Learning RAD with MemoryNS, June 19-22, 2023 – CNSA Members


Learning RAD with MemoryNS will take place online from June 19-22, 2023, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm (Atlantic) each day.

Registration is open to CNSA members in good standing. (Not a member but want to take the course? Contact us!) Members are also eligible for Group Rates, which are automatically applied when you add more than one registration to your cart.

  • $100 per person for 2-4 employees/volunteers from a member organization
  • $75 per person for 5+ employees/volunteers from a member organization

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We describe our archival records and create finding aids so that researchers can more easily access our archival holdings. Many Canadian archivists use the Canadian standard, Rules for Archival Description – known as RAD – for creating descriptions. This course introduces and explains the rules of RAD. It also explains how the internet and online portals like MemoryNS and AtoM (which is the basis of MemoryNS) changed how we use RAD today: it has become what some call ‘RAD-ish’. Through lectures, in-class activities including adding content to MemoryNS, students will learn the practical uses of RAD in descriptions and finding aids.

RAD (2008 version) is available online as a PDF. It can be downloaded for free from the Canadian Council of Archives website.

This course is taught by the CNSA’s Memory Support Specialist, Lisa Snider, and is part of the CNSA Archival Certificate Program.

Learning Method

This course is taught online across four half-day sessions. Learning is done through a combination of webinar, personal reading, and practical exercises. If you have your own descriptions and/or finding aids, bring them to class to use as examples.


Arrangement and Description OR or working knowledge of archival fonds arrangement. No prior knowledge of MemoryNS is needed.