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 Jul 2020
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • Online

    A public consultation session has been scheduled on the future of the Archival Studies stream of the Joint Master's Program in the Department of History at the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg.

    Please see below for details on the consultation that will take
    place on *Monday, July 13, 2020 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm Central Standard Time*.

    Registration for the Zoom session is required by *Thursday, July 9, 2020*.
    Please RSVP to if you would like to participate
    or if you have any questions about the consultation.

    The Association for Manitoba Archives (AMA) has campaigned for broader
    consultation since changes to the Archival Studies program at the
    University of Manitoba were first proposed in 2017.

    The external organizers of the consultation have been kind enough to share
    in advance the questions that will be posed to participants:

    1. Looking forward 20 years, what role will archivists play? What will an
    archivist do? Why types of things will they be involved in?

    2. What skills and/or capabilities need to be developed to meet future

    3. What additional skills, knowledge or capabilities need to be developed
    to meet the goals of a) equity, diversity, and inclusivity and b)
    Indigenous engagement, reconciliation and decolonization?

    4. What could be done to make the program even more inviting for
    prospective students?

    While these questions are quite general, we hope they will inspire a
    conversation that addresses the particular needs and current situation of
    the Archival Studies program at the University of Manitoba. We invite those
    interested in participating to consider as well the following questions
    when preparing for the session:

    1. What is your overall impression of the strengths and weaknesses of the
    University of Manitoba's Archival Studies program?

    2. What would you advise the Department of History and the University to do
    to improve the program?

    The AMA encourages anyone with an interest in the future of archival
    education in Canada to participate in this session.

Past events

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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