Annual Conference 2014

At Your Service: Balancing Access and Outreach in Archives

Dates: May 29-30, 2014

Location: Nova Scotia Archives, Halifax, NS

Registration is now open! Register before May 9, 2014 for the discounted rate!

Payment options are cheque, cash, or PayPal (available with online registration only)

You can register online by filling out the form located here: Online registration

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Annual General Meeting Documents

2014 Annual General Meeting Agenda

2013 Annual General Meeting Minutes (Draft) (coming soon)

Annual Report (Coming Soon)

Proposed Constitution amendments

Motion for proposed bylaw amendments


Need ideas about where to stay, eat, and park? Check out the following documents:

Places to Stay

Places to Eat

Places to Park


Draft program (subject to change):

Day 1 Thursday May 29, 2014
8:30-9:00  a.m. Registration and Coffee
9:00-9:15 a.m. Welcome
9:15-10:00 a.m. Outreach for Them or Outreach for Us?

Presenter: Sara Janes, ACA Outreach coordinator and archivist at The City of Thunder Bay Archives

There remains a division between the people who easily know about, discover, and navigate archives online and offline, and those who don’t have the awareness or skills. The challenge is to raise the ambient awareness that archives exist, that we provide services, that we can help, and to do this must look at traditional and non-traditional channels. This presentation will draw on personal project-based experience.


10:00-10:30 a.m. What the Fonds??: Unanticipated Results of Using Social media as a Tool for Archival Access and Outreach

Presenter: Brett Lougheed, Archivist, University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections


10:30-11:00 a.m.  Using Social Media Tools for Access and Outreach in Archives

Presenter: Victoria Castle, Online Marketing Officer, Department of Communities, Culture, and Heritage

11:00 – 11:15 a.m. Refreshment Break (sponsored by Preservation Technologies)
11:15am-11:45 a.m. Update from the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage

Presenter: Rhonda Walker, Executive Director, Archives, Museums and Libraries, Department of Communities, Culture, and Heritage


11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Update from the Association of Nova Scotia Museums: 2015 Archives, Libraries and Museums Conference

Presenter: Anita Price, Managing Director, Association of Nova Scotia Museums

12:15-1:15 p.m. Annual General Meeting Over Catered Lunch

Chair: Catherine Arseneau, CNSA President

Hear updates from the CNSA Executive and Committees and vote on the 2014-2015 budget and nominations.


1:15 – 2:00 p.m. Renewing the CNSA: CNSA Renewal and Sustainability Committee (RASC) Update and Break-out Sessions

Presenters and facilitators: Hansel Cook (Chair of RASC), various members of RASC


2:00-2:30 p.m. Meet MemoryNS: A demonstration of the new CNSA catalogue, followed by a Q&A session

Presenters: Creighton Barrett, Dalhousie University, and Karen White, Nova Scotia Archives (Archway Committee Chair)


2:30-2:45 p.m. Refreshment Break
2:45-3:30 p.m. Funding for increased Access and Outreach: MAP Program and Canada Cultural Spaces Fund

Presenters: Mern O’Brien, Department of Canadian Heritage and Peter Crowell, Municipal Archivist and Historian, Argyle Township and Courthouse Archives.


3:30-4:30 p.m. Archives Patrons Panel: Hearing From our Users

Presenters: Eric Favaro (educational consultant), Bruce MacNab (author), Dr. Allan Marble (author and President of Geanological Association of Nova Scotia), Nathaniel Smith (genealogist and blogger)


4:30-6:30 p.m. Wine and Cheese banquet

Awards presentation

Sponsored by the Public Archives of Nova Scotia Board of Trustees


Day 2 Friday May 30, 2014
8:30-9:00 a.m. Registration and Coffee
9:00-9:15 a.m. Welcome
9:15-10:00 a.m. A Place of Questions

Presenter: Wendy Robicheau (Esther Clark Wright Archives, Acadia University)

Topic: Academic Outreach at Acadia University


10:00-10:15 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:15-11:15 a.m. Ignite/TED-style talks – Members (quickly) tell us about your Access/Outreach successes!

Presenters:  Heather Harkins, Katherine MacLeod (Nova Scotia Highland Village), Sunday Miller (Executive Director, Africville Museum), Joanne McCarthy O’Leary (Reference Librarian, Halifax Public Libraries)

For more details, or if you would like to participate with a short presentation about your access / outreach success, contact

11:15-12:00 p.m. “Striking a Balance”: Reproductions, Fees and Policies

Catherine Arseneau (Manager at Beaton Institute, Cape Breton University), Patti Bannister (Manager of Nova Scotia Archives), Joanne McCarthy O’Leary (Reference Librarian, Halifax Public Libraries)

12:00-1:00 p.m. Catered Lunch Provided


1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Update from the Renewal and Sustainability Committee: Analysis and briefing from the break-out sessions from Day 1.

Presenter: Hansel Cook, Chair of RASC

1:30 – 2:15 p.m. New Graduates Panel – Access and Outreach

Presenters: Alison Froese Stoddard, MLIS Candidate (Community Engagement and Archives), Heather Harkins (Digital Humanities for Beginners).

2:15-3:15 p.m. Social Media Afternoon: Member Q&A

Panel: Karin Kierstead (Association of Nova Scotia Museums), Lauren Oostveen (Department of Communities, Culture, and Heritage),   Sarah Nicholson (Beaton Institute, Cape Breton University), Katherine MacLeod (Nova Scotia Highland Village)

Bring your questions from Brett and Victoria’s presentations on Day 1 and let our panelists offer practical tips and advice!

3:15-3:30 p.m. Closing remarks