[Aaus-list] Ukrainian Archival Collections in Canada: deadline extended

Maryna Chernyavska chernyav at ualberta.ca
Tue Jan 23 15:33:56 EST 2018

** apologies for cross-posting **

*Ukrainian Archival Collections in Canada: Preserving the Past, Building
the Future*

*11-13 May, 2018*

University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

Information professionals, practitioners, community leaders, researchers,
and others in charge of or interested in Ukrainian Canadian archival
heritage are invited to submit proposals relating to theoretical and
practical issues of Ukrainian Canadian archives from a variety of
perspectives. Contributions on various issues of acquisition, preservation,
access, and networking are particularly invited. Other topics will be
considered as well. Abstracts of 300-words and a short bio should be
submitted to ukrfolk at ualberta.ca by *February 5, 2018*. Notifications of
acceptance will be sent by *February 25, 2018*.

In addition to standard 20-minutes presentations, we invite short
10-minutes reports from practitioners for a round table discussion.

The purpose of the conference *Ukrainian Archival Collections in Canada:
Preserving the Past, Building the Future* is to bring together researchers,
archivists, curators, collection managers, and other custodians of
Ukrainian Canadian archival collections in order to start a conversation
among stewards of Ukrainian cultural documentary heritage. This conference
aims to increase awareness about Ukrainian heritage collections in Canada,
survey problem areas and needs of archival collections. It will help
establish connections and collaboration among the institutions, will
provide an opportunity to share knowledge and successes and, therefore,
improve their sustainability.

The conference is organized by the *Kule Folklore Centre *at the University
of Alberta and its *Friends Society* in cooperation with the *Canadian
Institute of Ukrainian Studies* at the University of Alberta.

*Key note speaker*: Myron Momryk

Ukrainians started immigrating to Canada over 125 years ago, and first
settled mostly on the Prairies. Shortly after they came, they built
schools, churches and community halls. Taking great pride in their cultural
heritage, they also started creating repositories of materials dealing with
the Ukrainian culture: museums, archives, and cultural centres. Today many
of these repositories housing rich archival collections face a crisis, they
are run by volunteers, lack human, technical and financial resources.
Collaboration among them could offer creative ways of approaching numerous
problems related to acquisition, cataloguing, access to Ukrainian cultural
heritage material and its preservation.

The problem of preserving Ukrainian archival collections has grown in
recent years. Although there are numerous Ukrainian archival collections in
various Canadian libraries and archives, often only those collections
housed by large academic libraries and associated with strong research and
teaching programs at Canadian universities, or those housed at governmental
archives receive due treatment. Their archival collections have been duly
processed, materials catalogued, and access to them is provided for
researchers and the public. Other repositories do not have enough resources
to professionally manage their materials, which are presented in a variety
of different media: text (both published and unpublished materials),
photographs, audio, video. Researchers frequently overlook these
collections, because they are invisible or inaccessible. The national,
provincial and local archives have become more selective about the archival
material they acquire which creates further complications. There is an
urgent need to raise awareness of the importance of Ukrainian Canadian
archival heritage, to help Ukrainian Canadian community archives manage
their collections in order to provide access to potential researchers, as
well as to preserve these records for the future.

The goals of the conference are:

·      To understand who has what type of archival records, their scope and
extent, and how they can be accessed.

·      To introduce those who are preserving archival records to each
other, and to open up a way to share information among them.

·      To develop a network for cooperation and sharing of information.

·      To provide an understanding of available resources (preservation and
conservation assistance, funding sources, archival societies as support
systems, researcher needs).

·      To raise awareness of the value of archives as institutions and as
documentary records.

*Organizing and Program Committee*

  Maryna Chernyavska

  Irene Jendzjowsky

  Oleksandr Pankieiev

  Viktoriya Yakovlyeva

*Maryna Chernyavska, MA, MLIS*
Folklore Archivist
Bohdan Medwidsky Ukrainian Folklore Archives
Kule Folklore Centre
University of Alberta

Ph: 780-299-6043  Fx: 780-492-2051
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Edmonton, AB  T6G 2E6
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