2018 Archivaria Awards


At the Association of Canadian Archivists 2018 Awards Luncheon in Edmonton, Jennifer Douglas, Archivaria General Editor announced the winners of the following prizes:

Jean Dryden was awarded the W. Kaye Lamb Prize for her article, "The Meaning of Publication in Canadian Copyright Law: An Archival Perspective," which appears in Archivaria 83 (Spring 2017)

  • Named for Dr. William Kaye Lamb, Dominion Archivist of Canada from 1948-1969 and founding National Librarian of Canada, this prize is awarded annually to honour the author of the Archivaria article that, by its exceptional combination of research, reflection, and writing, most advances archival thinking in Canada. It is the senior award of the journal for the best article overall. The winner of the Lamb Prize is selected by General Editor, with the assistance of the members of the Archivaria Editorial Board.
  • Exhaustively researched  and lucidly argued, Jean Dryden’s article provides a rigorous and yet wholly practical analysis of the concept of publication under Canadian copyright law. Dryden’s analysis is a welcome contribution to the archival field, where issues of copyright and distribution of copies have become especially relevant in the digital age. The article demonstrates the kind of innovative thinking on copyright, and on digital culture, that we need at this moment, and encourages archivists to be bold, take risks and be actively engaged in finding the ways that intellectual property law can advance our work.


Susanne Belovari was awarded the Hugh Taylor Prize for her article, "Historians and Web Archives," which appears in Archivaria 83 (Spring 2017)

  • The Hugh A. Taylor Prize was established in 2006 to honour the doyen of Canadian archival thinkers whose wide range of scholarly publications sparked the Canadian archival imagination. The 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. The winner of the Taylor prize is chosen by the General Editor and a professor of Archival Studies (selected by the General Editor), who decide the winner by consensus. This year the professor of archival studies who helped decide the winner of the award was Greg Bak from the University of Manitoba. 
  • The World Wide Web is often seen as the paradigmatic form of late twentieth century digital culture. Susanne Belovari’s fresh and timely article demonstrates that despite its  importance, archivists have not yet figured out how to preserve the Web for future use. The article brings both archival and historical perspectives to the debate about Web archiving: perspectives that, as the author shows, are much needed but have often been missing both from discussion of this topic and from practical initiatives in the Web archiving field. Through an imaginative and playful thought experiment that takes the perspective of a historian in 2050 trying to understand the Web in 2015, Belovari offers a stark vision of the archival future, demonstrating the dangerous limitations of most current approaches to Web preservation.