When: Thursday March 7, 2013 – 6-7:30pm (registration at 5:45pm in the CLGA lobby)
Where: Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, 34 Isabella Street, Toronto, ON
Cost: $5.00 for most, free for students and the unemployed
Maximum registration: 20 participants
SLA Toronto Chapter invites you to join us on March 7, 2013, for a tour of the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA) at the Jared D. Sessions House at 34 Isabella Street. Founded in 1973, the CLGA has grown to become the second-largest LGBT archives in the world. After years of operating in tiny, cramped offices, the CLGA finally moved into its new home at 34 Isabella Street in September 2009. The house, built in 1858, is considered a heritage site in Toronto but has been extensively renovated for improved public engagement.
The tour will be led by Rebecka Sheffield and Kate Zieman, both of whom are active members of the library and archival community in Toronto, and it will include a look into the James Fraser Library, the processing and audiovisual rooms, the Archives Gallery, and other significant parts of the building.
Come take an exclusive peek at the CLGA and learn more about this vibrant part of the Toronto archival community! Space is limited to only 20 participants so please register early.
Any questions or concerns can be directed at the Registrar for this event, Kim Pham, kim.pham @ mail.utoronto.ca
Please cancel your registration as a courtesy to others. Due to the limited participant numbers for this event, a wait list will be kept and others may be able to take your place if you are unable to attend.
About the CLGA
The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives was established to aid in the recovery and preservation of our histories. Its mandate is to acquire, preserve, organize, and give public access to information and materials in any medium, by and about LGBT people, primarily produced in or concerning Canada. To support this function, the Archives also maintains significant non-archival collections, which include a research library, international subject files, and an international collection of queer periodicals. It is the mandate of the CLGA to make this information available to the public for education and research. Over the years, the CLGA has helped hundreds of people - students, artists, journalists, lawyers, filmmakers - working on various projects.
About the speakers
Rebecka Sheffield is a volunteer archivist at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives. Rebecka has been involved with the CLGA since 2008 as a member of the Community Engagement Committee, which gives tours and presentations to community groups, researches and implements off-site exhibits, and contributes to the CLGA website and blog. Rebecka is also a doctoral candidate in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, in collaboration with the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies. Rebecka’s research draws from social movement theory and archival studies to explore the trajectories of queer archives as social movement organizations. In addition, Rebecka served as guest editor of Archivaria’s Special Section on Queer Archives and has been published in Museum Management & Curatorship and American Archivist. She publishes a blog, www.archivalobjects.com.
Kate Zieman has been involved with the CLGA since 2006 in a variety of capacities, including serving on the board, and chairing the Community Engagement Committee. She is actively involved in the CLGA community and hosts library tours and presentation, and organizes exhibits. Kate holds Masters degrees in Communication and Culture (York/Ryerson Universities) and Information Studies (University of Toronto), and an undergraduate degree in Women's Studies, Film and English (University of Toronto). She also writes about lesbian history for Queeries Magazine. Kate currently works as a Media Librarian at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and as a freelance visual researcher with Breadcrumbs Infobrokers.