The AABC is pleased to present a series of webinars in order to provide education on a range of issues and themes to support the professional development for our members and colleagues in the heritage sector. Webinars can range from 1.0 - 2.0 hours long and offer structured speaker presentation(s) followed by a moderated discussion of participant questions.

If you have a topic that may be suitable for a Webinar, please contact the EAS Coordinator at aabc.advisor@aabc.ca.

Note: Webinars will be presented using the Zoom webinar platform. In order to ensure security during the webinars, access will only be provided to participants who pre-register for the event. The AABC will maintain an up-to-date Zoom account and will install security updates as they are provided by Zoom. The Zoom webinar platform may be blocked by some institutional firewall settings on your computer. Please contact your IT Department if you are not sure if you can access the webinar.

Zoom is a free software to use and does not need to be downloaded to participate in an event. However, participants may find browsing functionality is easier through the downloaded Zoom application on their computer, tablet or phone. To learn more about Zoom and user features, please visit their website.

Webinar Registration 

  • AABC Members: Free (Institutional Members may register up to 3 staff members for no charge)
  • Non-members: $15.00 (online payment at time of registration, VISA or MasterCard only)

Registration Refund Notice

Upcoming Webinars: 2021-2022 Schedule

  • October 12, 2021; 10:00 - 11:30am PST
Introduction to MemoryBC: Have you used MemoryBC before and want a refresher? Or are you brand new to it and want to learn more? Use AtoM and need a refresher? Lisa Snider, the AABC MemoryBC Coordinator, will be presenting this 1.5 hour virtual workshop that will cover the basics.

The webinar will be focused on the front end search and site categories, and then will move to the back end to look at how to add an authority record and add a draft of an archival description. The MemoryBC Coordinator will answer all your questions about using MemoryBC (and AtoM). Please join us! No technical knowledge required.

Lisa Snider has worked with AtoM since 2010. Since 2016, she has been the Archives Association of British Columbia MemoryBC Coordinator and Archives Association of Ontario Archeion Coordinator. She has also been the Interim Archives Advisor and MemoryNS Coordinator, and is the current MemoryNS Coordinator for the Council of Nova Scotia Archives.

Previously Recorded Webinars

Access to previously recorded webinars is available to current AABC members for free. Non-members may also access the webinars for $15.00 (price per individual webinar recording). 

Please contact aabc.advisor@aabc.ca for more information.  

The following previously recorded webinars are available for viewing:

Genealogy Research Tips and Resources 

(June 28, 2021)

Webinar description: Join the AABC and our panel of speakers to talk about genealogy research and resource tips! Speakers from the City of Surrey Archives, Vancouver Public Library, and Library and Archives Canada (Vancouver office) will share some of their experiences and strategies when working with researchers, popular collections for genealogy research, and tips for using LAC resources both in person and online. This webinar will support the work of archivists, historical researchers, and librarians providing assistance to the public but also for staff research. 

Privacy 101: Managing Personal Information in Collections 

(July 29, 2020)

Webinar description: Join the AABC & BCMA for this cross-themed webinar. Cultural heritage professionals have a mandate to protect records and information, while promoting their accessibility and use. Although these two mandates seem contradictory, there are ways forward that balance privacy and access. This webinar will present an approach to managing personal information in cultural heritage collections. It will present an overview of basic privacy principles, outline factors to consider when releasing information, and describe tools that can be used to ensure personal information is released in compliance with legal and ethical considerations. 

Setting Up Your Archives 

(July 8, 2020)

Webinar description: Join the AABC & BCMA for this cross-themed webinar presented for non-Archivists including Curators, Librarians, Records Managers and Volunteers who have been tasked to set up an Archives but don’t know where to start! This webinar will present an overview of archival principles and policy development; basic archival supplies that you’ll need; steps to complete a successful global collection assessment (aka how to prioritize dealing those boxes filled with stuff); storage conditions and access considerations. 

ABC's of Archival Appraisal & Deaccessioning 

(June 15, 2020)

Webinar description: Join the AABC for a webinar on 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. 

Introduction to MemoryBC (April 30, 2020)

Webinar description: Have you used MemoryBC before and want a refresher? Or are you brand new to it and want to learn more? Use AtoM and need a refresher? This workshop will go over all the basics: search, categories, clip board and use of MemoryBC by archivists and researchers. The second part will show you how to log in, add an authority record and add a draft of an archival description. We will also discuss digital objects, bulk uploads, taxonomies, etc., and the MemoryBC Coordinator will answer all your questions about using MemoryBC (and AtoM). 


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