07 August 2010

Changes at the Archives of Ontario

"As of July 30th, Miriam McTiernan has resigned as Archivist of Ontario and is leaving the Ontario Public Service. Ms. McTiernan was appointed Archivist of Ontario in March 2000."

This announcement, and further information on Ms. McTiernan's achievements as Archivist, is posted on the Canadian Library Association website at

David Nicoll, Corporate Chief Information and Technology Officer of Ontario, has been named as Acting Archivist of Ontario. In a posting on the Archives website Mr. Nicholl writes "The doors to our public service facility on York University's Keele campus are open, and the Archives of Ontario has entered an exciting new phase." and "Online and on location, we are committed to superior service delivery."

J. Brian Gilchrist, noted Canadian Genealogist and Archivist, speaks on behalf of the archives community in extending a warm welcome to the new (Acting) Archivist of Ontario, and expressing a willingness to work with him.

He writes, in an item posted on several Rootsweb groups and circulated to freinds, that he hopes the new Archivist "will breath new life into the Archives by developing more in-house and on-line tools to aid researchers in accessing the amazing collection of documents and information to which he now is entrusted to preserve and make available. May I respectfully suggest that one of Mr. Nicholl's first acts should be the restoration of extended access hours to The Archives Reading Room. Such action would ingratiate him to a huge base of dedicated researchers from a variety of fields and help to restore public faith in one of the greatest resources of our Province - it's Archives."

Thanks to Bruce Elliott for the tip

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