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RAD for Beginners - February 10, 2022

  • 10 Feb 2022
  • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Zoom
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The AAO’s Professional Development Committee presents

RAD for Beginners

Established in 1990 and last revised in 2008, the Rules of Archival Description (RAD) is the Canadian archival descriptive standard that provides a multi-level, top-down framework to reflect the context of archival records. This informative workshop will provide a brief overview of Canadian descriptive theory and the history of description. Content will be geared towards professionals new to RAD.

Participants will learn how to:

  • navigate and read the RAD rules in the format specific chapters

  • avoid common errors (including dates and physical extents)

  • understand the subjectivity of description (such as the use of file level scope notes)

  • sensitively approach the description of records from BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities

  • modify descriptive practices due to resource considerations

  • standardize descriptive practices at an institution through descriptive policies

When: February 10, 2022, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Where: Instructions to join the online platform will be sent closer to the workshop date. 

Cost: $80 (AAO members*), $50 (AAO student members), $120 (non-members)

About the Instructor: Paul Leatherdale received his M.A. (Archival Studies) from the University of Windsor. He is currently the Archivist for the Law Society of Ontario, the body that governs lawyers and paralegals in the province. Paul is responsible for the management of the archives, including: collection development, arrangement and description, preservation, digitization initiatives, reference service, web content and social media, database administration, and the supervision of staff. He is also involved in the planning and implementation of records and information management projects for the organization. Paul also volunteers as an archivist with The ArQuives (formerly the Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives) and has served on its board of directors. He has also served on the boards of the Toronto Area Archivists Group and the Archives Association of Ontario.

Format: Lecture and demonstration

Recording: This workshop will NOT be recorded.

Registration: A minimum of 5 participants and a maximum of 45 participants may register for this event. Institutional members can register at the member’s rate and are limited to the number of archivists corresponding to their institutional membership category.

If you require additional time to prepare payment, please contact to set up an invoice.

Please be advised that this event is governed by the AAO’s Code of Conduct and is subject to the AAO’s Cancellation Policy. If you have any questions, contact

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