2024 CNSA Conference

CNSA 2024 Conference

May 16-17, 2024, in Halifax (Akins Room, Nova Scotia Archives) and online via Zoom

This two-day conference is all about disaster preparedness with presentations by folks near and far who have weathered disasters, plus advice and tips for protecting your holdings. We’ll also hold the CNSA’s Annual General Meeting, the 2024 CNSA Members Awards ceremony, and a celebration of this past year’s graduates of our Archival Certificate Program!

Conference Schedule

Read Presenter Bios here

Thursday, May 16

9:30Check-In & Refreshments
10:00-10:15Welcome & Opening Remarks 
10:15-11:152024 CNSA Annual General Meeting
And what the CNSA’s planning for 2024-2025!
11:15-11:30Refreshment Break
11:30-12:00CNSA’s Disaster Recovery Kit for Archives & Heritage Organizations
12:00-1:30Lunch Break (provided)
Sponsored by the Nova Scotia Archives
1:30-4:30What’s Next? An introductory workshop on disaster recovery for archival materials  

Instructor: Julia Landry (aka The Paper Lady) Julia’s bio

20 participants – CNSA members only (registration is now closed)

This hands-on workshop will focus on some of the issues that affect items commonly found in archival collections – documents, photographs, maps, bound volumes, etc. – when it comes to disaster salvage and recovery. 

A common denominator in disaster recovery is water. More often than not, archival materials will be wet and dirty, and they can be difficult to handle without causing further damage. Salvage tools, materials, supports, and handling techniques for paper-based items will be discussed and demonstrated. Participants will work in teams and become familiar with handling wet documents and materials. 

All supplies needed will be provided including gloves, goggles, and plastic aprons. We recommended that you bring waterproof footwear, as things could get messy! 

This workshop is made possible by funding from the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage.

Friday, May 17

9:00-9:30Check-In & Refreshments
9:30-10:30Weathering the Storms, Part I…
Presenter bios
Fires: Andrea Davis, Executive Director, Black Loyalist Heritage Centre
Floods: Joanne Boudreau, President, Fultz House Corner Restoration Society
The Future: Anna Jamieson, CLIMAtlantic
10:30-10:45Refreshment Break
10:45-12:15Preventative Measures…
Presenter bios
Collections Protection: Thea Wilson Hammond, Executive Director, Memory Lane Heritage Village & Eastern Shore Archives
Digital Protection: Heather Walker, Collections Coordinator, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
Heritage Sites: Emma Lang, Executive Director, Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia
Resilient Communities: Mimi O’Handley, Wetlands and Water Coordinator, Ecology Action Centre
12:15-1:15Lunch Break (provided)
Sponsored by the Advisory Board of the Public Archives of Nova Scotia
1:15-1:45Presentation of CNSA Members Awards & Archival Certificates
1:45-2:30Weathering the Storms, Part II…
Presenter bio
Irene Kerr, Director/Curator, Museum of the Highwood, High River, Alberta
2:30-2:45Refreshment Break
2:45-3:30What Else Could Go Wrong…
Presenter bios
Pests: Jill Baron, Conservator, Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute
Mould: Christine Hines, Curator, Shearwater Aviation Museum
3:30-3:45Closing: Self Care

2024 CNSA Conference Sponsors

Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage
Nova Scotia Archives