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Grant Hurley | Research

Research Interests: I am interested in many things relating to archives and libraries, including: making digital preservation activities accessible and actionable; digital preservation workflows, standards and certification; open government, open data, and citizen engagement; and subjects relating to archival theory and practice more broadly, such as community archives and decolonization.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Hurley, G. (2017). Your comments here: Contextualizing technologies, seeking records and supporting transparency for citizen engagement. Tidsskriftet Arkiv, 8(1), 1-25. doi: 10.7577/ta.1956

Hurley, G. (2016). Community archives, community clouds: Enabling digital preservation for small archives. Archivaria, 82, 129-150.

Hurley, G. (2015). Student publications at UBC’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies: An anecdotal bibliography. See Also, 1(1), 1-9.

Szabo, I., Hurley, G., Cavaghan, S., & Irwin, D. E. (2014). A call for the preservation of images, recordings, and other data in association with avian genetic samples, and the introduction of a solution: OMBIRDS. The Auk, 131(3), 321-326. doi: 10.1642/AUK-13-237.1


Hurley, G. (forthcoming). “Robert Van De Peer: A master printmaker’s career between three saints.” The Devil’s Artisan 83.

Book Chapters

Hurley, G. (forthcoming). Digital bibliodiversity at Scholars Portal: Bridging standards and practices for e-books preservation. In J. Myntti & J. Zoom (Eds.) Digital preservation in libraries: Preparing for a sustainable future. Chicago: Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, American Library Association.

Hurley, G. (2015). Archival reappraisal. In L. Duranti & P. Franks (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Archival Science (pp. 80-82). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Hurley, G. (2011). Money is time: Case studies in small Canadian regional archives. In K. Garay & C. Verduyn (Eds.), Archival narratives for Canada: Re-telling stories in a changing landscape (pp. 98-113). Halifax: Fernwood.

Conference Proceedings

McLelland, R., Hackett, Y., Hurley, G., & Collins, D. (2014). Agreements between cloud service providers and their clients: A review of contract terms. Proceedings from 2nd Annual Conference of the International Council on Archives. 11th-15th October, 2014. Girona, Spain.


Hurley, G., Léveillé V., & McDonald, J. (2016). Managing records of citizen engagement initiatives: A primer. Vancouver, BC: InterPARES Trust.

McLelland, R., Hurley, G., & Collins, D. (2016). Contract terms with cloud service providers. Vancouver, BC: InterPARES Trust.


Hurley, G. (2012). The lyric west: Reading the Vancouver Poetry Society, 1916-1974. (Unpublished master of arts dissertation). University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Hurley, G. (2010). Coming of age: Canadian children’s literature and national identities, 1900-1945 (Unpublished bachelor of arts dissertation). Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick.

Conference Presentations & Posters

Hurley, G. (2018). Results of the CARL DPWG survey of digital preservation capacity and needs at Canadian memory institutions. @Risk North 2: Digital Collections | Collections numériques en peril. Montreal, QC. 9 November, 2018.

Hurley, G. (2018). “Open government and archives and records management: Say AAAA.” Truths, Trust and Technology. Association of Canadian Archivists 2018 Conference. 7-9 June 2018. Edmonton, Alberta.

Jamieson, K., Whittle, B., Smith, C., Hurley, G. & Whyte, J. (2018). “Go with the flow: Digital archiving workflows.” Truths, Trust and Technology. Association of Canadian Archivists 2018 Conference. 7-9 June 2018. Edmonton, Alberta.

Hurley, G. & Janes, S. (2017). Collaborative digital preservation in the cloud: Phase one of the Permafrost project. Come Together: Meaningful Collaboration in a Connected World. Archives Association of Ontario 2017 Conference. 26-28 April 2017. Toronto, Ontario.

Davis, K. & Hurley, G. (2017). eBooks preservation at Scholars Portal. eBooks and the Academic Library Market: The Charlotte Initiative Open Conference. 9-10 March, 2017. Charlotte, North Carolina.

Leahey, A. & Hurley, G. (2017). Developing integrated workflows for data curation and preservation in libraries. 12th International Digital Curation Conference. 20-23 February, 2017. Edinburgh, Scotland.

Hurley, G. (2016). Digital participation wanted: Seeking records and supporting transparency for technology-driven citizen engagement. InterPARES Trust International Symposium. 9 December, 2016. Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand.

Hurley, G. (2016). Contextualizing Technologies for Citizen Engagement: Seeking Records and Supporting Transparency. Trust and Transparency in E-Government International Conference. 26 October, 2016. Høgskolen i Oslo og Akershus, Oslo, Norway.

Hurley, G. (2016). The long-term preservation of digital records and information. 7th Annual Information Management Session, Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada. 11 June, 2016. Banff, Alberta.

Hurley, G. (2013). Determining a signature B.C. wine grape. UBC iSchool Visual Analytics Class Poster Session. 26 November, 2013. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Hurley, G. (2013). Reconciling the archive: Library and Archives Canada versus the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Endnotes Graduate Conference in English. 11-12 May, 2013. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Hurley, G. (2011). Seth and Canadian archival narrative. Association of Canadian College and University Teachers in English Conference. 28-31 May, 2011. Congress of Social Sciences and Humanities, Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Hurley, G. (2010). ‘Work at Home’: Gender and Nation in Canadian children’s fiction, 1830-1900. Second Annual Latin American and Latino/a Studies Conference. 12 April, 2010. Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.

Hurley, G. (2009). Money is time: Case studies in regional archives. Third Biennial Archives in Canada Conference: Archives and the Canadian Narrative. 10-12 June, 2009. Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick.

Talks & Lectures

“Digital Preservation is People: Thinking About Digital Skills for Archivists.” Archives Association of Ontario Institutional Forum. Toronto, Ontario. 25 October, 2018.

Digital Preservation Panel participant. Association of Canadian Archivists, University of Toronto Student Chapter. Toronto, Ontario. 2 November, 2017.

Commentary and discussion moderation for special screening of Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell. Association of Canadian Archivists Conference 2017: Archives, Disrupted. Mayfair Theatre, Ottawa, Ontario. 8 June, 2017.

“Mapping generic user workflows for digital preservation: How special is your snowflake?” Lightning talk at The Archives and Technology Unconference (TAATU) 2017. City of Ottawa Archives, Ottawa, Ontario. 7 June, 2017.

“Preserving Digital Things: Projects, Plans and Debates in 2017.” For HIST 4851: Introduction to Archival Science, Lakehead University. Thunder Bay, Ontario. 31 March, 2017.

“Digital Preservation 2067: Keeping Our Digital Memory from Here on Out.” Northwestern Ontario Archivists’ Association. Thunder Bay, Ontario. 30 March, 2017.

Professional Panel on Digital Archives participant. Association of Canadian Archivists, University of Toronto Student Chapter. Toronto, Ontario. 24 January, 2017.

Exhibitions & History Projects

150th Anniversary of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. 28-29 May, 2016 for Doors Open Toronto and online. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario.

Settling the language: Dictionaries and language change, 1490 to today. 3 June - 15 August, 2015. Rare Books and Special Collections, University of British Columbia.

The first Roman Catholic chuch and cemetery, 1825-1859. St. Andrews, New Brunswick: Church of Saint Andrew, 2010.