Announcing the Historical Reminiscents Podcast

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If you know me chances are you also know I have serious feels about podcasts.  I like them.  A lot.  For over a year I've been tossing around the idea of starting my own podcast.  I went back and forth numerous times on what to create a podcast about -  public history, fandom, or craft … Continue reading Announcing the Historical Reminiscents Podcast

Building Archival Boxes and Custom Enclosures

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Archival boxes are expensive.  Specialty archival boxes that aren't standard sizes are even more expensive.  Acid free enclosures are similarly costly and often simply don't fit all of the unusually sized items in a collection.  So, what is an archivist with a limited budget to do?  Build all the things! Hand making enclosures and boxes … Continue reading Building Archival Boxes and Custom Enclosures

Open Access and Community Engaged Research

If you follow me on Twitter you know I've been thinking a lot about the implications of paywalls on community engaged research.  My recent article, “Archival photographs in perspective: Indian residential school images of health” that is now out in the British Journal of Canadian Studies (volume 30, issue 2) is currently behind a paywall. … Continue reading Open Access and Community Engaged Research

Archival photographs in perspective: Indian residential school images of health

My latest article, "Archival photographs in perspective: Indian residential school images of health" is now out in the British Journal of Canadian Studies (volume 30, issue 2).  This article is part of a special issue edited by Evan J. Habkirk and Janice Forsyth focusing on health and the body at Canadian residential schools. Many thanks … Continue reading Archival photographs in perspective: Indian residential school images of health

Webinar: Editing Wikipedia Part Two

The recording of the final webinar of the "Wikipedia as Outreach and Activism for Canadian History" series I hosted with Jessica Knapp from Canada’s History Society is now available. I was the main presenter in this webinar  which focused on "Diving Into Wikipedia Editing Basics" and included an introduction and technical walk through of basic editing skills. … Continue reading Webinar: Editing Wikipedia Part Two

Reading: Critical Archival Studies

The most recent issue of the Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies is a special issue focusing on critical archival studies.  The issue is edited by Michelle Caswell, Ricardo Punzalan, and T-Kay Sangwand and it is completely open access. The journal issue tackles the ways in which "records and archives serve as tools for … Continue reading Reading: Critical Archival Studies

Shingwauk Historical Site Tours

Since 2010 part of my job has included providing historical site tours focusing on the history of the Shingwauk and Wawanosh Indian Residential Schools that were located on the site which now houses Algoma University. In the past few years I have been giving between 80-100 tours to a range of audiences, including : K-12, … Continue reading Shingwauk Historical Site Tours

TRC Task Force Survey on Reconciliation Action & Awareness in Canadian Archives

The Response to the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Task Force (TRC-TF) of the Steering Committee on Canada’s Archives has released its survey on reconciliation action and awareness in Canadian archives. This survey is open to all members of the Canadian archival community regardless of their role, employment status, the size of their … Continue reading TRC Task Force Survey on Reconciliation Action & Awareness in Canadian Archives

Active History Archives Theme Week

I'm overjoyed by how the Active History Archives Theme Week has come together.  This week emerged after the 'secret archives' new story and the subsequent response from the archival community.  The goal of the theme week is to foster discussion between archivists and historians.  Posts in the week tackle issues of archival labour, how private … Continue reading Active History Archives Theme Week

Open Offices and Dedicated Project Time

I've worked in an open office setup for the bulk of my professional career.  This has typically meant sharing an office space with multiple co-workers and students.  It has also meant working in a space that is open to the public.  In 2015 there was around six or eight months where I had an office … Continue reading Open Offices and Dedicated Project Time