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

    • 28 Oct 2021
    • 6:30 PM
    • Zoom

    2021 AMA Annual General Meeting

    Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the members of the Association for Manitoba Archives will be held on Thursday the 28th day of October 2021 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 

    Due to the continuing COVID-19 situation this will be a virtual meeting held via Zoom. An invitation link will be sent two days in advance of the meeting to the email address of those who have registered.

    Members who are unable to attend the meeting in person are requested to sign the enclosed proxy and return it to the AMA at the address below or by email prior to October 25, 2021. If present in person at the meeting, the proxies will become void and members may vote personally on all matters brought before the meeting.

    • 02 Nov 2021
    • 11:30 AM
    • 23 Nov 2021
    • 12:30 PM
    • Zoom

    What to keep and where to put it! (Records management 101 for archivists)

    Have you wanted to clean your filing cabinets, but the job was too daunting? Have you accumulated files and stuck them in piles, boxes, or shared drives just to have them out of sight? You are not alone! We tend to keep too many records. The AMA is offering a unique webinar series which will help you better understand what records are to be kept, which ones are meant to be transferred to an archive or a records storage facility and which one could be destroyed.  This series will provide an overview of basic records management principles, which will help you get started in managing your records.

    Carole Pelchat, Archivist, and Information Security Officer from the Université de Saint-Boniface will lead this 4-part Webinar series. Each Webinar will last approx. 60 minutes.

    This webinar series is for those managing archives. This series will not be recorded.

    Dates: November 2, 9, 16, and 23, 2021

    Time: 11:30am to 12:30pm Central Time

    Cost: $20 per participant. Please register by October 31st at the AMA website.

    The fee is waived for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit participants. If you would like the fee waived, please contact Kathy at the AMA's email ( by October 31st.

    A zoom link will be forwarded to you in advance of the workshop.

Past events

14 Oct 2021 2021 Manitoba Heritage Summit
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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