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Librarian and Archivist of Canada to present annual Queen’s University Archives Lecture

Queen’s University Library invites all members of the Queen's and Kingston communities to a special lecture by Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada. Dr. Berthiaume assumed the position of Librarian and Archivist of Canada in 2014, prior to which he was the Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec between 2009 and 2014, following a 30‑year career in academia. Dr. Berthiaume holds a doctorate in history.

Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada
Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada

The 35th annual Queen’s University Archives Lecture, titled “Don’t know much about geography*: perspectives on local, regional and national archives," will explore the territoriality of private archives as an issue that has given rise to heated debates for decades.

On June 1, 2016, the members of the National, Provincial and Territorial Archivists Conference adopted a Statement of Guiding Principles for Identifying ‘Best-Fit’ Repositories for Private-Sector Archival Records. Based on an examination of this document, Dr. Berthiaume will explore the importance of archives in 2017 and will reflect on the context that will determine their future. He says his lecture will examine questions such as “Like Russian nesting dolls, isn’t an archive of national significance also likely to be of regional and local significance? And can we implement a coordinated approach to collecting?”

"We are delighted that this year’s lecture will be delivered by the Librarian and Archivist of Canada. Dr. Berthiaume’s perspectives on local, regional and national archives will be an engaging treat for this lecture, which celebrates the eclectic richness of archival resources at Queen’s," Paul Banfield, University Archivist, says. "It may also be fitting to note that one of Dr. Berthiaume’s predecessors, Ian Wilson, began his career at Queen’s University Archives in 1967.”

The Queen’s University Archives lecture will take place on Thursday, Oct. 26 at 2 pm in the 1923 Reading Room, Douglas Library. All are welcome, and refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the lecture. Please RSVP by Friday Oct. 20: 613 533-2378.