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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Hey! Would-you-look-at-that! The AABC is on YouTube!

In November 2016 we were excited to partner with UBC to make a 3 minute promo clip talking about archives and our DPM webcast! You can find the video here: AABC Archivists talk about Digital Preservation


The AABC and ARMA-VI are pleased to announce an update on location for the joint conference.  Program information and registration fees for the conference and workshop will be available soon. 


"Dominion of the Digital"

AABC/ARMA VI Joint Conference

 April 27-28, 2017, Victoria, B.C.

Venue:  The University of Victoria

Thursday, April 27: The AABC will offer a one-day workshop "Records Management 101" hosted at the McPherson Library/Mearns Centre for Learning, UVic.

Friday, April 28: A series of presentations and poster sessions where the archival and records management communities share their understanding of the challenges of, and solutions for, achieving dominion over the digital, from an individual, organizational, provincial and/or national perspective. The conference sessions will take place at UVic's Cadboro Commons. 

The AABC Annual General Meeting will take place at the end of the conference.  

To find out more about conference sponsorship and trade table opportunities, please contact the conference co-chairs, Jane Morrison, AABC rep (jmorriso@uvic.ca) or Chance Dixon, ARMA-VI rep (cdixon@viewroyal.ca ).


"Talking with First Nations Archives" webcast roundtable - February 23, 2017 

The Archives Association of British Columbia (AABC) is pleased to present the webcast roundtable "Talking with First Nations Archives" on Thursday, February 23, 2017.

Colleagues who work in local First Nations Archives, Resource Centres and in Records Management programs will share with us their experiences establishing archives, their role in facilitating access to records, and issues and concerns they encounter on a daily basis.

Once again we invite our membership to take part in the roundtable by joining us in person (at UBC) or by following us online and viewing the live web broadcast. Please note the following details to watch and participate online:

Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm (Pacific Standard Time)
To watch the webcast live:  http://ikblc.ubc.ca/aabc-talking-with-first-nations-archives
To ask a question via email, please send your comments to: aabc.advisor@aabc.ca
To ask a question via Twitter, please use the hashtag: #BCFNArchives


Managing Archives

Registration is now open for the AABC's distance education course "Managing Archives". The course runs April 3 - June 12, 2017. For more details and how to register online, see the full description here


- Call for 2017 Conference Proposals - "Dominion of the Digital"

Planning for the joint AABC / ARMA Vancouver Island Conference is now underway. The conference will take place April 27-28, 2017 in Victoria, BC. More information can be found on the AABC Conference 2017 webpage.


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: February 16, 2017

Records Management Coordinator-City of Victoria (Victoria, BC) Job Posted

Supports the development, implementation and maintenance of a centralized corporate Records Management Program. Under the Deputy City Clerk help provide leadership in the development of recordkeeping standards, policies and procedures, ensure compliance and develop and implement a training program. 

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Posted: February 16, 2017

Executive Director- Association of Canadian Archivists (Ottawa,ON) Job Posted

The Executive Director (ED) is empowered to act on behalf of the ACA Board and the association within the parameters of the Association General Bylaw, established policy and procedures, the annual budget and financial practices. The ED is a non-voting officer of the association and non-voting ex officio member of committees, councils, task forces, and other member groups as requested by the ACA President and Board of Directors.

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Posted: January 16, 2017

Records and Information Clerk-BC Housing (Burnaby, BC)

Reporting to the Manager, Records & Information Privacy, the Records & Information Clerk provides technical assistance and training to BC Housing staff to ensure compliance with the Records Management Program. The position maintains and supports Records and Information management systems; administers the classification, storage, retrieval and destruction of records; and performs other activities including scanning projects and assisting the Records & Information Assistant with various administrative and records management related duties.

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