Association of Canadian Archivists—University of British Columbia

International Colloquium and Symposium:
Preserving the Memory of the World

10-12 March 2010, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada


The goal of this three-day event, held at the University of British Columbia, was to open an interdisciplinary dialogue among the custodians of the world documentary heritage—librarians, archivists, documentalists and museum curators—and the users of such heritage. It brought together professionals from UNESCO, the National Archives of Malaysia, the Library of Congress and the National Archives and Records Administration of the United States, Library and Archives Canada, the Library and Information Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the Safe Sound Archive to speak on the role of archivists, records managers, librarians and other information professionals in the preservation of world documentary heritage and memory. The first two days were devoted to seminar presentations and discussions with UBC students and faculty followed by a full-day symposium open to students, faculty and the general public. The Symposium was relevant to a wide and diverse audience including, but not limited to, archivists and librarians, other information specialists, historians, computer scientists, sociologists, anthropologists, political scientists and anyone interested in heritage and memory. The entire event was organized and hosted by the UBC student chapter of the Association of Canadian Archivists.

Colloquium Presentations

Wednesday, March 10 - Open to UBC Students and Faculty only, 9:00-5:00, Dodson Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

  1. Integrating Acquisition at Library and Archives Canada
    Mark Levene and Johanna Smith, Library and Archives Canada 
  2. Documents as Parts of the World Heritage: The UNESCO Memory of the World Programme as a Network Joining World Significance and Local Content
    Lothar Jordan, Kleist-Museum / UNESCO
  3. Ideal Archivist of the 21st Century—Malaysian Perspective
    Dato' Sidek Jamil, National Archives of Malaysia
  4. Preservation Planning for Sound Recordings
    George Blood, Safe Sound Archive
Thursday, March 11 - Open to UBC Students and Faculty only, 9:00-5:00, Nass Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
  1. Data Curation: Developing Programs for Managing and Preserving Digital Research Datasets
    Tyler Walters, Georgia Institute of Technology
  2. Digital Repository Development for Library of Congress National Digital Newspaper and eDeposit Programs
    Babak Hamidzadeh, U.S. Library of Congress
  3. Braving the New World: Managing Information Assets in Cyberspace
    Kenneth Thibodeau, Electronic Records Archives (ERA), U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
  4. The Standards Development Process in Canada and Abroad
    Brian Thurgood, Library and Archives Canada

Symposium Presentations

Friday, March 12 - Open to general public and UBC students, 9:00-5:15, Golden Jubilee Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
  1. Welcome
    Rhodri Windsor-Liscombe, Associate Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies, The University of British Columbia
  2. Greetings from the Dean of Arts
    Ira B. Nadel, Professor of English, The University of British Columbia
  3. Cosmopolitanization and Diversity: The UNESCO Memory of the World Programme
    Lothar Jordan, Kleist-Museum / UNESCO
  4. The Preservation Program of the National Archives of Malaysia
    Dato' Sidek Jamil, National Archives of Malaysia
  5. The Library of Congress World Digital Library Program with UNESCO
    Babak Hamidzadeh, U.S. Library of Congress
  6. Library and Archives Canada's Documentary Heritage Management Framework
    Mark Levene, Library and Archives Canada
  7. Recordkeeping in Social Networking Environments
    Johanna Smith, Library and Archives Canada
  8. Preservation Planning for Audio: Migration Considerations, Bit Preservation, Sustainability of Audio Formats
    George Blood, Safe Sound Archives
  9. The MetaArchive Cooperative and Its Approach to Distributed Digital Preservation
    Tyler Walters, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology
  10. From Hard Hats to Hard Choices: Lessons from 20 Years of Building Archival Systems
    Ken Thibodeau, Electronic Records Archives (ERA), U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
  11. ISO Recordkeeping Standards
    Brian Thurgood, Library and Archives Canada
  12. Closing Remarks
    Peter van Garderen (Artefactual Systems, Inc.)
    Amanda Leinberger (ACA@UBC Coordinator)
    Luciana Duranti (The University of British Columbia)

Symposium Speaker Biographies

George Blood
Mr. Blood is President, George Blood, L.P., Safe Sound Archives (Philadelphia, PA, United States). He graduated from the University of Chicago (1983) with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Theory. He studied theory with Easley Blackwood (a private student of Nadia Boulanger), repertoire with Philip Gossett (Editor, critical editions of Verdi and Rossini for Casa Ricordi) and Ellen Turner Harris (now Professor of Music at MIT), and analysis with Ralph Shapey and Shulamit Ran (Pulitzer Prize winning composers), among others. He is the only student of pianist Marc-André Hamelin. Actively recording live concerts (from student recitals to opera and major symphony orchestras), since 1982, he has documented over 4,000 live events. From 1984 through 1989 he was a producer at WFMT-FM, and has recorded and edited some 600 nationally syndicated radio programs, mostly of The Philadelphia Orchestra. He has recorded or produced over 100 CDs, 2 of which were nominated for Grammy Awards. His work can be heard on EMI, Toshiba/ EMI, New World Records, CRI, Pogus Records, Albany Records, Newport Classics and others. He was Recording Engineer for The Philadelphia Orchestra for 21 years, serving Maestros Riccardo Muti and Wolfgang Sawallisch.

Luciana Duranti
Dr. Duranti has taught in the archival program at The University of British Columbia's (UBC) School of Library, Archival and Information Studies since 1987. Prior to moving to Canada to teach at UBC, she was a Researcher-Professor in the Special School for Archivists and Librarians at the University of Rome, Italy (1982-87); served as State Archivist in the State Archives of Rome (1978-82); and was Project Archivist for the Italian National Research Council (1974-77). In addition to her university responsibilities, she was the President of the Society of American Archivists for the year 1998-99, and is active nationally and internationally in several other archival associations and in boards and committees, such as Italy's Superior Council for Cultural Properties (2007-2010) and the Bureau of the UNESCO International Advisory Committee of the Memory of the World Program (2007-2011). She is currently Project Director of InterPARES, a large multinational, collaborative and interdisciplinary research project on the long-term preservation of authentic electronic records.

Babak Hamidzadeh
Dr. Hamidzadeh is currently the Director of the Repository Development Centre at the U.S. Library of Congress, Office of Strategic Initiatives. Dr. Hamidzadeh received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Minnesota. After three years of assistant professorship at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, he came to Vancouver, Canada, to serve as an associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia. At UBC, Dr. Hamidzadeh was involved in the first InterPARES project that began in 1998. He left UBC a few years later to manage Information Management & Research at Boeing Corporation in Information Systems. Subsequently, he took his position at the Library of Congress, where he played a key role in building the repository systems, notably the National Digital Newspaper Program, the World Digital Library Program with UNESCO, and the eDeposit Program.

Lothar Jordan
Dr. Jordan has published numerous books and articles on literary and cultural history since the 18th century, as well on museology. He currently serves as the Research Director of the Kleist Museum in Frankfurt, Germany. He also holds the positions of President of the International Committee of Literary Museums within the International Council of Museums and is a member of the Marketing Sub-Committee of the International Advisory Committee of the UNESCO Memory of the World Programme.

Dato' Sidek Jamil
Mr. Jamil, former Director General of the National Archives of Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), graduated in 1974, BA (Hons), University of Malaya and joined the National Archives of Malaysia as an archivist in the same year. He obtained a Certificate in Archives Management at the East-West Center, Hawai‘i in 1976 and a M.A. in Overseas Archives Studies from the University College, London, in 1986. Dato’ Sidek was rewarded the British High Commissioner’s Fellowship for research at University of London and Institute of Commonwealth Studies, United Kingdom in 1990. Dato’ Sidek was appointed the Director General of National Archives of Malaysia in 2007. Dato’ Sidek also served as the ICA Senior Vice-President between 2007 and 2008 and became a fellow of ICA in 2008. Dato’ Sidek is currently serving as a member of the International Advisory Council of The National Center for Documentation & Research (NCDR) of UAE until 2010. Dato’ Sidek has vast experience in records management training and education for public and private sectors both local and foreign and also consults on oral history projects and programmes. As a recognition to his excellent service to the State of Perak (his birth state), he was honoured the D.P.M.P. State award by the Sultan of Perak in April 2009, which carries the title Dato’.

Mark Levene
Mr. Levene is currently one of four directors at Library and Archives Canada (Ottawa, ON, Canada). He has worked at LAC since 2000, prior to which time he was a student at Carlton University and the University of Alberta.

Johanna Smith
Ms. Smith is a director in the Government Records Branch at Library and Archives Canada (Ottawa, ON, Canada) where she has also been the archivist for Statistics Canada and Health Canada. Before coming to Ottawa 3 years ago, she was an archivist at the International Monetary Fund. She has consulted on archival development projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo and was the Archives Advisor for the Council of Nova Scotia Archives.

Kenneth Thibodeau
Dr. Thibodeau is Director of the Electronic Records Archives (ERA) Program at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), U.S. He has served as Chief of the Records Management Branch of the National Institutes of Health, Director of the Center for Electronic Records at NARA, and Director of the Department of Defense Records Management Task Force. He has contributed to several national and international collaborations, including the Digital Curation Curriculum (DigCCur) project, the OAIS standard, and the InterPARES project. In 2008, Dr. Thibodeau received the Emmet Leahy Award for outstanding contributions to the information and records management profession and was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Archivist of the United States for pioneering contributions moving the National Archives of the U.S. to the forefront of e-government.

Brian Thurgood
Mr. Thurgood is currently a Senior Project Manager for the Digital Office Division, Government Records Branch of Library and Archives of Canada. The focus of his work has been on innovative recordkeeping practices, records management standards and approaches, digitization, digitization standards and practices, digital preservation management and trusted digital repository projects. He has also been involved in digital collection building and large-scale digitization efforts by Library and Archives Canada. Mr. Thurgood has published and presented extensively on various topics related to recordkeeping, digital preservation management, digitization, conservation/preservation, and the use of information technology as services for records management and recordkeeping.

Tyler Walters
Mr. Walters is Associate Director, Technology and Resource Services, Georgia Institute of Technology Library and Information Center (Atlanta, GA, United States). He is also a co-Principal Investigator with the MetaArchive Cooperative, one of the eight original digital preservation partnerships with the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program ( of the U.S. Library of Congress. Currently, his committee appointments include serving on the National Science Foundation’s National Science Digital Library Sustainability Committee and chairing the Host Committee for the 4th International Conference on Open Repositories in Atlanta, Georgia, May 18–21, 2009. Tyler was also a member of the 2006 ARL/NSF workgroup that produced the report “To Stand the Test of Time: Long-term Stewardship of Data Sets in Science and Engineering” ( He is a frequent conference speaker and author and is a past recipient of the Society of American Archivists’ Ernst Posner Award for best article in the American Archivist (1998).

Event Flyer and Program

  • A copy of the Symposium flyer is available here.
  • A copy of the Symposium program is available here.

    Gallery - Symposium (Photos by Adam Jansen)