Archives Staff

Ken Hernden, University Archivist & Associate University Librarian

Ken Hernden

Ken Hernden BA (Hons.), MLIS (Western University) is the University Archivist and an Associate University Librarian at Queen’s University with direct responsibility for the Queen’s University Archives and the W. D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections, as well as shared accountability as a member of the Vice-Provost and University Librarian’s senior team for the academic mission, strategic directions, and administration of the Queen’s University Library.  Before coming to Queen’s, Ken served for thirteen years as University Librarian and University Archivist at Algoma University, where he founded the Engracia de Jesus Matias Archives and Special Collections and was founding co-director of the Shingwauk Indian Residential Schools Centre.  He has also worked at Rush University (Chicago), York University (Toronto), and the North Bay Public Library.  Ken has served the wider academic library community as a board member and chair of the Ontario Council of University Libraries and is currently a board member for the Canadian Research Knowledge Network and chair of its Preservation and Access Committee.

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 Gervais

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 at Queen’s University Archives since 2001. He holds a Master of Archival Studies degree from the University of British Columbia (2000). 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 has served on numerous committees locally, provincially, and nationally, including terms as President of the Archives Association of Ontario and as Managing Editor of Archivaria. He has taught workshops on digital records and metadata in archives and presented papers on various topics related to digital archives over the past 20 years. His publications include "The Procrustean Bed: A History of the Arrangement of the Al Purdy fonds" Archivaria 76 (Fall 2013) 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). He is a collaborator with the Vulnerable Media Lab at Queen’s University, as well as with the Queen’s Wicked Ideas-funded project “Will Digital Art Have a Digital Future?: The Challenges of Preserving and Restoring Digital Born Cultures.” He recently completed his term as Co-Chair of the National Archival Appraisal Board Ad Hoc Committee for the Monetary Appraisal of Electronic Records, which resulted in the report Dollars for Digital: Evaluating Strategies for the Monetary Appraisal of Digital Content in Archival Donations. He continues to research on the challenges relating to the monetary appraisal of digital records.

Heather Home, Public Services/Private Records Archivist

Heather Home

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

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.