General Reference

Archivist’s Toolkit – clearinghouse of links and resources for basic archival management, maintained by the Archives Association of British Columbia.

A Manual for Small Archives – Archives Association of British Columbia

Code of Ethics for Archivists in Canada – professional guidelines from the Association of Canadian Archivists.

Copyright Act – federal legislation.

Dictionary of Archival Terminology – dictionary of terms drawn primarily from the professional literature in the United States and Canada, maintained by the Society of American Archivists.

Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPOP) – Nova Scotia Department of Justice


Deeds of Gift – what donors should know: information pamphlet published on-line by the Society of American Archivists.


Canadian Council of Archives Facebook Page

Canadian Council of Archives – News and Events

A Heritage Strategy for Nova Scotia: 2008 – 2013

Finding Your Member of Parliament (federal)

Directory of NS Legislative Assembly – lists members in alphabetical order by name

CCA’s Advocacy Kit – definitions, what you can do, stories on the impact of archives


National Archival Appraisal Board – provides appraisal services for donations of archival records to Canadian cultural institutions

Archival Associations

Association of Canadian Archivists

Canadian Council of Archives – includes links to other provincial and territorial councils.

International Council on Archives

Society of American Archivists

Association of Moving Image Archivists

Association of Records Managers and Administrators (ARMA International) – Nova Scotia Chapter

Archives Online

Archives Canada – national archival descriptions database

Canadian Council of Archives – Directory of Archives

Council of Nova Scotia Archives – List of Members (Map)

ArchiviaNet – Library and Archives Canada

Nova Scotia Archives  (NSA)


Atlantic Regional Group – listing of professional conservators for hire in Atlantic Canada.

Canadian Association of Professional Conservators (CAPC-ACRP) – how to choose, member directory


Foxnet Computer Consultancy – Computer equipment and IT training throughout Nova Scotia, discounts available for CNSA members.

A.L. Arbic Consulting – Planning and facilitation for not-for-profit and public sectors.
tel: (902) 420-1683

See also list of Suppliers below.


CCA Information Bulletins on Copyright – how to get copyright permission, effects on donor agreements, copying for research and more.

Copyright Act – the official Canadian legislation and related regulations

Creative Commons licensing regime – for non-commercial publication of works under copyright (requires copyright holder’s permission)

Protection of Folklore by Copyright – UNESCO Copyright Policy 2015


Basic RAD – An introduction to the preparation of fonds- and series-level descriptions, Saskatchewan Council for Archives and Archivists.

Rules for Archival Description – (RAD) from Canadian Council of Archives


Standards and Guidelines for Digitization – Canadian Council of Archives

Creating and Managing Digital Content – “Capture Your Collections: Small Museum Version” is an excellent place to start.

Digital Library Development – links provided by Best of the Web.

Digitizing History: A Guide to Creating Digital Resources from Historical Documents – thorough overview for planning a digitization project from the UK, written in 1999 but still relevant.

File Format Guidelines for Preservation and Long-term Access by Library and Archives Canada (LAC).

Moving Theory Into Practice: Digital Imaging Tutorial – on-line tutorial from Cornell Library.

Canadian and Nova Scotia Digital Collections Initiative

PADI – Preserving Access to Digital Information subject gateway.

TASI – Technical Advisory Service for Images

Heritage Organizations

Association of Nova Scotia Museums

Province of Nova Scotia, Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage

National Film Preservation Board

Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance

Marketing & Promotion

Canadian Council of Archives’ Advocacy Kit – offers help in communicating the impact of archives to funding bodies and the public.

Digital Engagement Framework – tools and worksheets for developing and implementing digital engagement strategies for your organization.

Folklife and Fieldwork: A Layman’s Introduction to Field Techniques by Peter Bartis (1979); revised 2002 (The American Folklore Center)

Documenting Maritime Folklife: An Introductory Guide by David A. Taylor, Library of Congress Washington 1992 Publications of the American Folklife Center, no. 17.


ANSI/NISO Standard – for Environmental Conditions for Exhibiting Library and Archival Materials

Biological Infestations – Chapter 5 of US National Parks Service Museum Handbook

Canadian Association for Conservation: Atlantic Regional Group – association of professional conservators for hire in Atlantic Canada.

Canadian Conservation Institute – reliable preservation information from the experts, includes CCI Notes and Technical Bulletins.

CCA Preservation Committee – preservation activities at the national level and source for preservation standards and publications.

Collection Care at the British Library, includes links to publications from the National Preservation Office (UK).

Conservation OnLine – full text library of conservation information, covering a wide spectrum of topics concerning library, archives and museum materials.

Emergency Preparedness & Response from the California Preservation Clearinghouse.

File Format Guidelines for Preservation and Long-term Access by Library and Archives Canada (LAC).

Northeast Document Conservation Centre – provides an excellent on-line preservation course as well as technical information, advice and links to further resources.

The Permanence and Care of Color Photographs by Henry Wilhelm – classic reference book, available for free download by chapter.


CLIR’s Archival Management Software by Lisa Spiro, Jan 2009 – describes and analyzes some of the major technologies that are available to librarians, curators, and archivists


Carr McLean – Canadian archival supplies. Contact our Archives Advisor for discounts available for CNSA members.

Lines n’ Curves (formerly BFB Sales Ltd.) – Canadian distributor of University Products.

University Products – American archival supplies.

Light Impressions – American archival supplies.

Directory of Archival Suppliers

See also Consultants above