International Council on Archives: Section on University and Research Institution Archives Conference

The International Council on Archives: Section on University and Research Institution Archives Conference taking place at the University of Alberta, July 12-16.

Attending this conference may be of interest to many of you who are interested in a synergistic relationship between archives, libraries and the research community.

Registration and program information is available below.

On behalf of Margaret Law, University of Alberta Libraries
Bryan Corbett, University of Alberta Bruce Peel Special Collections Library

Registration including information on the program, speaker biographies, accommodation, bursaries and Visa requirements is now open at for the

International Council on Archives: Section on University and Research Institution Archives (SUV)

Conference 2011

12-16 July 2011, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

The theme is Best Foot Forward: Inreach and Outreach for Archivists. In addition to their external role of service to research communities, the familiar role of providing institutional accountability and transparency, and the somewhat less familiar one of helping their institutions with fund-raising and visibility to the public. Given the current economic uncertainty, awareness and promotion of the critical role that academic and scientific archives can play is of growing importance for addressing both internal and external communities. Focusing on University and Research Institution Archives but not exclusively, this conference will examine current inreach and outreach activities and programmes, assessing their strengths and areas for improvement and will suggest new directions for the international archival community. Sub themes include:

1. Inreach and Outreach Activities and Programmes. What inreach activities and programmes have been implemented by archives and archivists to enhance institutional internal profile and fund-raising; what were the strategic objectives; what were its successes; what could have been done differently to have enhanced the experience and its value; how were the objectives met; who were the most important partners in ensuring success; how were outcomes and impacts measured; what lessons were learned?

2. New Directions in Inreach and Outreach. What does current research and the archival literature say on trends in these critical activities; what skills or aptitudes are needed by archives and archivists for success in this area and where and how are these skills best acquired; how do archival education programmes deal with inreach and outreach themes; have archival education programmes given inreach and outreach adequate coverage in their teachings of theory and practice?

3. Traditional Roles of Archives. How can our traditional roles in institutional accountability, transparency and memory be used to enhance institutional profile and fund-raising; how can the role of the archivist in negotiating the challenges of freedom of information, privacy concerns and intellectual property rights be used to enhance our value to our parent institutions and consequently their profile and fund- raising?

4. Integration of Archives. How can university and research institution archives integrate themselves with the basic functions of their parent institutions? How can university archives better integrate themselves into the teaching, research and community service functions of the university?. How does the archives become directly involved in teaching, research and institutional administrative functions and the recruitment of new students and faculty? How can university archives support archival education programmes or courses in their institutions? How can university archives influence the way digital records-keeping is taught in computing and library science courses?

See you at the conference.


Bryan Corbett

SUV Programme Chair

University of Alberta,

Bruce Peel Special Collections Library,

B-7 Rutherford Library,

Edmonton, Alberta


T6G 2E1


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