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#aao19conf "unlocking the vaults": some paraphrased notes, resources, and thoughts from sessions on Indigeneity and #archives, active acquisitions through donor relations, audio-visual material, digitization, innovative tools, and municipal archives.
Resources from @CamilleCallison's workshop include:
1. CLFA TRC Report and Recommendations: librarianship.ca/wp-content/upl…
2. CLFA Indigenous Matters Committee (@imccqa)
3. @archivists_org Protocols for Native American archival materials : www2.archivists.org/groups/native-…
4. Sustainable Heritage Network (@TheSHN) sustainableheritagenetwork.org #aao19conf
Be aware of Elder fatigue and pay them appropriately for their time and knowledge (at the PhD level). Their time is valuable with increased demands for Indigenous knowledge and culture. #aao19conf
"Indigenous experts", who've monteized Indigenous knowledge, should make space for those who are Indigenous. At the same time, recognize that not all Indigenous librarians/archivists want all (or any of) their work to focus on Indigenous matters. #aao19conf
We then brainstormed 1, 1-5, and 5+ year activities to decolonize archives. #aao19conf
1 yr: connect with and start relationships with communities represented (or lacking representation) in our holdings, research/identify material, staff ( & admin) undergo cultural compentency training, expand hours beyond 9-5, create dedicated spaces, ... #aao19conf
1-5 yr: continue relationships, apply cultural protocols/copyright/traditional knowledge labels, decolonize/build robust/translated descriptions, replace dated naming/vocab/terminology, and appropriate digitize material (low bandwith/offline access), host internships #aao19conf
Learn more about traditional knowledge labels at localcontexts.org/tk-labels/ #aao19conf
5 yr : established relationships ... thats about it (i wonder why are we collectively unable to imagine 10 year goals? laziness? inability to see beyond our own perspectives?) Callison then adds continue to develop systems with hoslitic modellings for knowledge such as @mukurtu.
Karyne Holmes from LAC presents "We are here: Sharing Stories - LAC's indigenous Digital Access Project."

(Read more about project at thediscoverblog.com/tag/we-are-her….) #aao19conf
The project's thematic framework:
1. land
2. residential schools
3. advocacy and activism
Descriptive work is the most important; correct vocabularly without erasure of the item's colonial context. Project adds metadata; does not remove offensive terminology or replace inaccurate identification.

Search results include old and updated titles. #aao19conf
Looking ahead, the project looks to include published material, audiovisual material, develop resarch guides and policies, and focus on language resources and ebooks.
.@kristamccracken presented "Healing and Reconciliation through Digital Access" #aao19conf
Algoma University moved into the former residential school six months after the school closed; this legacy is unknown and intentionally forgotten. #aao19conf
"the Survivor community [...] and worked to make sure that this history wasn’t forgotten. [...] one of the main reasons the Survivors wanted to start their own community archive is because they wanted a say in how THEIR history was being told." #aao19conf
Digitization ≠ reconciliation.
1. "What is made available online and who gets to make those decisions is important."
2. What is provenance and original order through the lens of OCAP? (fnigc.ca/sites/default/…)
"digitization [...] is actually the simplest part of this project, with the much more nuanced portion of the project looking at creation of culturally appropriate metadata and working with Survivors to determine what out of the over 15,000 pages will end up online." #aao19conf
1. Ask questions -- how did records get here?
2. Make space for suvivors to tell their stories.
3. Your archives may not be the right place for these stories.
Katie Kennedy from Northumberland County Archives: Archivists were unable to answer reference requests pertaining to local history of Black and Chinese communities. Online outreach via web renewal (incl. collecting priorities) and fb page. #aao19conf
Also quoted @ArianaCurtis413 from her TEDx talk. #aao19conf
Donna Bernardo-Ceriz from the OJA stated that 'signifance' is not in their acquisiton policy bc all stories have value in her presentation "Outreach in the service of quisitions." #aao19conf
Reviewed acquisitions in the past five years to identify sources (primarily word of mouth) and high priority gaps. How can outreaach help? and how can we do this efficienctly? review effort and impact (with impact meaning new acquisitions). #aao19conf
1. high effort/low impact: social media, presentations, walking tours -- continue/spend less effort
2. low effort/high impact: community newspaper and newsletters -- reaching the same audiences
3. high effort/high impact: direct cold calls, exhibitions, oral histories
Aaron Hope from Archives of Ontario explaining new approach to acquisitions which started in 2017. Idea is to "plant seeds" rather than expect immediate acquisitions by raising awareness on the importance of record keeping practices and services provided by archives. #aao19conf
Michelle Lovegrove (@MsFilmLibrarian) mentions "Archival Jolt" event during her presentation: the public is invited to interact with staff as they access archival items in the TIFF's exhibit space (May 14-31). #aao19conf
.@MsFilmLibrarian and the following presentation by Dimitros Latsis mention @Counter_Archive: "a project dedicated to researching and remediating audiovisual archives created by women, Indigenous Peoples, the LGBTQ2+ community, and immigrant communities." #aao19conf
Dimitro Latsis also discussed the Ryerson MA in Film and Photograpy Preservation and Collections Management program. Latsis encourages archivists to host student placements. Former hosts are listed at ryerson.ca/graduate/ppcm/…. #aao19conf
Film preservation is a young field and in the 25+ yrs of existance there are only a few hundred sound and moving image archivists worldwide. Recommends reading history of field at synoptique.ca. #aao19conf
Also check out the @fiaf1938 Film Restoration Summer School
resources at fiafnet.org/pages/Training…. #aao19conf
.@jaywyoung's "stream on" presentation exemplified the resuscitation of a social media account which was created in 2007, dormant from 2011 to 2015, and recently expanded to provide access to over 130 digitized videos. #aao19conf
Outreach via youtube (youtube.com/user/ArchivesO…) also fed into the creation of a giphy account (giphy.com/archivesontario). #aao19conf
Selection criteria : previously digitized films, copyright (transferred, expired, or permitted), prominent and lesser known SMI collections, diversity (geographic, subject, and community), relation to monthly social media themes, cultural sensitivity, & french language #aao19conf
Outreach for archival material via YouTube is very time consuming considering the need to watch hours of material for selection, digitization, description, etc. #aao19conf
Alyssa Gomori discusses the very complicated 3 year project digitizing and describing Tweedsmuirs books across the province (approx. 280,000 files/2300 GB). See fwio.on.ca/fwio-digital-c…. #aao19conf
Grant application chose to have vendor pick up material from across the province (approx. $1/page fees) rather than purchase equipment due to small staff and geographical distance. #aao19conf
Emma Carey at Braeside Archives used a vendor to digitize and OCR community newspaper. #aoo19conf
Sandra Kiemele at the @DundasMuseum archives did not have equipment to access material. Used @LibraryArchives DCHP grant to purchase a proscan microfilm scanner, epson perfection v850 pro scanner, and to hire and pay the salary of an assistant to work on the project. #aoo19conf
The project also partnered with @Mac_History and Dundas Valley Historical Society to research the images for robust descriptions. #aoo19conf
Too cool! @DundasMuseum interactive map reconfigured @WordPress "restaurant review" theme for historical interpretation. Check it out at map.dundasmuseum.ca #aao19conf
I was super excited to chair the "Innovative Tools to Provide Access" session covering @IngeniumCa's open by default digital archive and touchscreens at @LibraryArchives #aao19conf
Sidenote: can someone please build an archival equilivant to the @ClevelandArt's Art Lens? #aao19conf
Marcia Mordfield started the session with the Ingenium Digital Archives which contains over 110,000+ scans and aggregated the image banks of three museums. See ingeniumcanada.org/archives. #aao19conf
The digital archive approach to "open heritage" means accession records, policies, and procedures are open by default (with the exception of sensitive and personal material). #aao19conf
With obsolete systems that could crash at any time, the migration project did not aim for perfection which could slow down access. Lower quality scans and incomplete metdata were ingested into the system to provide access and hopes to revisit the material. #aao19conf
Rebecca Murray spoke about the use of touch screen technology at @NatGalleryCan pop-up exhibit in a building (#impressionistNGC), the @LibraryofParliament exhibit in the library, and @LibraryArchives client service orientation. #aao19conf
The LOP and NGC touchscreens focused on content whereas LAC used the technology to help orient visitors to the right office at 395 Wellington. Project won a 'dragons lair' and may be the 1st time in recent memory where control is handover to employees. #aoo19conf
Project pitched "zero content creation"; underestimated time needed to develop wireframes for vendor and repurpose, rewrite, and translate content for touch screens. Six month timeline turned into nearly a year. #aoo19conf
Lessons learned: project not incorporated into workplan (difficult to make time to work on it), succession planning needed (1 remaining time member at LAC), accessibility should be incorporated in early stages of design, & system blacked out w/xmas tree plugged in! #aao19conf
Allison Brown at @CraigleithDepot discussed outreach with @BiblioBoard. Benefit includes SEO, responsive web design (mobile, tablet, etc), MARC compatibility. Disadvantages include rigid metadata fields required creativity for archival description. #aao19conf
Project not only strengthened donor relations, but increased connections with partner museums (ex: @agotoronto), magazines, etc. Community submissions not as popular as anticipated, may want to rethink their target audience (ie: ppl comfortable with tech). #aao19conf
.@harchivist presented on the @archivespama blog (peelarchivesblog.com) which was created to expand awareness and outreach beyond local area. #aao19conf
Original goals: pre-answer FAQs, allow professional development opportunities, share collections, promote what archivists do, pull back the curtain on archival labour (which they do fantastically imo!), and introduce archives to non-archivists. #aao19conf
Blog post guidelines: informal and accessible writing (with jargon defined), favour evergreen topics, envision audience beyond local, advocate and educate, honour individuality and labour, and simple technology. #aao18conf
Popular posts:

1. "About Peel": only history beyond small wiki article peelarchivesblog.com/about-peel/

2. "What do archivists do all day": posted by @ICArchiv peelarchivesblog.com/2017/05/31/why…

3. "Why don't archivists digitize everything": most popular peelarchivesblog.com/2017/05/31/why…

"dud" posts tend to be the ones with the most work (incl. focus on Indigenous research of the area) but are important and have impact (as one person can read the post and learn something). #aoo19conf
Insights: there is an appetite for behind the scene views, personalized work/writing about your interests is more compelling, start with staff strengths, and numbers isn't everything. Also not necessary to be prolific and push out content all the time. #aoo19conf
Laura Camilleri described the #archivesontheroad solution to keep the archives running while @MuseumDufferin was closed for construction. She partnered with three local libraries to provide reference services, outreach, and access to material. #aoo19conf
Note that these tweets are not summaries nor the 'most imp' part of several presentations, but information that was relevant to my interests and employment situation. Highly recommend checking out #aoo19conf for livetweets, concurrent sessions, & more fulsome information. Fin.
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