ASA's workshops are advanced level courses. A basic knowledge of archival practice is recommended for enrolling in our workshops. 

Due to high demand, ASA is able to provide a second offering of this workshop on November 25!

Updating Outdated Descriptions Workshop

Instructor: Genevieve Weber, Archivist, Royal BC Museum

Date: Friday, November 4, 2022 OR November 25, 2022

Time: 10:00 – 11:00 am MST

Location: online course


Archives are increasingly recognized as places that privilege the voices of those in power (usually white and male), further marginalizing under-represented communities through their erasure or mis-representation. Archivists are eager to apply the principles of reparative description in their workplaces, but aren’t sure how to begin. The task of amending outdated, derogatory and racist language can prove particularly challenging to do within the rules of national and international descriptive standards. Drawing on examples from institutions in Canada, the United States, and Australia, this workshop will provide guidance to help archives staff identify records to be updated, determine appropriate replacement language, and make updates in a way that doesn’t whitewash past practices or cause further harm.

Who should attend: Having completed an introductory course in archival description is highly recommended for those who register for this workshop.

Class size: 12 (minimum) / 20 (maximum)

Cost: $50 (ASA member); $65 (non-member)

Registration deadline: November 18, 2022

Member-only Registration Opens: September 27, 2022

Non-member Registration Opens: October 4, 2022

Register for November 4's workshop here: NOTE THAT THE NOV 4 WORKSHOP IS FULL

Register for November 25's workhsop here: 



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