2022 Symposium


  • Program from 2022 available here.
  • Summary of the 2022 Seminar and Symposium available here.




The following speakers presented in the ACA@UBC Seminar on April 28, 2022.

Jesse Boiteau (he/him) | Senior Archivist, National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

Jesse Boiteau is the Senior Archivist at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and member of the Métis Nation. He completed his Masters in Archival Studies at UM, focusing on the intersections between Western archival theory and practice, and Indigenous notions of archives and memory to shed light on how the NCTR can accommodate and blend multiple viewpoints in its processes. Jesse works within a close archives team to process the records collected by the TRC, make new collections available online and respond to access requests from residential school Survivors. He is also continually researching ways to leverage new technologies to honour the experiences and truths of Survivors through innovative and participatory archival practices.

Dr. Jessica Bushey (she/her) | Archivist at MONOVA: Museum and Archives of North Vancouver | Adjunct Professor, iSchool, UBC | Instructor, Continuing Studies, UVic

Dr. Bushey leads the archives team at MONOVA, which preserves and provides access to public records of the District and City of North Vancouver, private fonds of individuals and a robust oral history program. She teaches archives management and reference services at both UBC and UVic, and is the Chair of the Reference and Access Working Group in the InterPARES Trust AI research project.

Marika Cifor (she/her) | Assistant Professor in the Information School at the University of Washington

Marika Cifor is an Assistant Professor in the Information School and adjunct faculty in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies at the University of Washington. She is a feminist scholar of archival studies and digital studies. Her book, Viral Cultures: Activist Archiving in the Age of AIDS, is forthcoming with the University of Minnesota Press. She has published widely in critical information studies, gender and sexuality studies, and American studies on topics including affect and archives, feminist data studies, and community-based information practices.

Lisa Darms (she/her) | Executive Director, Hauser & Wirth Institute

Lisa Darms is Executive Director of Hauser & Wirth Institute, a nonprofit devoted to artists’ archives and supporting communities who use, create and care for art archives. She was previously Senior Archivist at NYU’s Fales Library, where she managed the Downtown Collection of artists’ and art organizations’ archives, and was curator of the Riot Grrrl Collection. She is the editor of The Riot Grrrl Collection (Feminist Press, 2013) and co-editor of Weight of the Earth: The Tape Journals of David Wojnarowicz (Semiotext(e), 2018). Lisa holds an MFA in Photography and an MA in History and Archives.

Jennifer Douglas (she/her) | Assistant Professor, UBC School of Information

Dr. Jennifer Douglas is an assistant professor in the School of Information, University of British Columbia, where she teaches courses on arrangement and description and personal and community archives. Her research explores the creation, representation and care of personal and intimate records, with a particular focus on recordkeeping and griefwork.

Emily Larson (she/her) | Digital Collections Specialist, The Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre at the University of British Columbia

Emily is a Digital Collections Specialist at the UBC Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre, where she focuses on user experience, interactive and emerging technologies, and processing archival materials. She has a MAS and MLIS from the UBC iSchool. As an information professional, her work centres on the importance of storytelling, the power dynamics of information, and disruptive practice. She is located in Vancouver, Canada on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Nicola Laurent (she/her) | Senior Project Archivist at the University of Melbourne

Nicola Laurent is the Senior Project Archivist on the Find & Connect web resource team at the University of Melbourne. Nicola holds a Master of Business Information System Professional from Monash University with a semester of study completed at Simmons College. Nicola advocates for trauma-informed archival practice, including creating resources and support networks to support its implementation, promoting sustainable access to online material through the preservation of links, and discusses the impact of vicarious trauma on archivists. Nicola is the International Council on Archives’ New Professionals Programme Coordinator, the President of the Australian Society of Archivists, and Co-Founder of the Trauma-Informed Archives Community of Practice.

Krista McCracken (they/them) | Researcher/Curator, Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre, Algoma University

Krista McCracken is an award winning public historian and archivist. They are a Researcher/Curator at the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre. Krista’s research focuses on community archives, Residential Schools, access, and outreach.

Ashlynn Prasad (she/her) | Librarian & Archivist, W.B. & M.H. Chung Library & Leonard G. McCann Archives, Vancouver Maritime Museum

Ashlynn Prasad is a colonial settler of Indian descent and is grateful to live on the ancestral and unceded territories of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh speaking peoples. Ashlynn began her career in archives at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she worked as an undergraduate archival assistant for four years. She was a 2017-2019 ARL/SAA Mosaic Fellow and graduated with a dual MAS/MLIS from UBC in 2020. She has been the Librarian & Archivist at the Vancouver Maritime Museum since March 2021. Her research interests include the impacts of colonization on diaspora populations and the ways in which the forced destruction of archival records can shape a population’s shared identity.

Tamara (Tam) Rayan (they/them) | Archives Assistant at the Art Gallery of Ontario’s E.P. Taylor Library and Archives

Tamara Rayan received their MI in Information Studies from the University of Toronto in 2020 and their MA in Ethnomusicology from the University of Toronto in 2016. In addition to their work at the Art Gallery of Ontario, they are involved with Alternative Toronto, a participatory digital archive, where they guide members of Toronto’s resistance cultures to describe and contextualize their own records. They are a Steering Committee Member of the SAA – Archivists and Archives of Color Section, the moderator of the AAO’s Safe Spaces for BIPOC Archivists series, and have been a moderator and organizer of the ACA BIPOC Forum for the past two years. Their research focuses on how archives can better attend to minority and marginalized groups facing colonialism, forced migration, and political oppression.

Danielle Robichaud (she/her) | Digital Archivist, Special Collections & Archives, University of Waterloo Library

Danielle Robichaud lives and works in Waterloo, Ontario on the Haldimand Tract as a Digital Archivist in Special Collections & Archives at the University of Waterloo Library. Her professional interests include the integration of equity and reconciliation frameworks into archival descriptive practice and coming to terms with digital sunk costs. In 2018, she was awarded the James J. Talman Award by the Archives Association of Ontario for her work related to Wikipedia and the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action.

Moska Rokay (she/her) | Archivist; Muslims in Canada Archives at the Institute of Islamic Studies, University of Toronto

Moska Rokay is the Archivist of the Muslims in Canada Archives (MiCA) at the Institute of Islamic Studies, University of Toronto. She is an advocate for community-centered, activist archives, especially of diaspora and refugee communities. She completed her Master of Information at the University of Toronto (2019). She currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Archives Association of Ontario (AAO) as Director Without Portfolio.

Elizabeth Shaffer (she/her) | Assistant Professor, UBC School of Information and Executive Director, UBC Residential School History and Dialogue Centre

Elizabeth Shaffer is an Assistant Professor at the UBC School of Information and the Executive Director at UBC’s Residential School History and Dialogue Centre. Her current work and research focus on critical enquiry into how information policy, practices and systems emerge and evolve in contemporary digital spaces, with particular attention to social justice issues, impacts of colonialism, anti-colonial pedagogies, and collections that document traumatic human events. Prior to UBC, she was Director of Collections at the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, overseeing initiatives focusing on the digitization, preservation, and pedagogical use of Holocaust survivor testimonies and collections in support of anti-racism education and exhibition curation on issues of genocide. Her work is predicated on developing systems, spaces and practices grounded in collaborations in the development of dialogical and transparent information practices, research and pedagogy.

Tomoko Shida (she/her) | Archivist, University of Toronto Mississauga Library

Tomoko Shida is a Japanese Canadian settler and former secondary school history teacher. She graduated from UofT’s iSchool in 2020 and currently works as an archivist at the University of Toronto Mississauga Library, Archives and Special Collections.

Anna St. Onge (she/her/they) | Director of Digital Scholarship & Infrastructure, York University Libraries

Anna St. Onge is an archivist at York University who most recently served as Director of Digital Scholarship Infrastructure. She holds a B.A. in History and Celtic Studies and a Masters of Information Studies degree with a specialization in Archival Studies and Book History & Print Culture, both from the University of Toronto. Her current research focuses on archival praxis and reminiscence therapy for PLWD (people living with dementia) and a collaborative archives project with the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation on Manitoulin Island.

Karen Suurtamm (she/her) | Assistant Professor, University of Toronto, Faculty of Information

Karen Suurtamm is a white settler living on the north shore of Rice Lake in Ontario, on the treaty and traditional territory of the Michi Saagiig Anishnaabeg. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Teaching Stream at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information, where she teaches courses in the Archives and Records Management Concentration, including appraisal; arrangement and description; and access, advocacy and outreach. Karen is also a PhD student in Cultural Studies at Trent University, where she is researching documentation of Canada’s federal prison system in archives and other sites of memory. Before returning to academia, Karen worked as an archivist in academic archives for nearly a decade.


The following speakers presented in the ACA@UBC Symposium on April 29, 2022.

Richard Arias-Hernandez (he/him) | Assistant Professor of Teaching, Acting Chair of the  Bachelor of Media Studies, School of Information at the University of British Columbia

Richard earned his Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic University (USA), and his M.Sc. in Management Information Systems and B.Sc. in Computer Science at Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia). His specialties include teaching and researching on digital libraries and archives, digital collections, data management, visualization & analytics, and pedagogy & curriculum development for information and media studies.

Elaine Goh (she/her) | Manager of Information Management, British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives

Elaine Goh received a Ph.D. in Library, Archival and Information Studies from the University of British Columbia. She is currently the Manager of Information Management for the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives, the public body responsible for licensing and regulation of approximately 60,000 nurses and midwives in British Columbia. Her previous experience includes serving as Assistant Director, Records Management at the National Archives of Singapore. Dr. Goh’s research interests focus on the interaction of law, records management, and  privacy.

Charlotte Leonard (she/her) | MASLIS Student, University of British Columbia

Charlotte is currently an archivist at Karen Jamieson Dance Company where she works to increase acknowledgement and accessibility within the collections. She holds an Honours BA in English Literature from Concordia University and is passionate about grassroots archiving, personal archives, dance archives, and cultural preservation.

Mpho Ngoepe (he/him) | Director of the School of Arts at the University of South Africa

Prior to his current position at UNISA, Ngoepe worked for the United Nations Children’s Fund, Auditor-General South Africa, and the National Archives of South Africa. He is serving in the national committee of the South African Society of Archivists (2009-2022), and served on the board of Eastern and Southern Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives (2009-2019). He also served on the advisory council of the National Archives of South Africa as the chairperson of Gauteng Provincial Archives Advisory Council, which advises the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture on issues relating to archives. From 2013-2018, he was the director of Team Africa for InterPARES Trust, a multinational, interdisciplinary digital records research project. In 2020, he was awarded a Chancellor’s Prize for Excellence in Research. Ngoepe has published widely in archives and records management.

Walker Sampson (he/him) | Associate Professor & Digital Archivist, University of Colorado Boulder

Walker Sampson’s research interests include digital object and media preservation, especially video games and other creative objects, along with the conservation of the cultural and technical history of computing. He holds a Master of Science in Information Science from the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin.

Rebecka Sheffield (she/her) | Adjunct Instructor, University of British Columbia

Rebecka Taves Sheffield is an archivist, educator, and policy advisor based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She researches and advises in the areas of recordkeeping and archives, digital government, cultural heritage, and 2SLGBTQ+ histories. Rebecka has served as a senior policy advisor for the Archives of Ontario and currently works with Ontario Digital Service. Previously, she was the executive director of the ArQuives: Canada’s LGBTQ+ Archives. Rebecka is the author of Documenting Rebellions: A Study of Four Lesbian and Gay Archives in Queer Times.

Whitney Thompson (she/her/hers) | MLIS Student, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

MLIS student fascinated by issues of information accessibility, cultural memory in various forms of media, and affordances of digital/multimedia storytelling tools. Can usually be found researching the Victorian composer Claribel, playing capoeira, or bothering her two cats. Ask her about that time she met Brent Spiner.

Nigel Town (they/them/theirs) | MASLIS Student, University of British Columbia

Nigel Town is currently the Assistant Archivist at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre. Their background is in museum and collections work, including Saskatchewan, the University of British Columbia as a Graduate Academic Assistant in Metadata, and the Vancouver Police Museum & Archives. Their academic interest is in community archives.

Josh Wilson (he/him)| MIS Student, McGill University

Josh Wilson has a BA in Creative Writing and Philosophy from Concordia University. He is interested in interdisciplinary research, and is currently focused on the relationship between critical theory and practice, how archivists use theory, and how theory and practice can co-inform one another to build a critical, liberatory future.

Samantha Winn (she/they) | Archivist and Doctoral Student, University of Arizona

Sam Winn (she/they) is an archivist and doctoral student based in Tucson, Arizona. Sam has taught courses at the University of Arizona and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. As collections archivist at Virginia Tech (2014-2020), they managed the International Archives of Women in Architecture and helped coordinate community collections for minoritized groups in Appalachia. Her current research includes storytelling as praxis for borderlands community archives, elevating student narratives in Internet Studies research, and death positivity in memory work.


The ACA student chapter at UBC would like to thank the following bodies for sponsoring this year’s seminar and symposium:

Association of Canadian Archivists
ARMA Vancouver




2021-2022 ACA@UBC Executives:

Coordinator: Kisun Kim

Secretary: Jessica Dobson

Treasurer: Mya Ballin

Events Coordinator: Jordan Kerr and Tiana Kirstein

Communications: Emma Moros

Webmaster: Kailey Fukushima

ARMA Rep: Cameron Welsh

AABC Rep: Kira Razzo

LASSA Rep: Andria Huculak

First-year MLIS Rep: Linnet Chappelka

First-year MAS Rep: Peyton Moriarty

Past Co-coordinator: Felicity Collins 


Faculty Advisor: Luciana Duranti