The AMIA Education Committee and community would like to offer a warm welcome to our newest student chapter, Ryerson. Below is a guest post from Ryerson about who they are, what they’ve been up to, and their plans for the future of the group. Their current chapter information can be found here.
The AMIA student chapter at Ryerson is excited to announce their official launch! The chapter is located in Toronto, through Ryerson University’s Film Preservation and Collections Management Master’s program. We are thrilled to be joining the conversation around moving image preservation with our fellow student chapters and the AMIA community. As the only program dedicated to film preservation in Canada, we felt the need to create a student chapter to represent our growing moving image preservation program and to join the University of Toronto Chapter in representing AMIA in Canada.
Although the chapter just launched last Fall 2016, we’ve had several events to celebrate our first term. For instance, members of the chapter organized a monthly archival screening of non-fiction or independently produced films. Last November, we held a screening for the 1984 film by Diego Echeverria Los Sures and in December the second year Film Preservation cohort programmed a screening titled Out of the Fog: Films from Atlantic Canada, which included several 16mm prints loaned by regional archives.
The student chapter also organized a tour of the Archives of Ontario in December. We hope to organize several tours of local archives and cultural institutions in order to allow our members to meet and talk to professional archivists in the region. In March, we collaborated with our mentor chapter at the University of Toronto, co-hosting a 16mm screening night titled Choose Your Own Film, and will work with them again at a panel at the Archives Association of Ontario’s conference in April.