Archives Association of British Columbia Annual Conference

Access and Accountability 2018


Thank you to our membership and guests for making the 2018 conference a great success! 

The Conference Program is available for review along with the 2018 AGM package.

Copies of the speaker presentations (pdf versions) are now available. Please see the link via each session title.


Title: Access and Accountability through Collaborative Action 

Bio Statements:

• Lara Wilson is the University of Victoria Director of Special Collections and University Archivist.

• Emma Wright is the AABC Vice-President and Archives Manager at the Royal BC Museum and Archives.

Abstract: Lara Wilson will provide an update on the Steering Committee on Canada's Archives work to date. Emma Wright, member of the Response to the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Taskforce (TRC-TF), will provide further insight into the TRC Taskforce's progress and forthcoming initiatives.


Title: Challenges in balancing personal privacy in a government archives

Bio Statement:

• Claire Gilbert is an Archivist at the Royal BC Museum and Archives.

Abstract:  This presentation will consider the challenges associated with providing access to government records that contain personal information, specifically the patient records of individuals who were treated at provincially administered mental hospitals and treatment facilities from 1872-1968. Claire will discuss whether these records are being accessed to research social, economic, and medical histories; changes in mental health treatments and attitudes; the development of the Riverview Hospital; or if an increasing public interest in genealogy is driving requests for records that would be routinely destroyed in a non-public venue.


Title: The Life Changing Magic of Digitizing BC Government Records

Bio Statements:

• Marilyn Carr-Harris and Susan Hart are co-leaders of the Digitization Standards Project for the BC Government. They are members of the Government Records Service's Digital Information Strategies Team.

Abstract:  This presentation will discuss and evaluate key aspects of the recent effort to digitize BC Government records, including: project planning, the value of good design, change management methodology, and the collaborative approach. The presentation will also share stories of perplexing digitization issues and outline the technical and practice standards that underpin the project.


Title: Ethics, Community, and Access: Working with Indigenous Archives ( The Franz Boas Papers Project and the Ida Halpern Fonds)

Bio Statements:

• Angie Bain is Nlaka'pamux from Lower Nicola, BC.  She is a researcher with the Union of BC Indian Chiefs and also works on Traditional Use studies, crown land referrals, community planning and cultural heritage projects for the Lower Nicola Indian Band.  Angie a Research Associate, Volume Editor and member of the Indigenous Advisory Council on the Franz Boas Paper Project.

• Genevieve Weber is an Archivist at the Royal BC Museum and Archives. She acts as the Indigenous liaison for the BC Archives, and is the main outreach Archivist.

• Krisztina Laszlo is currently the Archivist at UBC Library Rare Books and Special Collections. 

Abstract:  As discussions around indigenous rights and issues become more commonplace in the mainstream, and especially with work around the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, archival practitioners have become more sensitive to ethical concerns around and appropriate management of First Nations materials within their repositories. This session will look at three examples that highlight initiatives around First Nations materials. Angie Bain will discuss her work as a volume editor and research associate of the Franz Boas Papers Project, highlighting the importance of First Nations involvement in the project and showing ways that her community is making use of the American Philosophical Society's collection of the Professional Papers of anthropologist Franz Boas.  Genevieve Weber will discuss initiatives at the BC Archives intended to address the concerns around cultural stewardship of archival information, focusing on consultation efforts in connection to the Ida Halpern fonds, and on-site outreach programs aimed at First Nations communities. Krisztina Laszlo will present on the Delgamuukw Trial Archives acquired by the UBC Library's Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC) in 2014. RBSC's management of this material and its responsibilities to the communities and individuals referenced in the records will be discussed.


Title: Overview of Common Approaches to Email Management

Bio Statement:

• Jill Teasley is a lead in the Analytics and Information Management consulting practice at Deloitte.

• Stephen Lazenby heads the product management and development groups at Global Relay, bringing over 16 years experience in software and business development experience to the role.

Abstract:  This session will provide an overview of common technology- and process-based approaches to enforcing records management policies for email and other types of message content. It will also highlight the pros and cons associated with each approach, including impacts on access to information, protection of privacy, eDiscovery, and long-term preservation practices.


Title: Digital Update from the University of Victoria Libraries, Special Collections, & University Archives

Bio Statements:

• Lara Wilson is the University of Victoria Director of Special Collections and University Archivist.

• Jane Morrison is the University of Victoria Associate University Archivist and current secretary of the Association of Canadian Archivists.

Abstract:  This presentation will offer an update on various initiatives relating to the management of digitized and born digital archives, including digitization partnerships, hosting and preservation services for grant funded projects, and digital preservation frameworks.


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





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