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Grant Hurley | About

Grant Hurley Hello. I am an archivist and librarian. I currently work as the Digital Preservation Librarian for Scholars Portal, a service of the Ontario Council of University Libraries. OCUL is a consortium of academic libraries in Ontario. In this role, I am responsible for supporting the preservation of shared licenced content content such as ejournals and books and helping our members preserve their own digital assets. I oversee developing and maintaing services and projects, research issues and questions, keep on top of digital preservation happenings, design and implement workflows, and consult on licencing issues. I also serve as Director without Portfolio and Off the Record Editor with the Archives Association of Ontario, as an Ex Officio Director and Book Design Awards Catalogue Project Manager for The Alcuin Society, and as a researcher with the InterPARES Trust project.

I started my career as a summer archives assistant at the Charlotte County Archives in my hometown of St. Andrews, New Brunswick. I was 16 and it was my first real summer job - and it turns out, led to my career! I returned to the Archives for three summers after that, and in that time, fell in love with the exciting and dynamic work that happens in archives on a daily basis. After pursuing a research interest in Canadian literature through a BA and MA, I completed the Dual Master of Archival Studies and Master of Library and Information Studies program at the University of British Columbia in 2015.

Outside of my work, I love to cook up big meals, shake up cocktails, collect Canadian music of the 1960s and 70s, go on hikes, and read thick and thin books. I’ve been slowly working through WSET certification levels in wine knowledge, so hit me with your wine questions in addition to your archival ones.

Articles on my Work

“Will Anybody Care?: A Small Press Author Contemplates Archiving in the Digital Age”
2017 article by Mark Sampson in Canadian Notes and Queries no. 100 featuring myself, Jess Whyte and Natalya Rattan talking about digital archives work.

“The Alcuin Awards: Celebrating Canadian Design Through Beautiful Books” 2017 article on the Alcuin Society’s 2016 awards and my work as Catalogue Project Manager.

“Grant Hurley and the Kent Family fonds”
2015 article by yours truly on my work experience at the City of Toronto Archives for their 2014 Annual Report.

“2014 UBC iSchool (SLAIS) MAS Co-op Student of the Year”
2014 article on my work experience at Teck Resources Ltd. and UBC Arts Co-op Award.

“UBC Celebrates Opening of Special Collections Room”
2014 article describing my work setting up UBC Okanagan’s Special Collections.

“Surprise: It’s Riesling and Syrah - Analysis points to British Columbia’s Candidates for Signature Grapes”
2014 article on my UBC visual analytics class project to identify BC’s signature wine grapes.

“Cowan Tetrapod Databases Have Evolved!”
2012 article on my work with the Beaty Biodiversity Museum.


Archives Association of Ontario

I write regular items and an editorial for Off the Record, the newsletter of the Archives Association of Ontario:

Current Issues (Members Only)

33.4 - Fall 2017 “Message from the Editor”

33.3 - Summer 2017 “Message from the Editor”

33.2 - Spring 2017 “Message from the Editor” & “Archives in Fiction: Bear (1976)”

33.1 - Winter 2017 “Message from the Editor” & “Archives in Fiction: Consolation (2006)”

Open Issues

32.4 - Fall 2016 - Special Issue on Archives and Indigenous Issues “Message from the Editor”

32.3 - Summer 2016 “Message from the Editor” & “Food in the Archives: The Labatt Collection”

32.2 - Spring 2016 “Message from the Editor” & “Food in the Archives: Cooking with Hannah Glasse”

32.1 - Winter 2016 “Message from the Editor” & “Food in the Archives: Benson’s Strong Ale”

The Alcuin Society


I write regularly for the Alcuin Society on book arts, book design, and book collecting here.

Book Design Awards

Preface to The Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada 2016 catalogue.


Hurley, G. (2014). Book Traces: Preserving bibliodiversity. Amphora 168: 23-24.


Vancouver notables: Book artist Emma Lehto. January 6, 2014. Sad Mag blog post

Dispatches: Kombucha 101 at Homesteader’s Emporium. November 16, 2013. Sad Mag blog post

Vancouver notables: Rick Havlak. November 2, 2013. Sad Mag blog post