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ANLA Symposium–Cancelled

The Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives regrets to announce the cancellation of our annual symposium for 2021. We look forward to your attendance and involvement when we go ahead again next year – hopefully in person!


Introduction to Metadata

Introduction to Metadata

Date: March 19, 2021,  1-3 p.m.

Instructor: Nicole Penney (Archivist with MUN’s Folklore and Language Archive)

Location: Virtual via Zoom Pro (link provided upon registration

Duration: 2 hours

Cost: $20  payable by cheque or e-transfer


Metadata is data about data. It makes finding and working with data easier, allowing the user to sort or locate specific documents stored on hard drives and flash drives. The creation of metadata is one of the most important aspects of digital management. It allows an item (jpeg, PDF or MP3) to be located on a digital database. Metadata provides contextual information to help researchers decide whether a resource meets their needs.

During this introductory level workshop we’ll explore what exactly metadata is and how it can be used to manage digital archival collections. This workshop will also provide each attendee with the knowledge and resources to compile metadata sets for their digital files. 

For more information or to register, email the ANLA office.  

Registration closes on March  16. 

AGM 2020

We’re Zooming It!!!

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING- Thursday, November 26, 2020

The Annual General Meeting for the Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives will be held via Zoom commencing at 3:00 pm Nfld time/2:30 in most of Labrador. After the meeting, we will hold a sharing session where we discover how member institutions have weathered COVID-19.

Payment of membership fees for 2020-2021 welcomed via e-transfer. (We ask that you fill out a membership renewal form.)

Members may present a report on their activities and plans at the AGM — please tell me if your institution plans to do this. If you have any members or supporters who have died in the last year and you would like them to be spoken of at the AGM, please let us know.


The Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives is asking for nominations for the executive of our organization.





3 Directors – ANLA directors represent members on the ANLA executive and attend monthly executive meetings in St. John’s (some travel assistance is available, or distance attendance can be arranged.).

Term of office is until the next AGM. Any member of the Association in good standing shall be eligible to hold office in the Association, with the exception of employees of the Association.

Nominations must be signed by the candidate, a nominator and a seconder, all of whom must be members in good standing. Elections will be held at ANLA ’s Annual General Meeting on November 26, 2020. Nominations may be sent to the ANLA office.

Deadline for nominations: November 23, 2020. 


I , _______________________________________________________, have accepted the nomination as a Director -at -Large of the Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives. 

Nominee’s signature________________________________

Nominator________________________________________ Seconder_____________________________________

ANLA Physical Office Closed

The ANLA physical office has been closed to the public since March 12 due to a broken elevator at our building, and due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the building has since been closed altogether. However, our Professional Development Officer/Archives Advisor Mary Ellen is working from home, and you may get in contact with her via phone or e-mail. Please leave a phone message on the ANLA phone line at 709-726-2867 or e-mail if you need to get in touch. Stay safe, everyone!

AGM Postponed

The ANLA Executive has decided to postpone our 2020 Annual General Meeting. We typically hold it in June, but in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are postponing to a date further in the future. We will reassess the situation in August. If you would like to get involved with ANLA before then, please get in touch! We are currently meeting virtually.

Larry Dohey

Larry Dohey. From Caul’s Funeral Home.

The Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives mourns the death of our friend and colleague Larry Dohey. Larry was a member of our organization from the beginning of his archival career. In typical Larry fashion, he became active on our board almost immediately and served in various positions for over ten years. He hosted many ANLA meetings and events during his tenure with the archives at the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. John’s and continued to be a friend to the association when he moved to The Rooms.

One of Larry’s greatest strengths was in communicating the relevance of archives to the life of this province. He became in many ways the public face of archives. His ‘’Archival Moments’’ blog and VOCM broadcast opened the possibilities of the world of archives to a wide community of people. One archivist commented that because of Larry’s work “my Nan finally understands what I do for a living.’’

Larry’s knowledge of archival sources, gleaned from his archival experience and his own research, enabled him to connect people and organizations to the archival resources that helped to tell their stories and answer their questions. It wasn’t all academic – he took a genuine interest in the research journeys of the people who turned to him for advice and his empathetic support resolved many research dilemmas. His work in this area epitomised the value of the archival skill set.

Larry was a wonderful colleague and friend. In the Canadian archival community he was renowned for his hospitality, his conviviality and his kindness to one and all. One Canadian archivist, speaking  of a conference they both attended, said “ Larry’s accommodations were not up to standard so I told him he could stay at my place.  It took him less than 24 hours to inform his vast network of fellow Newfoundlanders in the city that he was in town and before I knew it, I was the host of large kitchen party that was simply too much fun. “ We all acknowledge with happy memories that part of his life.

Larry loved this province, loved its culture and loved the stories its archival records could tell. We extend our sincere condolences to his partner Ian, to his family and to his colleagues and friends. He was a good man.

Memory Mug-Up at the Gander Airport

Gander Heritage Trails Inc. is hosting a “Memory Mug Up at the Airport” taking place on June 19th, 2019 to celebrate Gander International Airport’s 60th Anniversary at the International Lounge, featuring Provincial Heritage Officer, Dale Jarvis and local speakers. 

Cupids Legacy Centre Annual Lobster Supper and Auction

May 15, 2019
To Whom It May Concern:
Cupids Legacy Inc., is a registered charitable, not-for-profit organization whose mandate is to preserve, prominently display and effectively promote the history and heritage of Cupids and the Northern Avalon region from the early 17th century to the present.
The Cupids Legacy Centre was opened in 2010 as a legacy project of the Cupids 400 anniversary celebrations, which commemorated the establishment of the first English settlement and birthplace of English Canada by Governor John Guy (Cupids, 1610). The Centre is a state-of-the-art facility with an innovative and interactive museum, a family history
resource centre and archive, a multipurpose hall, a museum shop and an exterior viewing deck and faerie garden. A place “Where the Present Meets the Past,” the Legacy Centre showcases the heritage and culture that have defined our place in Canadian history.
As we are a not-for–profit organization that must provide for its own sustainability, we will host a number of fundraisers throughout the year – one of which is the 6th Annual Lobster Supper and Auction – which will take place on Saturday, June 15th, 2019, at the Cupids Legacy Centre. To assist us with our fundraising efforts, we would like to ask you to consider making a donation in the form of a product, service or monetary amount for this Annual event. Donations may be picked up or dropped off at the Legacy Centre by June 11th, 2019.
We thank you for your consideration and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Corrina Bartlett or myself at 528-1610.

Roy Dawe
Chair, Cupids Legacy Inc.