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 advocates 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 Education and Advisory Services Program and the Network Services Program that maintains the provincial catalogue (MemoryBC.ca). See the About Us section for further details and how to contact us.

Honourary Patron: The Honourable Janet Austin, OBC, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia

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New webinar!

ABC's of Archival Appraisal and Deaccessioning

Monday, June 15, 2020 (10:00-11:30am)

Join us for a webinar on the best practices for appraising archival records and the steps to deaccession records that do not meet your mandate. This webinar will also include an overview of the National Archival Appraisal Board (NAAB) program and the services they offer.

Cost: Free for AABC Members; Non-members $15.00 CAD

To register for this webinar go HERE


BC Museum Week: BCMA webinar, May 15, 2020

"For Future Consideration"

For nearly two months museums across the country have shut their doors due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Now as provinces prepare to reopen many museums are exploring what the future looks like for them. Join the BCMA, Jon Tupper (Art Gallery of Greater Victoria), Kate Kerr (Emily Carr House), Lisa Glandt (Archives Association of BC), and Tracy Calogheros (The Exploration Place)  for Museum Week, as we discuss the current climate our industry has found itself in and the pathways forward.

The webinar recording is available HERE.


MemoryBC webinar

The "Introduction to MemoryBC" webinar was held on April 30, 2020. Access to the recorded webinar is FREE for current AABC members (non-members $15.00).

More information about the webinar can be found HERE.


2020 AABC - ARMA VI Conference 

The 2020 AABC - ARMA Vancouver Island Joint Conference "Creative by Nature" was held on May 8, 2020. Access to the recorded conference is now available. 

More details about the conference program and a link to the event recording can be found HERE.


Workshop Announcement: CCI "Digital Preservation"

NEW DATES: October 20-21, 2020, Campbell River, BC 

The AABC is pleased to partner with the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) to bring you their dynamic 2-day Digital Preservation workshop. This workshop outlines best practices for preserving digital information. Topics covered include appropriate selection criteria for physical carriers as well as tools for taking stock of existing digital assets and for developing digital preservation policies, plans and procedures. Software and hardware solutions for digital preservation in small to medium-sized heritage institutions will be recommended. 

More information about the workshop can be found HERE


Introduction to Archival Practice distance education course

Using Laura Millar's award-winning publication Archives: Principles and Practices, students will be introduced to archival terminology & theory, best practices for managing archival records, copyright & privacy, ethics, and preserving electronic records. This course will benefit those who are new to archives, as well as staff or volunteers working in libraries, museums, records management, local government, administration, art galleries or non-profit institutions that have archival records in their holdings and would like to learn more about them.

Registration: Feb 3 - March 16, 2020

Course duration: April 20 - June 29, 2020

Course fee: AABC members: $350.00 (CAD); non-members ($500.00 (CAD) plus the cost of the course textbook.

More information about the course can be found HERE


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