Building Cohesion and Community across the Generations: An Evening of Conversation for Archivists & Allied Professionals

Earlier this month the AMA, ACA, and ACA Student Chapter organized an evening during which entry-level and underemployed archivists were brought together in conversation with experienced archivists and allied professionals to discuss the building of meaningful careers. We were pleased to hear from Karen Meelker, Carole Boily and Carol Garnham as they shared perspectives, stories, and insights gained through their careers in the areas of access and privacy, archival consultancy, and records management.

Karen Meelker is the Access and Privacy Officer/Coordinator at the University of Manitoba’s Access and Privacy Office, part of the Office of Fair Practices and Legal Affairs. Karen earned her Bachelor of Science Honours degree from Brandon University, and is a distinguished graduate of the University of Alberta’s Information Access and Protection of Privacy Program, and was awarded the Privasoft award for superior academic achievement in the program. Prior to joining the University in 2011, Karen worked as a Senior Policy Analyst specializing in access to information issues for the Information and Privacy Policy Secretariat for the Government of Manitoba.

Carol Garnham is a board director for the Winnipeg Chapter of ARMA International. She is the Regional Information and Communication Technologies Lead for Southern Health-Santé Sud and is currently working on a regional Information Reproduction and Transmission Project. In her previous role as Regional Internal Portal Service Manager with the health authority, she focused on provisioning an Internal Portal Service, Regional Policy program, and Web Conferencing to the region. Carol holds a professional designation as a Certified Records Manager.

Carol brings over 25 years of experience in initiating and developing information governance frameworks including guides, procedures and other tools to enhance training, development and usability in the areas of enterprise content management, process improvement, and collaboration. She has been referred to as “before her time” more than once in terms of the initiatives undertaken to position her employer to implement methods to manage intellectual property, translate knowledge and build capacity, occasionally resulting in some visible bumps and bruises along the way.

Carole Boily is an archival consultant here in Winnipeg. Carole began working in Archives at the St. Boniface Historical Society in the early 1980’s quite by accident. However this “accidental archivist” has been working with, learning about, and enjoying archives ever since.

Mary Horodyski, Danna Slessor-Cobb, Kevin Palendat

Mary Horodyski, Danna Slessor-Cobb, Kevin Palendat

Sarah Gauntlett, Amanda Linden, Sarah Ramsden

Sarah Gauntlett, Amanda Linden, Sarah Ramsden

Karen Meelker, Carol Garnham, Carole Boily

Karen Meelker, Carol Garnham, Carole Boily

Leesha Cowan, Holly McElrea, Chantel Banman

Leesha Cowan, Holly McElrea, Chantel Banman

Carole Boily, Sarah Story

Carole Boily, Sarah Story

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Petra Lundy, Chris Zaste

Petra Lundy, Chris Zaste

Thomas Nesmith, Ala Rekrut

Thomas Nesmith, Ala Rekrut

Nicole Courrier, Jessica Nichol, Petra Lundy, Sarah Story

Nicole Courrier, Jessica Nichol, Petra Lundy, Sarah Story

Shelley Sweeney, Jessica Nichol, Nicole Courrier

Shelley Sweeney, Jessica Nichol, Nicole Courrier

Heather Beattie

Heather Beattie

AMA Grant Writing Workshop

A reminder that the deadline to register for the AMA Grant Writing Workshop —to be held Wednesday, 28th January— is Friday, January 23rd. Pat Hardy from The Tunnelwood Group will lead the workshop, which will take place at the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and Museum – Conference Room A, located at 145 Pacific Avenue in Winnipeg.

Thesis Editing Sessions

New for 2015, UMACA will be holding thesis editing sessions at coffee shops spread across our fair town. The inaugural event is taking place at MAKE/ Coffee + Stuff this Saturday, January 10th from 9am to noon. Come on down and bring a piece of writing (non-thesis materials very welcome) for peer editing and feedback.

Happy New Year from your UMACA communications representatives, and best wishes for the upcoming academic year,

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ACA 2015 Student Session

A friendly reminder that the DEADLINE for the ACA Call for Student Papers is on Monday, January 12, 2015. For details, please see the ACA 2015: Perspectives on the Archival Horizon website.

We are proud of the strong papers delivered by U of M Archival Studies MA students in the past. At ACA 2012: In Search of Archival Gold, our own Mary Horodyski journeyed to Whitehorse to present her paper, “The Mediums and Their Messages: Ghostly Archives and the Spirit Cards of Hannah Mary MacPherson, 1947-1966.” Mary based this paper on the unique, mysterious and oftentimes moving records of spiritualism held at the U of M Archives & Special Collections. It showcased the “Archival Gold” we have right here in Winnipeg and Mary’s talent for well-researched and creative presentations.

Erin Acland and Mary Grace Golfo were also successful with their applications and presented at the Student Sessions in 2013 (Winnipeg) and 2014 (Victoria). As well, we have seen our students contribute papers and organize panels for the regular sessions. Well done everyone! Keep up the good work.

Spirit Card. Source: University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections, Hannah Mary MacPherson fonds, Box 1, Folder 1. Special thanks to Mary Horodyski and Tyyne Petrowski.

Spirit Card. Source: University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections, Hannah Mary MacPherson fonds, Box 1, Folder 1. Special thanks to Mary Horodyski and Tyyne Petrowski.