Archives Association of British Columbia Annual Conference

Access and Accountability 2018

 Registration deadline is Monday, April 9, 2018

The Archives Association of British Columbia is pleased to announce that registration is now open for "Access and Accountability 2018", a conference aimed at examining the role of archivists and records managers in facilitating access and promoting accountability through our records and information resources.

As the technological landscape changes and provides new opportunities, how can archives and records professionals improve access to reliable records and information? What are our responsibilities concerning access? How can we involve stakeholders in making access decisions? Which practices and theories should be revisited? 

This 1-day conference will be held on Friday, April 13 in Victoria, BC at the Royal BC Museum and Archives. The AABC AGM will immediately follow at the end of the conference sessions.

The following pre-conference workshop will be held on Thursday, April 12 at the RBCM:

"Archives for GLAM Professionals"  

Do you have archival materials in your holdings but no trained Archivist on staff to manage them?

Geared for organizations that may have an archival collection as part of their Gallery, Library or Museum, this 1-day workshop will provide an introduction to archival theory and principles and how to integrate sound archival management within your existing processes and policies.

Participants will learn about appraisal, preventative preservation, storage best practices, and exhibit and access guidelines for commonly held record types such as photographs, negatives, textual records, audio-visual records, and oversize materials (maps/plans). Practical examples and solutions will be discussed throughout the day and participants are encouraged to bring their questions!

This workshop is perfect for Librarians, Curatorial staff, Directors/Board members and new-to-archives Volunteers who want to learn more.

About the Instructor: Lisa Glandt has a Master's Degree in Archival Studies and has more than 15 years working as a professional Archivist. She has worked in a range of big and small organizations including municipal government, academic archives, museum archives and for private organizations. Her "in the trenches" experience from these positions is integrated into the workshops, distance education courses, advice and archival site visits she offers as the current Education and Advisory Services (EAS) Coordinator for the AABC. 

Workshop registration note: We are pleased to offer BCLA and BCMA colleagues member rates for the workshop registration.

The Conference Commitee has prepared a Local Guide for those visiting Victoria for the first time or those interested in the sights while in town! View the Local Guide HERE.


View the Conference Program HERE


• Thursday, April 12, 2018 •

9:00am - 4:30pm   Pre-conference workshop "Archives for GLAM Professionals"


Thursday Evening Social Events - join us for some fun!

5:00 - 6:00pm   Event: Behind-the-scenes tour of BC Archives

Location: BC Archives, 655 Belleville Street, Victoria (next door to Royal BC Museum)

Cost: No cost to attend

5:00pm - late   Event: Monthly meet-up of Society of Capital Region Archives Professionals (SCRAP)

Location: Moon under Water, 350 Bay Street, Victoria

Cost: No cost to attend, pay what you order

5:15 - 7:00pm    Event: Museum Happy Hour: Fooling Around with History

Location: Royal BC Museum, 675 Belleville Street, Victoria

Cost: $10.50

• Friday, April 13, 2018 •

8:30 - 9:00am


9:00 - 9:30am 

Access and Accountability through Collaborative Action (Emma Wright/Lara Wilson)

9:30 - 10:15am

Challenges in Balancing Privacy in Government Archives (Claire Gilbert) and Holding ourselves accountable: making a case for privacy impact assessments (Alexandra Wieland)

10:15 - 10:45am


10:45 - 11:15am

The Life Changing Magic of Digitizing BC Government Records (Marilyn Carr-Harris/Susan Hart)

11:15 - 11:55am

MOU in Action: A Toolkit for the BC GLAM Sector Partners (David Alexander/Dan Collins/ Daphne Wood)

11:55 - 12:55pm


12:55 - 1:55pm

Ethics, Access and Community: Working with Indigenous Archives (Genevieve Weber, Krisztina Laszlo, Angie Bain)

1:55 - 2:40pm

Overview of Common Approaches to Email Management (Jill Teasley/Stephen Lazenby)

2:40 - 2:55pm


2:55 - 3:15pm

Digital update from UVic Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives (Lara Wilson/ Jane Morrison)

3:15 - 3:45pm

Memory BC: Updates on the BC Archival Information Network  (Lisa Glandt/Lisa Snider)

3:45 - 3:55pm

Closing remarks

4:00 - 5:00pm


5:00pm - late

Friday night social at Darcy's Pub, 1127 Wharf Street, Victoria

Speaker bios and session abstracts can be found  HERE

The 2018 AGM package can be found HERE


Pre-conference Workshop Fee (max 20 participants):

AABC/BCLA/BCMA Members = $180.00 

Non-members = $230.00

Students = $180.00

*Please note that coffee breaks will be provided for the workshop but participants must supply their own lunch. There are numerous food options near the museum and food trucks onsite. 


Conference Fee (includes lunch):

AABC/BCLA/BCMA Members = $125.00 

Non-members = $175.00

Students = $50.00


Location (workshop & conference):  Newcombe Theatre, Royal BC Museum and Archives, 675 Belleville Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 9W2

Parking: There are various options for parking listed on the RBCM website here. Bus links and cycling route is noted.

There is a short-term parking drop-off zone for people with disabilities on Belleville Street in front of the museum's main entrance.  Longer term parking for those with disabilities is available at the rear of the museum, in a Robbins pay parking lot. Please display your disability decal in both cases.

Some tips from Victoria locals:

• Robbins pay parking lot (606 Douglas Street) is the closest. Enter from Superior Street just behind the museum. Metered parking with a daily limit.

•St. Ann's Academy located nearby has parking for $7.50/day but is popular and fills up early. 

• There is parking along Menzies Street on the opposite side of the Legislature. Metered parking with a daily limit.

• There is free street parking near Beacon Hill Park, ~15 minute walk to the museum depending on where you park.

Accommodations: No accomodations have been reserved for the conference. The conference venue is in downtown Victoria, close to a number of accommodation options and price points (i.e. Empress Hotel or DoubleTree Hotel). Attendees are responsible for making their own travel/hotel arrangements for this event. 

AABC Code of Conduct:  The AABC strives to promote a safe and respectful environment for its members to learn and collaborate, and therefore does not tolerate harassment in any form. The AABC is committed to providing a harassment free environment for its members and others who participate in its conferences, events, meetings, volunteer committees, and online spaces. The full Code of Conduct can be found here.


Please contact the AABC Conference Committee, Lauren MacLean if you have any questions or you have any accommodations (eg. hard of hearing) we should be aware of. 


The Conference Planning Committee would like to thank our generous workshop and conference sponsors!





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