UTL Archivists find Archivatopia at ACA Conference

UTL archivists from the University of Toronto Archives (UTARMS) and the Media Commons participated in the Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA) 39th annual conference in Victoria, BC, June 23-27.

Following the conference theme of 'Archivatopia', archivists from across Canada and around the world gathered to define their 'archival Utopia', their ideal future for archives and archivists. Loryl MacDonald, University Archivist and President of the ACA (2011-2014), delivered the opening plenary on the future of the Canadian archival system. Rachel E. Beattie, Assistant Media Archivist at Media Commons, presented a paper on copyright in orphan works, through the lens of her work with the Colin Geddes Collection of commercial films from Hong Kong. In addition, Tys Klumpenhouwer and Karen Suurtamm, archivists at UTARMS, participated in TAATU, ACA’s Technology Unconference, where they were able to collaborate and skill share with other archivists tackling the issue of the preservation of born-digital records.

Former recent UTL graduate student assistants, Robb GilbertSean HayesJames Roussain, and Emily Sommers also attended the conference. UTL archivists even made valiant efforts in the legendary annual ACA East – West baseball game. We won’t divulge who won- other than stating that there is always next year!

UTL’s archivists are grateful for the library’s support of their professional development and are excited to bring their inspiration and new knowledge back to their daily work.