom, race, or gender barriers within both our collections and professional community?

    Submissions of proposals for entire sessions or for individual papers are invited. The proposals should be sent with a brief abstract of 250 words and a bio to the AAO Office at aao@aao-archivists.ca.

    The deadline to submit proposals is October 30, 2015.

    We are happy to announce that the 2016 AAO/AMA Joint Conference will include a Student Papers and Posters session. A call for submissions will be issued later this year.

    Posted on behalf of the AAO/AMA 2016 Conference Program Committee.

  • 09 Sep 2015 9:18 AM | AMA Administrator (Administrator)

    Many of you will have heard by now that the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Archives was flooded during the weekend of August 22nd. The archives are stored on the second floor of the RWB's building on Edmonton Street. The storage room was flooded when a toilet tank on the third floor exploded shortly after the building was closed for the weekend on Saturday. Water poured out and caused extensive damage to a large portion of the second floor as well as the parkade .

    As soon as the disaster was discovered, the insurance company dispatched Winnipeg Furniture Services (WFS). Decisions were made quickly to have the records transported to WFS's facility for drying. What could not fit immediately into the drying room was frozen until they could be dried.  Archives staff had the opportunity to tour WFS's facility and see firsthand how their drying process works. We were pleasantly surprised to see that the records came out of drying quite well.

    The majority of damaged records were housed in acid free file folders and Hollinger cases. Garry Brenner of WFS was impressed by how well our records came out of the drying process and he credited the excellent storage containers for that. Our photograph and slide collections were housed in PrintFile Print Preservers inside of acid free file folders and Hollinger cases. These also fared well through the flood.

    Sometimes we find basic preservation work on our collections tedious and the supplies expensive. But an incident like this certainly shows that refoldering and reboxing are important. We were also grateful for having diligently removed all metal fasteners, so none of our documents got stained by rust.

    WFS will be bringing in a paper conservator to help guide the work moving forward. We still have a lot of work ahead of us, but thankfully the records have been saved. We would like to thank everyone who offered their assistance to help through this calamity. Please be assured that the records are in good hands and every effort will be made to restore them.

    Carole Boily

    RWB Archivist

    4 September 2015

  • 16 Jul 2015 8:59 PM | Jordan Bass (Administrator)

    Library and Archives Canada-Bibliothèque et Archives Canada has announced new funding for Canadian archives. The Documentary Heritage Communities Program (DHCP) provides financial assistance to heritage institutions, organizations, and communities that meet the objectives of the program. Please visit the DHCP website for specifics. 

    Documentary Heritage Communities Program



    Technology Working Group 

  • 14 Jul 2015 9:00 AM | Jordan Bass (Administrator)

    Hello, 

    We are the final stages of completing a total overhaul of the AMA's web presence.This site will contain important archival news and event information, a directory of Manitoba's archival institutions, services and online resources, links to archival descriptions and digital records, and much more. 




    We will also be integrating an online payment feature to make it easier for members to renew their memberships. 

    Please sit tight, this website is going to be awesome!

    Sincerely, 

           


    Technology Working Group  


  • 23 Jan 2015 3:28 PM | Jordan Bass (Administrator)

    On Thursday, January 15th, the Association for Manitoba Archives (AMA), the Association for Canadian Archivists (ACA), and the ACA UM Student Chapter hosted its first jointly funded and organized event: “Building Cohesion and Community across the Generations: An Evening of Conversation for Archivists & Allied Professionals.”

    The event began with a supper conversation for students, or entry-level archivists, to discuss the challenges of accessing employment and quality skill-building opportunities in the archival field. A total of fifteen students participated in the discussion, which covered a variety of issues, such as changes to the job market, a need for increased opportunities to build technical skills in digital archives, the realities of starting a “portfolio career”, and a need to expand job searches to related areas (i.e. records and information management). The discussion also touched on the local hiring culture in Winnipeg and the need for entry-level archivists to network, identify their transferable skills, and find ways to market themselves professionally and to a wider market. As one student accurately remarked, “It’s all about who you know. Most jobs aren’t advertised in this city.”

    Guest Speakers: Carole Garnham (Regional Information and Communication Technologies Lead for Southern Health-Santé Sud), Karen Meelker (Access and Privacy Officer/Coordinator at the University of Manitoba), and Carole Boily (Archival Consultant)

    The second half of the evening students and members of the AMA had the occasion to listen to three successful professionals, who all shared stories about their personal career experiences and provided practical tips and insightful advice for successfully finding employment opportunities.

    Karen Meelker, Access and Privacy Officer and Coordinator at the University of Manitoba, did her undergraduate degree in science and never imagined that she would be in her current career. Meelker reminded listeners of recent headlines related to access and privacy, “Every morning I get up, have my coffee, and read the newspaper.” It is her job to stay on top of current events as it is her responsibility to “keep the university out of the headlines.” She explained that there is a lot of employment opportunities in her field, and that anytime one hears terms such as “big data”, “cloud computing”, “hacktivism”, or “freedom of information”, there is guaranteed to be an access and privacy officer on the job. She has hired students from the archival program in the past, and encourages others looking for work to consider this area of opportunity. Above all, her take home message was: “Don’t stop learning. Be a life-long learner”.


    Carole Boily, independent archival consultant, shared her personal career story with students about how she “accidentally” became an archivist in the 1980s. Boily described several of the diverse archival positions she has held in Winnipeg, ranging from archivist of the Grey Nuns Collection for over thirteen years to her archival involvement with arts-based organizations, such as the Manitoba Theatre Centre, helping them to assess and improve their archival collections. She explained that the records of the arts community are “generally not in a good position” and that trained archivists have the opportunity to assist this community in the preservation of their materials. She also touched on the challenge of finding contracts that can afford to pay you want you are worth. Overall, she says that she has been able to stay steadily employed and has had a rewarding and enjoyable career. For those with the desire and ability, a career in consulting is possible, and many Canadian archivists have developed successful careers as consultants. 

    Carol Garnham talked about the need for new professionals to “think big”, learn to “knit” our skills into other job descriptions, and avoid sitting around and waiting for opportunities to come our way. Garnham explained that she expanded her own career opportunities by building skills through experience, and by constantly taking courses such as business management, electronic records management, technical writing. Essentially, she has done whatever she needs to maintain a high level of knowledge and resiliency. She encouraged students to get experience wherever they can, even if that means putting time aside to volunteer for a few hours each week. And for those who are interested, she believes that faith-based corporations and privately held companies are markets that archivists should really consider approaching as they often have both a need for assistance and the money to pay for it. 

    Overall, the presentations and discussion were encouraging. While the job market has changed and it is unlikely that most entry-level archivists will access full-time employment at a single institution upon graduation these days, there are other ways to make a good living in the field. Meelker, Boily, and Garnham exemplified a few of those potential avenues of opportunity and for providing us with insight into their professions, and their words of wisdom, we are incredibly grateful. Above all, the main message that was driven home was that in order to be successful, one has to be proactive in building skills and finding experiential learning opportunities, think “outside the box”, and look for ways to sell archival services to a diverse market of individuals, organizations, companies, and municipalities who are all in need of a records professional, and just are not aware of it yet!

    Event organizers: Nicole Courrier (ACA President), Jessica Nichol (ACA Vice-President), Petra Lundy (AMA Student Rep.), and Sarah Story (AMA Information & Outreach Organizer).



    Student Member at Large 

    Sarah Story


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