DIY Archiving

December 11, 2019 - 6:00 pm

OISE Room 5-250
252 Bloor Street West

Please join us for the final workshop in our fall series!

The Toronto Anarchist Bookfair, Dr. Chun Resource Library, OPIRG Toronto, and Alternative Toronto present:


In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the basics of DIY digital archiving. Traditionally, archives have been monopolized by the state and its institutions, thereby limiting the ability to archive history to only those in a position of power. As a result, the voices of those existing within the margins and the stories of their resistance are largely left out of mainstream archives. Anarchist, grassroots, and independent recordkeeping practices are a means to subvert the power exerted by mainstream archives by ensuring the histories of the people are preserved by and for the people.

In partnership with Alternative Toronto ( and the Dr. Chun Resource Library, OPIRG Toronto has been in the process of digitizing its records and digitally archiving its long history of activism and community organizing. We will speak to the process that grassroots archiving has taken us through over the past several months, and use this as an example for teaching participants the concrete steps of DIY digital archiving.

We encourage participants to bring any materials they might want to begin archiving, and we will work them into the content of the workshop.

About the presenter:
OPIRG Toronto is a social and environmental justice organization based on the University of Toronto campus, with a mandate for research, education and action. The Dr. Chun Resource Library is jointly funded by OPIRG Toronto. It exists as a space for community members and U of T students to access factual, critical and alternative materials that facilitate resistance to oppression among and between communities that have traditionally been left out of mainstream political mobilizing.

***** Accessibility info *****
-The exterior doors can be accessed by a ramp and are manual-only. (please note that due to construction the building can only be accessed on the east side). The workshop room can be accessed by elevator, and has a push-button door.
-There is a single-stall washroom available.
-We regret that we are not able to provide ASL interpretation
-This is a child-friendly event
-Please avoid wearing scented products to the extent that you can
-Please contact us with any other accessibility questions/concerns