ANLA provides an education and training program consisting of introductory workshops in professional principles and practices, complemented by two-day workshops in specialized topics.  ANLA designs its annual education program to reflect the needs of its members. If your archive is interested in a particular topic, or if you wish to obtain additional information, please contact the ANLA office.


Basic Archives – an introduction to archival practice
Basic Archives is a five-day workshop, which introduces you to archival language, appraisal and selection, arrangement, description and preservation. The workshop targets volunteer, part-time and full-time archivists, as well as students employed in archival institutions. The workshop is taught by a team of professional archivists who combine presentations with “hands-on” exercises and archival tours. The registration fee for Basic Archivesincludes a curriculum manual, the ANLA Resource Binder for Small Archives.

Basic Archives is normally offered once a year. If you are interested in placing your name on a waiting list for registration, please contact the ANLA office.

Introduction To RAD

ANLA also offers Introduction To Rules For Archival Description (RAD). This one-day workshop is a practical guide to the Rules for Archival Description and uses a primer developed by ANLA, Untangling RAD: An Introduction to RAD-compliant Descriptions for Textual Materials. You may request this as an on-site workshop for your institution: we will use selected holdings from your archives as illustrations of description.

Policies and Procedures for Small Archives
Many small institutions get into trouble because decisions about donations, loans, hiring and so on are made on an ad hoc basis. Well-established policies and procedures allow your institution to survive staff changes, funding cuts, board disagreements, disasters and even legal challenges.
This course is designed to help you evaluate your institution’s policies and procedures, if you have them, and to create policies and procedures for your institution if you don’t have them.
This course is offered in a distance education format and is available on demand. For further information, please contact the ANLA office.

On-site workshops

Member archives may also request the PDO to present onsite workshops that are tailored to the needs of their institution. For further information and options, please contact the ANLA office.

Specialized Workshops

ANLA presents two-day workshops on a variety of themes of interest to its membership. Recent topics have included:
•  preserving and describing cartographic records
•  exhibiting archival materials
•  creating a policies and procedures manual
•  copyright issues
•  emergency and disaster planning
For information on upcoming workshops, check the homepage

Travel Assistance

ANLA is able to offer some travel support for training opportunities.

What is available: ANLA provides a travel subsidy for members who wish to attend workshops or other training opportunities. Selection is by recommendation of the Education Committee with final approval by the ANLA Executive. Preference will be given to applicants who agree to provide ANLA members with a report on the project for use in the ANLA Bulletin or other public awareness document.

Who can apply: All members of ANLA in good standing with the association.

What is covered: Transportation costs based on the most economical rate. Mileage calculated at the provincial government mileage rate: air or other transport at the economy rate. All applicants must apply to their institutions for funding before applying to ANLA. For ACA conferences, ACA members should initially apply to the ACA Travel Grant for funding. If your institution is providing any funding, details of this support must be submitted.

A fully completed application form must be submitted. Limited travel monies are available. Your application will be carefully reviewed. Unfortunately ANLA cannot accommodate all requests.