Archives Association of British Columbia and ARMA Vancouver Island Chapter

2020 Joint Conference “Creative by Nature”

May 7-8, 2020 @ Royal Roads University – 2005 Sooke Road, Victoria, BC V9B 5Y2


Call for Proposals

The AABC and ARMA Vancouver Island are pleased to be holding a joint conference in 2020. We are seeking proposals on the topic of “Creative by Nature”, exploring the creativity and innovation that archivists and records managers must bring to a rapidly changing world.

Using the beautiful natural setting of Royal Roads University as inspiration, we ask how archivists and records managers find opportunities to employ resourcefulness amid the current, challenging landscape of rapid climate change, fake news and the transformation of the modern economy and workplace. How do we continue to grow our collections and services, weed out the inefficiencies, and tend to what really matters? What benefits might there be in embracing “organic recordkeeping” and what nurturing does that require from records managers?

The AABC and ARMA Vancouver Island invite the archives and records management communities to explore these questions. We encourage submissions from individual, organizational, provincial and/or national perspectives. This conference seeks diverse approaches to the theory and practice of creativity and innovation in archives and records management. Proposals should demonstrate a connection to the conference theme "Creative by Nature" through consideration of the following suggested topics:

  • Nurturing unique and distinct collections – valuing what makes us special
  • How does your garden grow? Leveraging social media, and other outreach ideas
  • Mobilizing the GLAMR community (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums, Records)
  • Ethical access and culturally sensitive collections
  • Digital repositories and imaging practices
  • Records Management and AI/machine learning
  • Innovative access options (loans, interactive exhibits, linked data)
  • Tackling the email management behemoth

Other topics that address the theme will also be considered.

The conference committee welcome submissions in a variety of traditional and non-traditional formats including:

  • Formal presentations (20-30 mins)
  • Panel discussions (10-15 mins)
  • Round-tables (5-7 mins)
  • Focused debates
  • Poster presentations

Submissions must include:

  • Title
  • Type and length of presentation
  • Abstract of the proposed paper or panel (max 300 words)
  • Brief bio statement(s)
  • Contact information

Submissions are due by Sunday, March 8th by email to  


Please direct questions related to the conference to:

Jenny Seeman, or Jessica Nichol,


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