Notice from the President: Who says there’s no such thing as a free lunch?

Hello all!

As we’re coming to the end of our Strategic Planning cycle and about to start another, we thought it was a good time to bring people together for a little celebration. Please join us for a free lunch between 12-2 on March 11 in the City Archives. If you have any ideas or suggestions for the new strategic plan, please bring those with you. (Suggestions may be submitted anonymously). If not, we’ll simply enjoy a little midday break.

Attached is a copy of the last strategic plan, which was for 2010-2015.
We’d like to open this event to everyone working in archives. Feel free to share this invite with your colleagues who may not be ANLA members.

Please RSVP (709) 726- 2867 or

For those of you who can’t make the lunch, we welcome your comments and suggestions by email, mail or telephone.



Copyright for Archives March 7-8 2016

The Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives presents a 2-day workshop: Copyright for Archives When: March 7-8, 2016

Where: The Rooms Theatre

Instructor: Dr. Jean Dryden.

ANLA presents a two-day workshop providing an overview of the Canadian Copyright Act and related case law of particular relevance to archivists in Newfoundland and Labrador. The first day will provide an intensive overview of how the Canadian copyright law works, with particular attention to its application in the digital environment.

Topics to be covered include: categories of works, ownership and duration of copyright, economic rights of copyright owners, moral rights of authors, users’ rights, international copyright, and how to analyze a copyright problem. The second day will give participants an opportunity to apply what they have learned as they discuss case studies about copyright issues of interest to archivists, including (but not limited to) photographs, digitizing holdings, and orphan works.

Fees: $100 for ANLA members $150 for non-members

Instructor: Jean Dryden’s expertise in copyright has been developed over many years of experience as an archivist. As Chair of the Bureau of Canadian Archivists Copyright Committee, she played a lead role in successful lobbying for exceptions for libraries, archives and museums during the discussions leading to the 1997 amendments to the Copyright Act. Her doctoral dissertation (Toronto, 2008) investigated the copyright practices of Canadian archival repositories in making their holdings available online. From 2008-2011, she taught at the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, where she was the principal investigator for a comparative research study that examined the copyright practices of American archival repositories and their impact on users. She is the author of Demystifying Copyright: A Researcher’s Guide to Copyright in Canadian Libraries and Archives (2014). She teaches copyright courses for the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto and for the Society of American Archivists. She is currently pursuing a LLM degree, specializing in Intellectual Property, at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University.

We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada.

Old Christmas Party!



invites you to our annual


on Wednesday, JANUARY 6, 2015

5-7  P.M.

at the


Military Road, St. John’s


R.S.V.P. – 726-2867

The Future of RAD: a forum for the archival community of Newfoundland and Labrador

The Canadian Committee on Archival Description (CCAD) of the Canadian Council of Archives has been contracted by Library and Archives Canada to develop a plan to update and revise the Rules for Archival Description (RAD). A national meeting of experts will be held during the winter of 2016 to discuss the path this revision should take. Before this meeting is held, provincial and territorial councils have been invited to host their own regional meetings to discuss their ideas about the future of RAD.

A backgrounder with key questions will be provided by CCAD to direct the discussions and provide feedback that will be shared during the national meeting. Background readings and other information will be available in advance to help participants prepare and contribute to the regional discussion.

ANLA will be facilitating a regional meeting about the future of RAD on November 20, 2015. The meeting will be hosted by The Rooms Provincial Archives Division and will take place in The Rooms Theatre. Participants can join us in person or via a distance communication technology (type to be determined).

Please RSVP to this invitation by November 10, letting us know whether you will be joining us in person or via distance technology.

For further information contact the ANLA office.


ANLA’s AGM was held on June 29, 2015. Many thanks to all who were able to attend and to the archives an the St. John’s campus of Memorial University who welcomed attendees for behind the scenes tours.

A copy of the day’s proceedings is available on the website (AGM 2015).

Congratulations to the new executive for 2015-2016 and good luck for the coming year!

New funding program announced

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to announce the launch of its new Documentary Heritage Communities Program (DHCP). This contribution program is a collaborative approach which will ensure the outreach of Canada’s local documentary heritage communities.

The contributions will support the development of Canada’s local archival and library communities, as well as their professional associations, by increasing their capacity to preserve, provide access to and promote documentary heritage and will provide opportunities for local documentary heritage communities to evolve and remain sustainable.

LAC invites all eligible organizations to apply at their earliest convenience. The deadline for the 2015 funding cycle is September 4, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.
Additional information on the DHCP, including eligibility criteria for organizations and initiatives can be found on LAC’s website ( or by contacting LAC at (819) 997-0893 or 1-844-757-8035 (toll-free in Canada and the US).

If you are interested in this program and would like more information, or if you have comments on the terms of the program, contact the ANLA office. We’ll tell you what we know – it’s new and exciting to us too! Expect to hear more as we learn more.

Simple Preservation Treatments Workshop, June 30 2015

Simple Preservation Treatments for Flat, Paper-based Records

When: June 30, 2015 (the day after ANLA’s AGM)

Where: ANLA office – Suite 201, 15 Hallett Crescent, St. John’s, NL

Instructor: Paula French, Conservator & Preservation Consultant

This full day, hands-on workshop will introduce some very basic treatment techniques, work set-ups, and materials required for basic treatment of flat, paper-based archival records.  Basic treatment techniques to be discussed include surface cleaning, fastener removal, opening of folded and rolled paper documents, releasing simple creases from paper documents, and stabilizing tears in paper.

All tools and materials will be provided.

Participants are asked to bring along paper-based documents that require any of the above listed treatment.

Archival documents to be treated, WILL NOT be provided.

Registration deadline: Participants must register for this course by  June 22, 2015 .

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

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

Reminder: Basic Archives April 13-17, 2015. Spaces still available.


April 13-17, 2015   9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Suite 201, 15 Hallett Crescent, St. John’s, NL

This five-day workshop is intended to introduce participants to basic archival skills through in-class exercises and “hands-on” demonstrations. Sessions are taught by professional archivists from the provincial archival community.  Topics covered include:

  • Basic archival principles
  • Appraisal and selection
  • Accessioning
  • Arrangement
  • Description
  • Preservation
  • Reference and access

Registration fee: $150 (includes 1-year individual membership)

Registration deadline: Participants must register for this course by April 7, 2015.

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

Workshop: Preservation of Photographic Images, March 19-20, 2015

The Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives presents a workshop on

Preservation of Photographic Images

Dates: March 19-20, 2015 (1.5 days)

Location:  ANLA office – Suite 201, 15 Hallett Crescent, St. John’s, NL

Instructors: Conservator Paula French and well-known Newfoundland and Labrador photograph expert Manny Buchheit

This workshop will discuss the care, storage and handling of historical photographs, negatives, photograph albums and framed images.  The instructors will also discuss policies for the exhibition of photographic images and the reproduction of photographs. The workshop will also include a special half-day session on the history of photography in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Registration fees:                 Members: $75

Non-members: $100

Registration deadline: March 11, 2015

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