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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 other forms of institutional racism across our nation. Archives are not disconnected from this issue. White privilege and structural oppression exist in…

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…

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 had the opportunity to create a collection on the Internet Archive for the George Brown College Archives to provide online access to recently digitized college newsletters, student newspapers, annual reports, yearbooks, and images. I had been interested in creating a collection on the Internet Archive for a while, so this was a…

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

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

This post is a “Reflexive Journal” entry written to fulfill the requirements for GLIS 649 Digital Curation. It reflects on our Wikipedia lecture and workshop that took place on January 30, 2018. This course was offered as part of Master of Information Studies (MISt) at McGill University. Before this lecture, It had never occurred to…

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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