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Ken Hernden, University Archivist & Associate University Librarian


Ken Hernden BA (Hons.), MLIS (Western University) serves as University Archivist and Associate University Librarian with responsibilities for the Queen’s University Archives and the W. D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections. The position is a member of the Vice-Provost (Digital Planning) and University Librarian’s senior team that focuses on further enhancing Queen’s University Library’s role as a cultural heritage organization.  Ken served for the past thirteen years as University Librarian and University Archivist at Algoma University.  At Algoma, he created the Engracia de Jesus Matias Archives and Special Collections and in collaboration with the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association (CSAA) -- former students of the Shingwauk Indian Residential School on whose site Algoma University now operates -- Ken led the transformation of the volunteer-driven Shingwauk Project into a permanent, professionally run department and repository --  the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre (SRSC) under joint university and CSAA management.  For 2017-2018, Ken was seconded from Algoma University to its Indigenous Institute partner, Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig, to secure funding for and to develop the National Chiefs’ Library, a combined library, archives and gallery, which is now the official repository for the records of the National Chiefs and the Assembly of First Nations.  Previously, Ken served as Head of Reference, Audio-Visual and Systems at the North Bay Public Library, as Adjunct Archivist at York University, and as Librarian/Archivist at Rush University (Chicago, Ill.). He has also served as co-director of the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre, Diocesan Archivist for the Anglican Diocese of Algoma, and as Chair of the Ontario Council of University Libraries.

Deirdre Bryden, Archivist (University Records)

Deirdre Bryden

Deirdre Bryden is Archivist (University Records) at Queen's University Archives. She has a Master of Archival Studies from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology and Classical Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University. Prior to working at Queen's, she was employed as an archivist at the World Bank Group Archives in Washington, D.C. She has also worked as the archivist for the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph Archives in Kingston, and as a description archivist for the Council of Nova Scotia Archives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Deirdre has served on the Boards of the Archives Association of Ontario and the Association of Canadian Archivists.

Lisa Gervais, Reference Assistant

Lisa began her career with Queen’s University Library in 1988. She has had the pleasure of working in several libraries and library departments, enabling her to develop a wide variety of skills, especially in public service. In 2018, Lisa joined Archives, where she provides support to the Archivists in the reading room and the general office.

Jeremy Heil, Digital and Private Records Archivist

Jeremy Heil

Jeremy Heil has been the Digital and Private Records Archivist (formerly Technical Services Archivist) at Queen’s University Archives since 2001. He holds a Master of Archival Studies degree from the University of British Columbia and a B.A. (Honours) in History and Visual Arts from Brock University. Prior to working at Queen’s, he was employed as an archivist with the Chung Collection in Vancouver, and in the Private Records Section of the Provincial Archives of Alberta. He is former president of the Archives Association of Ontario, and has served on numerous committees locally, provincially and nationally over the years. He has taught workshops on digital records, photographs and artworks in archives, and presented papers on various topics.  His publications include "The Procrustean Bed: A History of the Arrangement of the Al Purdy fonds" Archivaria 76 (Fall 2013), https://archivaria.ca/index.php/archivaria/article/view/13457/14773 and "Stones: Using Mashups to Understand a City’s Social Tapestry,” The Interactive Archivist: Case Studies in Utilizing Web 2.0 to Improve the Archival Experience (Society of American Archivists, 2009), http://interactivearchivist.archivists.org/case-studies/stones/. He currently serves as Director at Large (2020-2022) for the Association of Canadian Archivists, as Chair of the Access to Memory Foundation, and as Co-Chair of the National Archival Appraisal Board Ad Hoc Committee for the Monetary Appraisal of Electronic Records.

Heather Home, Public Services/Private Records Archivist

Heather Home has been the Public Services/Private Records Archivist at Queen's Archives since September 2001. Prior to arriving at Queen's, she worked at the Provincial Archives of Alberta in the Private Records Division, as well as CBC Vancouver within the film archives. Heather holds a Master of Archival Studies (M.A.S.) from the University of British Columbia and a B.A. (Honours) in Cultural Studies from Trent University. Over the past decade she has served on a variety of local, and national, boards and committees for the Association of Canadian Archivists, the Cataraqui Archaeological Research Foundation, Archives Association of Ontario, Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries, and Historic Sites and the City of Kingston. Ms. Home’s research interests include the documentation and conservation of media arts heritage, early 20th century Canadian women artists archives and the use of archival material in the creation of imaginative works.

Shan Jin, Records Analyst / Archivist

Shan Jin 

Graduated from Dalhousie University's MLIS program in 2004, Shan Jin has worked in the Archives and Records Centre of the City of Thunder Bay and Nova Scotia Department of Public Works and Transportation. She has been working as Records Analyst / Archivist at Queen’s University since 2007. Her main duties include developing records retention schedules and providing advisory services on records management issues. Miss Jin has obtained Certified Records Manager (CRM) and Certified Information Professional (CIP) designations in 2011 and 2012. In 2015, Ms. Jin conducted a comprehensive research on “Records Management in Canadian Universities” by interviewing 26 records professionals, archivists and privacy officers from 21 Canadian Universities. The research findings were published in ARMA Canada’s publication – Sagesse.

Nataša Krsmanović, Conservator

Natasa Krsmanovic is the Conservator responsible for managing the preservation and conservation program for Queen’s University Library’s archives and special collections division (Queen’s University Archives and W. D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections). Natasa holds a Master of Art Conservation degree and B.A. (Honours) in Art History from Queen’s University. Prior to her arrival, Natasa was employed by the University of St. Michael’s College as Manager of Conservation at the John M. Kelly Library. She has also worked as Conservator, Books at Library and Archives Canada, and as Assistant Conservator/Binder at the Library of Parliament. Natasa is a member of the Canadian Association for Conservation/ Association canadienne pour la conservation et la restauration (CAC-ACCR) and serves as the Kingston regional representative.