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Grant Hurley | About

Grant Hurley Hello. I am an archivist and librarian. I work as the Digital Preservation Librarian for Scholars Portal, the information technology service for the Ontario Council of University Libraries. The work of digital archives and preservation is firmly grounded in the lands where digital records are stewarded and where its practitioners and stakeholders live and work. I am grateful to be on the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River.

At Scholars Portal, I am responsible for overseeing the preservation of shared licensed content content, such as journals and books, and developing, maintaining and supporting services to enable our members preserve their own digital assets. My responsibilities include maintaining the Scholars Portal Trustworthy Digital Repository, running the Permafrost digital preservation service, and developing new services and training opportunities to meet member needs. In my service roles, I participate in committees and working groups to coordinate activities and share knowledge regionally, nationally, and internationally, and I love teaching workshops on digital preservation for a range of audiences, including as a sessional instructor for the University of Toronto’s iSchool. I’m always happy to talk about my work with others and you can find my mentorship profile on Alimb. My pronouns are he/his.

I started my career as a summer archives assistant at the Charlotte County Archives in my hometown of St. Andrews, New Brunswick on the traditional and unceded territory of the Peskotomuhkati (Passamaquoddy). 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 just finished the WSET Level 3 certification in wine, 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.

“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.


Off the Record

Between 2016 and 2020, I wrote an editorial and occaisonal pieces for Off the Record, the newsletter of the Archives Association of Ontario:

36.4 - Fall 2020 Editorial

36.3 - Summer 2020 Editorial

36.2 - Spring 2020 Editorial

36.1 - Winter 2020 Editorial

35.4 - Fall 2019 Editorial

35.3 - Summer 2019 Editorial

35.2 - Spring 2019 Editorial

35.1 - Winter 2019 Editorial & “Archives in Fiction: Alice Munro, Willa Cather and Archival Narratives of Place on Grand Manan Island”

34.4 - Fall 2018 Editorial

34.3 - Summer 2018 Editorial & “Archives in Fiction: It’s a Good Life, If You Don’t Weaken (1996) and Other Works by Seth”

34.2 - Spring 2018 Editorial

34.1 - Winter 2018 Editorial

33.4 - Fall 2017 Editorial

33.3 - Summer 2017 Editorial

33.2 - Spring 2017 Editorial & “Archives in Fiction: Bear (1976)”

33.1 - Winter 2017 Editorial & “Archives in Fiction: Consolation (2006)”

32.4 - Fall 2016 - Special Issue on Archives and Indigenous Issues Editorial

32.3 - Summer 2016 Editorial & “Food in the Archives: The Labatt Collection”

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

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

The Alcuin Society

Book Design Awards

Preface to The Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada, 2018.

Preface to The Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada, 2017.

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


Hurley, G. (2019). Witnessing the Remembering of Creation. Amphora 181: 3-7.

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