Welcome to the Archives Association of British Columbia

The Archives Association of British Columbia represents individual and institutional members, maintains resources for the public and the archival community, and advocate for Archives in the province.

Are you searching for archives?  Please visit MemoryBC.ca, our portal to descriptions of archival materials preserved in repositories throughout the province.

Our mission is to foster the development of the provincial archival community in order to better preserve and promote access to British Columbia's documentary heritage.  We assist the community through our Educational Advisory, Preservation, and Network Services and maintenance of the provincial catalogue (MemoryBC.ca).  See the About Us section for further details and how to contact us.

Honourary Patron: The Honourable Judith Guichon, OBC, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia

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2017-2018 DHCP application cycle now open!

"Year 3" of the Documentary Heritage Communities Program (DHCP) funding applications is now open. Applications will be accepted until January 27, 2017. Program and application details can be found at:   http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/services/documentary-heritage-communities-program/pages/dhcp-portal.aspx

The application cycle includes some changes including a revised budget submission form, improved service response timeframe of 3 days, and the opportunity to have DHCP staff review your application if you have questions in Oct/Nov.

Don't forget to highlight in your application how your project related to the larger community and how it will lead to greater community engagement. 

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the AABC EAS Advisor at aabc.advisor@aabc.ca or reach out to the DHCP team at:

Telephone:  819-997-0893 or 1-844-757-8035 (toll-free in Canada and the US)

Email: BAC.Contributions.LAC@canada.ca 
TTY: 613-992-6969 or 1-866-299-1699 (toll-free in Canada)


Digital Preservation Management...Best Practices vs. Reality - November 17, 2016; 10am-12:00pm (PST)

In partnership with the Irving K. Barber Centre at UBC, we are pleased to present this webcast roundtable as a follow-up to the recent 3-day workshop on Digital Preservation Management held at the end of October in Vancouver.

Speakers from UBC, SFU Archives and the City of Vancouver Archives will introduce us to their digital preservation projects. The work of InterPARES will also be introduced and participants from the workshop will join our conversation and discuss how they are working towards implementing what they learned to manage the digital records in their archives.

Once again we invite our membership to take part in the roundtable by joining us in person at UBC or following us on the live webcast. 

If you would like to join us in person at the roundtable, please RSVP to aabc.advisor@aabc.ca by Monday, November 14. We will be meeting in the Lillooet Room (Rm 301), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. Please arrive by 9:50am.

The link to watch the webcast can be found at:   http://www.ikebarberlearningcentre.ubc.ca/aabc-take-part-in-the-digital-preservation-management-roundtable/

You can participate by sending in questions and comments online by:

  • Twitter using the hashtag #dpmbc16 
  • Sending an email to "aabc.advisor@aabc.ca"


Managing Archival Photographs

Registration is now open for the AABC's distance education course "Managing Archival Photographs". The course runs January 9 - March 20, 2017. For more details and how to register online, see the full description here.

Please note: course registration is now full as of November 7, 2016. No further registrations are being accepted at this time. If you would like your name added to the wait list in the advent someone cancels their registration, please contact the EAS Advisor at aabc.advisor@aabc.ca.


Lecture on Digital Preservation

The Archives Association of British Columbia, with funding from the Documentary Heritage Communities Program, is pleased to announce a free lecture, "Digital Preservation in Action: Building Sustainable Programs and Effective Workflows," by Dr. Nancy McGovern and Kari Smith. The lecture will be  Thursday October 27th at 10.30am at St Ann's Academy Auditorium in Victoria.

For more information, go to the  full listing for this event



Digital Preservation Management Workshop

The Archives Association of B.C. is pleased to announce that it will be holding the 3-day version of the Digital Preservation Management Workshop (http://www.dpworkshop.org/) this October in Vancouver with funding from the Documentary Heritage Communities Program. 

For more information, go to the listing for the Digital Preservation Management Workshop


Posted: November 28, 2016

Adjunct Professor-UBC SLAIS (Vancouver, BC) Job Posted

SLAIS the iSchool@ubc will offer a number of part-time Adjunct teaching appointments for the academic year 2017-2018.

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Posted: November 28, 2016

Archivist- Gitga’at First Nation (Hartley Bay, BC) Job Posted

Gitga’at First Nation is recruiting for an Archivist Position, on a short term (3 month) contract basis. This contract may be extended to a long term contract, dependent on funding. Reporting directly to the Lead Negotiator with a dotted reporting line to the Director of Lands and Marine Services, the Archivist works with Gitga’at First Nation (GFN) to collect, record, preserve, retain and conserve archives of the Gitga’at First Nation.

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Posted: November 28, 2016

Senior Specialist, Information Stewardship, Policy and Standards- Island Health (Victoria, BC) Job Posted

Island Health is seeking a Senior Specialist, Information Stewardship, Policy and Standards in Victoria, BC. As the Senior Specialist, in collaboration with the Director, you are responsible to lead the development and enhancement of strategic and operational plans that continuously improve and integrate the Information Stewardship, Access & Privacy (ISAP) vision and mandate into the practice and culture of the organization, while preserving alignment with IM/IT and organizational strategic direction for excellence in care and service.

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Posted: October 27, 2016

Head of Special Collections and Rare Books-Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, BC) Job Posted

This position will appeal to an individual interested in developing and implementing a vision for Special Collections and Rare Books that anticipates and addresses emerging trends in acquisition, curation, access, digitization and preservation in an increasingly diverse and complex environment.  This environment will also include opportunities to participate in research and teaching activities both within the Library and in collaboration with faculty.  It will be attractive to those who are highly motivated to provide innovative and responsive services to faculty, students and the public, and have the ability to position Special Collections and Rare Books as a prominent and unique centre for SFU scholarship and community engagement.

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Posted: October 06, 2016

Intern-Royal Roads University (Victoria, BC) Job Posted

The intern will first conduct a general inventory of the permanent collection, gaining contextual understanding of the collection while identifying any immediate conservation needs. After the intern has a clear concept of the material, they will conduct a detailed description of each of the artefacts using the Parks Canada Classification System and the CHIN data dictionary.

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