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

    • 13 Sep 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 04 Oct 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • Zoom

    Collections Care and Preventative Conservation for Archives - Webinar Series

    This is a four-part webinar series that serves as an introduction to collections care and preventative conservation for Archives. The intended audience for these seminars is archival staff (or other members of the community) that are new to the field, or are new to a position that requires preservation planning. The webinar series will focus care for materials and objects that tend to be found in the archival collections. 

    Topics include: preservation issues in Archives; the composition of archival materials; how to plan and implement a preservation program; holdings maintenance, storage, access, and exhibits; and the Canadian Conservation Institute agents of deterioration

    Learning objectives: Upon completion of this webinar series participants will have acquired knowledge of: the damaging effects of the most common agents of deterioration, basic deterioration problems of many organic and inorganic materials, preventive conservation measures, accessible and effective methods and equipment to reduce deterioration

    Presenter: Jane Dalley is a British-trained archival conservator who has created and presented workshops provincially, nationally and internationally. She has worked at the former National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, privately in Quebec for the archives and libraries of several Universities and religious archives, as Chief Conservator of the Provincial Archives of Manitoba, and in delivering outreach programs for various provincial heritage organizations. She recently completed a BSc in Applied Disaster & Emergency Studies and is an amateur entomologist

    This seminar is not intended for conservators, conservation technicians or anyone already familiar with the basics of collections care

    Dates: 13 September 2021
                20 September 2021
                27 September 2021
                4 October 2021

    Time: Each meeting will be 1.5 hours long starting at 12:00 pm Central Time.

    Cost: $60 for AMA members, $70 for non-AMA members
    *There are a limited number of free spaces available for students, precariously employed members, and for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis persons. Please send an email to the if you require a free space

    Registration: Registration will be made available online on the AMA website.  Zoom links will be provided to registrants in early-September prior to the start of the Webinar series

Past events

20 Jan 2021 Beyond Indigenous Awareness
16 Oct 2020 Call for Applications - Citizen Member for the City of Winnipeg Records Committee
08 Oct 2020 AMA Annual General Meeting
01 Oct 2020 Manitoba Heritage Summit
13 Jul 2020 Consultation Session on the University of Manitoba's Archival Studies Program
15 Jan 2020 Manitoba Day Nominations
03 Oct 2019 Association for Manitoba Archives Annual General Meeting
21 Sep 2019 Introduction to Archives Workshop
20 Sep 2019 MAIN Training
14 Jun 2019 MAIN Training
29 May 2019 Manitoba Day Awards
15 May 2019 Unbreakable: The Spirit of the Strike
01 May 2019 The Power of the Archive
13 Apr 2019 Introduction to Archives Workshop
28 Mar 2019 A Public Conversation About the City of Winnipeg Archives
13 Mar 2019 TRC Calls to Action for Archives & NCTR Tour
07 Dec 2018 Christmas Gathering
11 Oct 2018 Annual General Meeting
30 May 2018 2018 Manitoba Day Awards
10 Nov 2017 An Introduction to Oral History
23 May 2017 Manitoba Day Awards
20 Oct 2016 AMA 2016 Annual General Meeting
14 Oct 2016 Emergency Preparedness Workshop
29 Feb 2016 Digitization Workshop
07 Oct 2015 LAC Wallot-Sylvestre Seminar featuring Robert Darnton
25 Sep 2015 AMA Meet and Greet
04 Aug 2015 International Indigenous Librarians Forum (IILF) 2015
29 Jul 2015 I-CHORA 7
13 Jul 2015 ICA-SUV 2015
11 Jun 2015 ACA Conference 2015
27 May 2015 Manitoba Day Awards
14 Apr 2015 "Archival Outreach & Collaboration: Sharing Stories of our Successes and Challenges” - An Evening of Conversation for Local Archivists
28 Feb 2015 Introduction to Archives
17 Feb 2015 What's new with AtoM?
13 Feb 2015 Pub Night for Archivists
03 Dec 2014 “Odd and Intimate Encounters: Archivists Share their Personal Stories about Collections, Donors, and the Archival Spaces”
27 Nov 2014 AMA Annual General Meeting
01 Jun 1990 1990 Annual 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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