Session 3: October 13, 6-8PM
Theme: Archives, Digitizing Memories
Presenters: Joanne Guillemette (LAC) and Julienne Pascoe (Canadiana)
Title: Pinning the Archives
Location: Bytown Museum

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This workshop will explore the use of archives, photography and metadata to engage local as well as digital communities with interpreting public spaces in Ottawa. Taking a look specifically at the historical site of the Chateau Laurier and the Old Union Station as a case that provides insightful analysis on the development and ongoing transformation of iconic cultural spaces, one that can involve archives, contemporary digital tools and future imaginings to build community based discussions and interpretations of these critical urban sites.

Format: The first half of the workshop will provide an overview of the use of archives in contemporary culture, specifically focusing on community building digital tools, archival photographs for situating urban development, and the challenges of access and reuse of images in research and online social platforms. The second half will be broken down into past, present and future exercises that will include some early accounts of the history of the site, exploring archival collections, incorporating current representations and ending on a re-imagining and critique of the future expansion of the building. The goal is building personal connection and narratives through archives and digital tools to contemporary public spaces.

joanneJoanne Rycaj Guillemette has worked both in the Private and Public arts and cultural sector, including Crown Corporations providing artistic direction, strategic and administrative guidance.  Joanne has worked in photography conservation for Library and Archives Canada where she is currently Curator and Photography Archivist, and provides curatorial and project management services for exhibitions partnerships as well as negotiating acquisitions and manages historical research of photographic collections among others. Joanne is a member of the Steering Committee for the Ottawa 2017 Arts, Culture and Heritage Investment Program.  She received her MA degree in Photographic Preservation & Collections Management. Her studies include a BFA and Arts Administration. 20 years of experience in the photographic field includes her artistic practice, exhibitions, workshops and commercial work. Joanne is a dedicated volunteer within the artistic and cultural community where she currently sits on the Board of the Ottawa Arts Council as the Chair of the Arts Awards as well as a newly appointed board member of the School of Photographic Arts: Ottawa.

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julienneJulienne Pascoe is the Lead Metadata Architect at and instructor in the graduate course Digital Applications for Collections Management in the F+PPCM program at Ryerson University. She was recently hired as a consultant for developing a digital archive for the Family Camera Network Project, a collaborative initiative involving the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA), and Western University. A recent graduate from the Digital Stewardship Certificate program at the School for Library and Information Science, Simmons College (Boston), her focus is on developing access and preservation strategies for digital and cultural heritage resources. Previous positions include Collections Information Assistant, Art Gallery of Ontario and Special Collections Technician at Ryerson Archives and Special Collections.

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