: Archivaria Awards, 2015

At the Association of Canadian Archivists 2015 Awards Luncheon, Heather MacNeil, Archivaria General Editor announced the winners of these prizes:

Laura Millar has been awarded the W. Kaye Lamb Prize for 2015 for her article “Coming Up with Plan B: Considering the Future of Canadian Archives”, Archivaria 77 (Spring 2014)  

This prize is given annually to the author of the Archivaria article that, by its exceptional combination of research, reflection, and writing, most advances archival thinking in Canada

In this provocative, thoughtful and timely article, Laura Millar offers a clear-eyed perspective on the past and present state of the Canadian archival system and outlines a strategic vision for its future. Her “plan B” is a clarion call for the archival community to reimagine its role in championing societal efforts to create and preserve records that will, her words, “support accountability, foster identity and protect memory.” 

Fiorella Foscarini has been awarded the Hugh A. Taylor Prize for 2015 for her article A Genre-Based Investigation of Workplace Communities”, Archivaria 78 (Fall 2014)

This prize is awarded annually to the author of the Archivaria article that presents new ideas or refreshing syntheses in the most imaginative way, especially by exploring the implications of concepts or trends from other disciplines for archival thinking and activity, and by extending the boundaries of archival theory in new directions.

In this rigorously researched article, Fiorella Foscarini argues convincingly for the relevance of rhetorical genre studies (RGS) as a conceptual model to strengthen research on recordkeeping environments and offers a fresh interpretation of the social nature of workplace communities. Well written and carefully explained, the article incorporates RGS to focus on the human element in records creation and use.