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ANLA Introduction to archival practice workshop October 30 – November 3, 2017

ANLA will be offering its five-day introductory Basic Archives workshop from October 30 – November 3, 2017 in St. John’s. This is an excellent opportunity to learn how to obtain physical, administrative and  intellectual control of both your historical records and the records of your organization.

Cost: $150 (includes 1 year individual membership and a copy of ANLA’s nationally-recognized Basic Archives binder)

Pre-registration required. Registration deadline October 24, 2017.

Some financial assistance for transportation costs is available for members: contact the ANLA office for more information.

For further information contact the ANLA office.

INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT FOR CULTURAL PROPERTY

Date: September 13-14, 2017; 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: St. John’s, NL; Venue to be determined.

In this two day workshop, participants will learn how to recognize and identify organisms that are detrimental to the longevity of collections. Participants will also learn how to decide how to respond to the discovery of pests from a suite of options. There will also be an opportunity to learn how to assess cultural property for pest risks and propose an IPM plan to mitigate them.

This workshop is beneficial for staff and volunteers of cultural facilities who are responsible for the physical integrity, research, exhibition and other utility values of collections of cultural property, all of which are harmed by pest activity.

This workshop is an elective course for the Museum Studies Certificate Program. For more information about this program, please contact Sarah Wade, Professional Development Coordinator via email at swade@nf.aibn.com or at (709) 722 9034.

Instructors: Thomas Strang, Canadian Conservation Institute
Enrolment Limits: Maximum of 25.
Registration Fees: $180 for MANL and ANLA members, $205 for non-members (LUNCH INCLUDED)
Registration Deadline: September 1, 2017

Cancellations received less than 5 days in advance are not eligible for refunds. Participants who do not attend remain responsible for full payment.

 

STILL SPACE, LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER! Strategic planning!

ANLA is holding a strategic planning session to help us determine directions for our organization’s future over the next five years. The session will take place on Saturday June 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Road, St. John’s.

Our previous experience with strategic plans has shown us that a strategic plan is a very effective means of ensuring that our organization stays focussed on its mandate and on the needs and objectives of its members. The last strategic plan, which covered the years between 2011 and 2015, was a great support to our organization, especially in the face of shifting funding opportunities. The object of this session is to consult members about the basics of a strategic plan for 2016-2020.

Some travel and accommodation support is available to ANLA members from outside St. John’s who wish to attend the session. Accommodation will be provided for the nights of June 16 and 17, which could also enable participants to attend ANLA’s AGM. Contact the ANLA office for further details.

Register for this event by contacting the ANLA office. Registration deadline is June 12, 2017.

If you are not able to attend this session but would still like to have input in the strategic planning process we would welcome your written submissions.

Please see your e-mail for a copy of the 2011-2015 strategic plan.

Plan to attend and be involved in shaping ANLA’s future activities!

AGM & Luncheon

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND LUNCHEON

June 16, 2017

The Annual General Meeting and Luncheon for the Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives will be held at The Lantern, Barnes Road, St. John’s, commencing at 9:00 a.m. Payment of membership fees for 2017-2018 welcomed. (We ask that you fill out a membership renewal form.)

Parking: Please not that parking at The Lantern is limited.  Attending members are encouraged to car pool or use public transport.

 

What’s on the schedule:

Morning:

8:30 – 9 a.m.   Coffee

9:30 a.m.  Welcome to the 2017 AGM: Emily Gushue

Introduction of Current Executive

Approval of the Agenda

Approval of Minutes of 2016 AGM

Business arising from the Minutes

Reports:

  • President’s Report: Emily Gushue
  • Treasurer’s Report: Kayla Burry

Committee Reports:

  • Education: Nicole Penney
  • IT: Aimee Chaulk
  • Outreach: Emily Gushue

PDO Report: Mary Ellen Wright

10:45 a.m.                                                     BREAK

11:15 a.m.                        Nominations of the Executive

11:30 a.m.                        Archives Around the Province: Presentations/Updates

Other Business

 

Luncheon:  12:30 pm – 2 p.m. Cost to members: $15.00   RSVP required – please contact the ANLA office by June 12 if you wish to attend the luncheon. Please mention any dietary restrictions.

Menu: Soup, sandwiches and dessert

Archives Advisor out of office

Due to some essential electrical work at our office, our Archives Advisor Mary Ellen will be working from home next week. She will be available via email and will be checking phone messages.

She’ll be back in the office after the long weekend!

Basic Archives Cancelled

This workshop has been cancelled due to low enrollment.

We would like to offer this workshop again at another time of year. I’ve attached a link to a 1-question survey to determine what time of year would be best.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RQLRN2K

Your advice would be greatly appreciated!

Basic Archives workshop May 2017

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW!

Depending on sufficient registration, ANLA proposes to offer its five-day introductory Basic Archives workshop from May 15-19, 2017 in St. John’s. This is an excellent opportunity to learn how to obtain physical, administrative and  intellectual control of both your historical records and the records of your organization. This five-day workshop is intended to introduce participants to basic archival skills through in-class exercises and “hands-on” demonstrations.  Topics to be covered include:

  • introduction to archival concepts and vocabulary
  • appraisal and selection of archival material
  • arrangement of archival material
  • description of archival material
  • preservation of archival material
  • access and reference issues

Cost: $150 (includes 1 year individual membership and a copy of ANLA’s nationally-recognized Basic Archives binder)

Pre-registration required: minimum registration of 10 people required

More details to follow. For further information contact the ANLA office.

Workshop: Planning digitization projects

The Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives presents a workshop on

Planning digitization projects

April 27- 28, 2017  9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location: Archdiocesan Pastoral Centre Conference Room, 200 Military Road, St. John’s (tentative)

Day one of this two-day workshop will introduce participants to digitization standards for specific media. Day two of the workshop will focus on planning a digitization project and will include advice for people who don’t know much about the digital world.  The session will conclude with presentations from organizations which have done or are now doing large digitization projects.

Registration deadline: Participants must register for this course by April 24, 2017.

Fees:   One day: $50 for ANLA members              $75 for non-members

Both days $100 for ANLA members         $125 for non-members

Some financial assistance for transportation costs is available for members: please contact the ANLA office for more information.

Reminder: Survey of Heritage Institutions

Just a reminder that we have just passed the halfway mark for the deadline to fill out the 2017 Government of Canada Survey of Heritage Institutions. This survey collects information that’s extremely useful to our provincial heritage community. Please take the time to fill it out if you haven’t already done so!

New Rooms Legislation

Dear ANLA members:

On Wednesday the new version of the Rooms Act received second reading in the House of Assembly. In addition to some housekeeping-type revisions, the bill (Bill 56) revises the structure of The Rooms Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador, in order to make the structure more flexible, by removing the requirement for separate divisions and directors for the archives, museum and art gallery. You can read the discussion about this in Hansard here http://www.assembly.nl.ca/…/hansa…/ga48session1/16-12-06.htm .

We contacted the minister’s office on Wednesday for an appointment ASAP, and received an invitation 10 minutes later to a meeting on Thursday morning at 11:45 a.m. Present at the meeting were ANLA president Emily Gushue, Minister Mitchelmore, Deputy Minister Ted Lomand, Assistant Deputy minister Carmella Murphy, Senior Policy & Program Development Specialist Christina Harrington and ANLA’s Archives Advisor, Mary Ellen Wright.

When we asked about the changes to the Act the minister said that this change is in line with the structures of the acts of other crown corporations. He states in various places and stated at yesterday’s meeting that this does not mean any change to the way The Rooms actually operates. We indicated that our concern was with what might be made possible by the changes to the act, especially in terms of a revision of the administrative structure and functions of the three sister institutions.

We outlined our concerns as follows:

1. Lack of consultation: In addition to being a significant repository in its own right, The Rooms Provincial Archives Division is an important and influential member of the provincial archival community. That being the case, decisions about its operation have a province-wide impact and should be explored with the community and its representatives. We expressed particular concern about the apparent lack of consultation with the professional archival community or with archives users.

2. The increasing emphasis on exhibits and public programming, which is evident in the revisions, will come at the cost of such essential archival functions as arrangement, description and preservation. This will be much more likely to happen if archives division functions are merged into an overarching “collections” division, as is already reflected in the organization of the Rooms website. The internal operation of The Rooms must recognise the role of the archives – and of the museum and the art gallery – as stewards and preservers of our provincial cultural heritage rather than simply as purveyors of raw material for public programming events. Exhibits and public programming are essential functions for The Rooms, but they are not, and should not be, its driving functions.

3. Lack of context: There is no indication that there has been any review of possible models or precedents for this reorganization. Examples mentioned in the Hansard debate include the Glenbow Museum, which is privately-endowed, and the Royal British Columbia Museum, whose amalgamation with the British Columbia Archives has been fraught with administrative and operational problems. The provision of examples of the proposed alteration to the operative model is essential.

4. Lack of understanding of the nature of archives: While archives do provide curated versions of some of their holdings from time to time, their principal function is as an information resource – for individuals, communities, museums, art galleries, businesses, artists and government, among many others. They do not hold ‘examples’ of things but offer thousands of metres of unique items which must be catalogued in order to be accessible for any purpose. Any implementation of the newly amended legislation must recognize not just the shared functions of The Rooms institutions but their distinctly different functions.

5. The unwarranted speed and the perception of secrecy of the amendment process are also a concern for us: if these amendments are so reasonable and important why could they not have been explored via stakeholder consultation before the bill entered the House? We suggested that the rapid backlash to the suggestion of revisions to the act indicates a breakdown in important community relationships between The Rooms administration and stakeholder groups.

With all that being said, the atmosphere at the meeting was not negative or adversarial. We indicated that as an association we were proud of the accomplishments of the Rooms and were discussing our concerns as people who want the best of standards for our member organization and provincial archival flagship. We told the minister and his colleagues that we would continue to monitor the situation and to push for stakeholder consultation as we saw fit.

If ANLA members have any comments or concerns about this whole affair, please contact both your MHA and the ANLA office.

Emily Gushue
President
Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives

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