Summer 2001

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CAIN Committee Report
April 1, 2000 - March 31, 2001
Janet McMaster, Chair

The last year has been a busy one for the CAIN Committee. To begin with, we are responsible for a number of on-going activities, including:
* the maintenance and development of the ANA database
* the mounting of the newsletter on the web site
* the technical side of creating the virtual exhibit for Archives Week
* the maintenance and regular updating of the ASA's web site.

In addition, we are the primary liaison for CAIN (the Canadian Archival Information Network) activities, an initiative that is spearheaded by the Canadian Council of Archives. We were notified last fall that we would be receiving $41,500 for the first partial year of CAIN funding. Grant applications were due December 1st, and the funds had to be spent by March 31, 2001. Despite the tight time frames, we were able to fund a wide variety of projects that directly benefited a number of member institutions throughout the province. The following is a summary of the projects that were funded by the first year of CAIN funding:

* Two contract archivists were hired to complete fonds-levels descriptions from four difference institutions for inclusion in the ANA database.
* Web sites were developed for eight member institutions, and the ASA's web site was also revised and updated.
* Four scanners and four copies of Adobe Photoshop LE were purchased and distributed to four institutional members throughout the province.
* A large sample of existing descriptions from the ANA database were reviewed by a contract archivist, who provided us with a detailed report outlining inconsistencies with RAD and a number of recommendations for the future.
* Three digitization projects were completed.

Last year was also a busy year on the provincial front. As mentioned elsewhere, the Archives Society of Alberta received a grant in the amount of $1,225,000 from the Centennial Legacies Grant Program. Our committee provided some input into this application, and it is the intention to coordinate projects under the provincial program with CAIN funds to ensure that the member institutions throughout the province benefit from these grants.

The members of the CAIN Committee are: Susan Kooyman, Liana Haynes, Michael Gourlie, and Jane Parkinson (Board Liaison). I would like to thank them for their hard work and dedication over the past year.