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Review of the Trent University Archives

Trent UNIVERSITY Archives Review 2016


This fall, the Trent University Archives will undergo an external review of its mandate, operations, and collections. Although the Library was externally reviewed in 2005, this is the first such review of the Trent University Archives.

This is a time of great transition in archives, libraries and other heritage institutions.  The increasing digitalization of research activities present heritage institutions with many challenges and opportunities. Digital preservation of our documentary and visual heritage has taken on increasing importance as the Internet continues bring researcher closer and closer to primary information sources.  These changes also present challenges and opportunities for innovative approaches as well as new opportunities for those working in the heritage sector.

The external review of the Trent University Archives will look at the history and organization of the Archives; models for its future development and sustainability; outreach to research communities; as well as current and potential collaborations with other heritage institutions. The external review of the Trent University Archives will:

  • Review and evaluate the collections and the collection development policies of the Archives;
  • Evaluate the current organizational structure and financial and human resources of the Archives, from the perspective of future sustainability;
  • Review the current and planned digitization of collections, and well as digital preservation activities;
  • Look at current outreach to research communities, and potential collaborations with other heritage institutions, etc.
  • Consider the current and planned Records Management activities of the University, and the potential role of the Archives in any future planning; and
  • Review the current physical space of the Archives, taking into account future needs for collection storage and consultation space.

To undertake this review, Trent has engaged Robin Keirstead, University Archivist from Western University and Ken Hernden, University Archivist from Algoma University. We look forward to their perspectives, insights and recommendations. Their professional biographies are listed below.  

The reviewers will visit the Symons campus on November 9 and 10, 2016 and will meet with representatives from the librarians, faculty, administration, staff and students.   We would also like to engage the university community by asking for your comments and perspectives on the archives. If you would like to provide input to the reviewers please send your comments in writing to by November 15th.


For further information about the external review, contact Loretta Durst, Manager of Administration and Communications (Library and Archives) by email


Robin Keirstead: Archivist, Western University

A native of Nova Scotia, Robin Keirstead received his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in history from Acadia University, his Master of Arts, also in history, from Queen's University, and his Master of Archival Studies from the University of British Columbia.  Since 1985 Robin Keirstead has held professional positions with the BC Records Management Branch, the BC Courthouse Library Society, and the Archives of Ontario, and has managed archives and records management programs, with responsibility for freedom of information and privacy, for the Region of Waterloo and the City of Kitchener.  In 2001 he assumed his current role as Western University’s first University Archivist.  In 2013 he also accepted a one year appointment as Acting University Librarian at Western.  Robin has taught courses in archives and records management at Simon Fraser University, George Brown College, Mohawk College and Western.  In 2006, he received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Part-Time Graduate Teaching from Western’s Faculty of Information and Media Studies. Active in many professional associations, a personal highlight was his five years serving on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Council of Archives.  In June 2010 he received the Alexander Fraser Award from the Archives Association of Ontario in recognition of his contributions to the province’s archival and cultural heritage communities. 


Ken Hernden: Archivist, Algoma University

Ken Hernden BA (Hons.), MLIS (Western University) has served for the last ten years as University Librarian and University Archivist at Algoma University, which transitioned from an affiliate college of Laurentian University to an independent university in 2008. Previously, Ken served as Head of Reference, Audio-Visual and Systems at the North Bay (Ontario) Public Library, as Adjunct Archivist at the York University Archives (Toronto, Ont.), and as Librarian/Archivist at Rush University (Chicago, Ill.). He also serves at Algoma as co-director of the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre (SRSC).

Under Ken’s leadership, the Arthur A. Wishart Library established the university archives at Algoma (2007) and transformed the all-volunteer “Shingwauk Project” (est. 1979) into the SRSC (2010-2012), a nationally significant centre for the study of the legacy of the residential schools.  Algoma University and the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association (CSAA) administrate the SRSC jointly.  The CSAA comprises former students from the Shingwauk Indian Residential School, the site of which is the campus of Algoma University.

In 2013, the Archives Association of Ontario awarded the Arthur A. Wishart Library and the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre its Institutional Award for contributing significantly to the advancement of the archival field or community and demonstrating a significant level of innovation and imagination in the establishment of outstanding or model programmes or services. 

Currently, Ken also serves as Vice-Chair of the Ontario Council of University Libraries.