Professional Development

The AMA offers educational and training opportunities in archival principles and practices through seminars, workshops and lectures. Topics range from preservation, acquisition and appraisal, arrangement and description, electronic records, reference services, public awareness, advocacy and management. A listing of non-AMA professional development opportunities is also available here

Digitization Resources

Advisory Services Resources

Upcoming events

    • 20 Sep 2019
    • 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • University of Brandon, John E. Robbins Library (Convergys Lab)
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    What will be covered in the session

    • Introduction to MAIN
    • MAIN policy guide
    • How to update your repository page
    • Adding/editing authority records in MAIN
    • Adding/editing archival descriptions in MAIN
    • Uploading digital objects
    • Generating finding aids in MAIN
    • Arrangement features in MAIN
    • AtoM Resources

    The formal training session will end around 3:30 PM but session facilitators will remain in the computer lab until 4:30 PM so that attendees have the opportunity to ask questions and continue working in MAIN with technical support after the session. If attendees have a finding aid from their repository that they’d like to enter into MAIN, they are encouraged to bring a description with them to work on during the session. Otherwise, practice descriptions can be created during the session and deleted by the end of the session.

    Future sessions
    We are aiming to hold an Advanced MAIN-AtoM session in the coming year but those who are interested in attending that session will be required to have attended a Beginner MAIN session.

    Who should attend
    We encourage AMA institutional users who are new to MAIN, as well as those who already work in MAIN but need a refresher, to sign up. Users of MAIN who have previously taken training using earlier versions of AtoM may also be interested in signing up to update their skills and learn more about features in AtoM 2.4.1.

    What is needed for the session

    Participants will need access to a MAIN account for the session. Participants with existing accounts in MAIN should have or know their login credentials for the session. Temporary accounts may be provided to participants who are not part of an AMA-accredited institution if requested. Participants should also have a general understanding of archival principles of arrangement and description, including knowledge of Rules for Archival Description.

    What will be provided

    Training guides will be provided to participants during the session. These documents will further be publicly available through the AMA website. Coffee and refreshments will also be offered during the session.

    The session is free, but we encourage attendees to make a donation to the Association for Manitoba Archives fund in lieu of paying for registration. 

    To register, please e-mail the Digital Initiatives Committee at, or register through the AMA website by Monday, 9 September 2019.

    • 21 Sep 2019
    • 8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
    • University of Brandon, John E. Robbins Library (Convergys Computer Lab)
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    Workshop Description

    This workshop will lead participants toward an understanding of basic archival principles, including appraisal, accessioning, description, preservation (including digital), and access. 

    These aspects of archival work will be explained in relation to the people and communities connected to the records, and the roles they have in relation to the archival materials. This includes the archival staff, but also the users, donors, sponsors and funders.


    Sarah Story
    Sarah Story is an independent archivist and an oral historian who provides memory preservation support to families, small organizations and community groups. Sarah is a board member of the Association for Manitoba Archives. She has an interest in archival decolonization.

    Sarah Ramsden

    Sarah Ramsden has worked as an Archivist at the City of Winnipeg Archives since 2013. She is a graduate of the University of Manitoba Archival Studies MA programme and studied history at Brandon University and Queen's University. Her current research interests include information loss in municipal records and the history of parades.

    Registration Deadline

    Monday, 9 September 2019

    Participants can use the "Register" button on the Association for Manitoba Archives Introduction to Archives course event page via provide all requested information. If you are not requesting a PayPal invoice, a copy of the registration confirmation email must be sent to the AMA office with your cheque.

    Participants can also send the attached form by email to, or by regular mail to Unit 606-100 Arthur Street, Winnipeg, MB, R3B 1H3.

    If you are mailing your registration please advise the AMA office by phone (204-942-3491) or email AHEAD OF 9 September 2019, and indicate whether you are requesting a PayPal invoice or mailing a cheque.

    • 03 Oct 2019
    • 6:30 PM
    • 100 Arthur Street (Artspace Building), 4th floor Boardroom

    The Annual General Meeting of the members of the Association for Manitoba Archives will be held at 100 Arthur Street (Artspace Building), 4th floor Boardroom  Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Thursday the 3rd day of October 2019 at 6:30 p.m. for the  purpose of:


    • Receiving and considering the reports of the Board of Directors
    • Election of Directors
    • Appointment of auditors
    • Transaction of such further business as may properly come before the meeting

    Members who are unable to attend the meeting in person are requested to sign the attached proxy and return it to the AMA prior to 30 September 2019 at:

    Association for Manitoba Archives

    606-100 Arthur Street

    Winnipeg, MB R3B 1H3

    If present in person at the meeting, the proxies will become void and members may vote personally on all matters brought before the meeting.


Digitization & Digital Preservation (from a 2016 workshop)

Digitization Planning - presentation by Brett Lougheed

Digitization Standards & Procedures - presentation by Elizabeth-Anne Johnson

Metadata - presentation by Elizabeth-Anne Johnson

Preservation - presentation by Jordan Bass

Access - presentation by Tyyne Petrowski

Archival Preservation of Digital Objects - presentation by Jordan Bass

Advisory Services

What To Do When the Filing Cabinet is Full?

This publication was produced by the Advisory Services Committee. It provides basic information on what to do with archival records and presents different options for their care. It was intended to answer questions that not-for-profit organizations or businesses might have in regards to their records.

Preservation Policy Guide

This guide to creating preservation policies is based on past Preservation Assessments. It may be used as a general resource and also to meet the criteria for AMA institutional membership.

Minimum Standards for Archives – a Self-Study by Nancy Stunden (1992)

The Self-Study Guide is designed to help archives examine how they are functioning and formulate development plans. By answering a series of simple questions about its organization, resources and services, a repository will be able to assess whether it meets the minimum standards desired by the Association for Manitoba Archives. To assist institutions that are deficient in some aspects, the Self-Study includes worksheets for recording improvement plans. The self-study is available for sale; please contact the AMA for further details.

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