“Towards a New Blueprint for Canada’s Recorded Memory”
A National, Regional and Online Discussion
OGS President, Shirley Sturdevant, recently received the following communique from Ian E. Wilson, former Librarian and Archivist of Canada:
The leaders of the Association of Canadian Archivists, the Council of Canadian Archives, L’association des Archivistes du Quebec and the Committee on the Archival System Task Force (CAST) have been planning a special Canadian Archives Summit, to be held at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, on January 17, 2014. This is a unique opportunity for the Canadian archival community and our key partners to discuss, envision and create the archival services Canadians need and expect as we become a digital society.
The proceedings will be live streamed to 15 or 20 locations across the country where regional groups will listen to the series of 7 minute presentations and form their own discussion circles to feed ideas into the national conversation. We see this as one step in a longer term process to develop consensus and allies on the future of archival services. The proceedings will be kept live online for a month or two with a moderated discussion to allow all who are interested to voice their views; then we will prepare a report for consideration at annual meetings of various constituencies in May-June.
Genealogists and Family Historians are a key stakeholder group throughout Canada’s Archival community. As such, we have a vested interested in the future of our Archives. The OGS continues to be in close communication with the Summit’s organizing group, and will participate where opportunity permits.
Here are some links should you wish to learn more about this important Archival Summit:
The Canadian Archives Summit Program:
The Association of Canadian Archivists:
The Archives Association of Ontario: