Monthly Archives: December 2014

Introductions to the Lead Team

The Flood Advisory Programme’s Lead Team has taken over the ASA’s blog! We thought we would introduce ourselves by describing three things we love about working at the ASA.

Amanda (Lead Archivist):

  1. Working with new people

The Lead Archivist position allows me to meet and work with new people on a regular basis. I love learning about what our institutional members are working on and the different avenues archivists take to get their work done. It is an amazing learning experience.

  1. Learning more about conservation treatments

I have done basic conservation and preventative care treatments during my education and career; however, working one-on-one with a conservator over the past three months has shown me the depth of the conservation field. Emily has taught me so much about conservation treatments already and I look forward to learning much more as our project continues.

  1. Traveling

Emily and I are both new to Alberta and we have had the opportunity to travel to many new places to meet with our members. I am looking forward to seeing more of beautiful Alberta!


Emily (Lead Conservator):

  1. Helping preserve history

The Lead Conservator position allows me to work with people who share my passion to preserve history. During our site visits, and attended events, Amanda and I have been able to meet archivists, conservators, historians, and collection managers. It has been a pleasure to work with others towards a common goal.

  1. Learning more about archives, and the many hats that archivists wear

While I have experience treating paper and bound material for various archives, I have never had the opportunity to see what archivists do. It has been a wonderful experience working with Amanda over the last few months. She has taught me new terminology, and the difficulties that born digital records provide. I look forward to learning more from her as our project progresses.

  1. Outreach and events

Within the past three months Amanda and I have been able to attend the Creepy Alberta launch at Heritage Park, the City of Edmonton Archives’ exhibit Tonight’s the Night, and the Provincial Archives of Alberta’s Annual Film Night at Garneau Theatre, just to name a few.

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Ice Rain, Blizzards, and Hail…Oh My!

With the arrival of winter, we are faced with many challenges and often have to work against the storms in order to maintain the condition of our facilities, and collections. When the temperature drops, it is important to work with your facilities manager to maintain the temperature and RH of your building. Low temperatures can cause frost and mould in areas with higher humidity, and they can also freeze water and drain pipes. Frozen pipes can lead to leaks and floods. Other winter emergencies may include excess of snow, and ice on the exterior of your building. The buildup of snow and ice on your roof can cause leaks, water damage, and mould and possibly cause your roof to collapse.

Whyte Museum

30. Shovelling snow off roof, Glacier House. Trip to Glacier region with Fred Pepper, [1926] / Byron Harmon photographer, Byron Harmon fonds (V263/NA-1360), Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies.

Not only is winter potentially harmful to us, and our facilities, it poses dangerous conditions for our furry friends who may seek solace in your collection space. It is important to maintain your IPM system during the winter months.

We recommend checking the facilities internal pipes regularly for frost, remove snow and ice from the exterior of the facility, including the roof, ensure drainpipes are free of snow and ice, and implement your IPM system.

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