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My Interview as a Carleton University History Alumna

My Interview as a Carleton University History Alumna

Recently, I was interviewed by my former Professor, Dr. Shawn Graham, for the History Department newsletter at Carleton University. A copy of the interview can be found below. The original newsletter, Issue 4: The View From The 4th Floor Paterson ‘Fresh Snow’ can be read here.  Melissa J Nelson is a Carleton University History Alumna.…

Nice To (virtually) Meet You: Mentorship Advice for LIS Students and Recent Graduates

Nice To (virtually) Meet You: Mentorship Advice for LIS Students and Recent Graduates

Completing a degree is daunting. Which classes are the most useful? Which skills are your profession looking for? How can you ensure you are employable? While I was completing my Master of Information Studies degree at McGill University, the Mentorship Program from the Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA) was the only mentorship opportunity I was…

Black Lives Matter Resources for Archivists

Black Lives Matter Resources for Archivists

The killing of George Floyd has sparked a movement of anti-racist protests across the United States and around the world.[1][2] In light of this Black Lives Matter movement, Canadians have been discussing forms of institutional racism in our own nation. Archives are not disconnected from this issue. Traditional archives are directly connected to settler colonialism…

Archiving Hate: Racist Materials in Archives

Archiving Hate: Racist Materials in Archives

This post has been adapted into a presentation entitled “Archiving Hate: Legacy Descriptions and Offensive Materials in Archives.” This was presented at the Archives Association of Ontario Institutional Development Committee Symposium in October 2020 There are many issues that come with having racist materials in archival institutions. However, Information Studies and Archival Studies programs rarely…

Audio Digitization Project: The Presbyterian Church in Canada Archives

Audio Digitization Project: The Presbyterian Church in Canada Archives

The following is a reflection that was created for GLIS 689 Selected Topics. This course was offered by the School of Information Studies at McGill University in 2019. Project Overview The Presbyterian Church in Canada Archives has a collection of recorded interviews on audio cassettes that date from 1977 to 2010. The Church’s Committee on…

Audio Digitization Workflow: The Presbyterian Church in Canada Archives

Audio Digitization Workflow: The Presbyterian Church in Canada Archives

I am currently working on an audio digitization project with The Presbyterian Church in Canada Archives to fulfill the requirements for GLIS 689 Selected Topics, which is offered by the School of Information Studies at McGill University. This course allows students to explore a topic related to information studies by creating an individualized program. The…

Processing the Archives: The Presbyterian Church in Canada Archives

Processing the Archives: The Presbyterian Church in Canada Archives

This summer, I worked as a Project Archivist for The Presbyterian Church in Canada Archives. As part of my employment, I was responsible for processing the Mark Young Stark family fonds. Rev. Mark Young Stark served as the Presbyterian Minister in Ancaster, Ontario from 1833-1854 and in Dundas, Ontario from 1833 until his retirement in…

Internet Archive Collection: George Brown College Archives

Internet Archive Collection: George Brown College Archives

Last summer, I worked as an Archives Assistant – Digital Content for George Brown College Archives. In this position, I developed a collection on the Internet Archive to allow the archives to provide online access to recently digitized college newsletters, student newspapers, annual reports, yearbooks, and images. At first, I was asked to create a…

Digital Archive Project: Declassified BW Report June 1945

Digital Archive Project: Declassified BW Report June 1945

As I have previously mentioned, I am currently researching, analyzing, and annotating documents for ALPHA Education’s Digital Archive Project as a volunteer. For this project, I was asked to discuss the content and broader historical context of each document.  Annotations are also expected to connect documents to APLHA Education’s mission, which is to foster awareness of Asia’s…

“Internet History Is Fragile”: Archiving and Preserving The Web

“Internet History Is Fragile”: Archiving and Preserving The Web

“Once it’s on the internet, it’s there forever.” That is the popular sentiment. But what happens when web data has been altered or deleted, how do we access the original data? Recently, there was public outcry in response to the removal of several pages from the official White House website by the Trump administration. Pages on…

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