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Archiving Hate: Racist Materials in Archives

Archiving Hate: Racist Materials in Archives

This post inspired the creation of the workshop: “Description and Access for Anti-Black Archival Materials” which was delivered at the Association of Canadian Archivists Annual Conference virtually on June 8, 2021. This workshop is available to cultural heritage institutions. If you are interested in working with me, please contact me.¬† There are many issues that…

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…

Audio Digitization Project: The Presbyterian Church in Canada Archives

Audio Digitization Project: The Presbyterian Church in Canada Archives

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 History has encouraged church congregations to conduct interviews with ministers, missionaries, and church workers to understand their experiences working for the Church. These interviews also serve as an…

Audio Digitization Workflow: The Presbyterian Church in Canada Archives

Audio Digitization Workflow: The Presbyterian Church in Canada Archives

The Presbyterian Church in Canada Archives has a collection of recorded interviews that have been conducted with ministers, missionaries, and church workers to understand their experiences working for the church. These oral history interviews are recorded on audio cassettes and date from 1977 to 2010. The Presbyterian Church in Canada Archives has agreed to work…

Playing The Past: Gaming As Public History

Playing The Past: Gaming As Public History

When I first came across the above quote, it made me think back to several successful video games that have been marketed as “historical games,” and really question the accuracy of their¬†historical narratives. As Whitaker explained, many games that are marketed as historical games, even as historical fiction, are disconnected¬†from historical scholarship. As I am…

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…

“Editing As Activism”: Fighting Bias and Misinformation On Wikipedia

“Editing As Activism”: Fighting Bias and Misinformation On Wikipedia

This post reflects on a Wikipedia lecture and workshop that took place at McGill University. Before this lecture, It had never occurred to me that Wikipedia was a powerful source of information. My education had conditioned me to dismiss Wikipedia as unreliable, and assume that it had no real effect on public knowledge. However, globally…

Home Movie Preservation: Westmount Public Library

Home Movie Preservation: Westmount Public Library

What is a Home Movie? Home movies are amateur films that capture private moments that are not available on commercially produced films. This type of film making usually concerns itself with aspects of family life, such as family reunions, personal vacations, celebrity sightings, and community events. In recent years, amateur film and film making have…

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…

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