Nance McGovern 2017-03-09 10:37:29
Every SAA Annual Meeting is important—it’s our once-a-year time to get as many of us together as possible in person and virtually. This year’s meeting in Portland, July 23–29, is especially significant, and here’s why. The Theme The theme alike/different intentionally and explicitly aligns with SAA’s commitment to make progress on diversity and inclusion in every way we can. The theme will play out through the week in sessions, programming, and the Research Forum. One important focus within this theme is professional inclusion, especially at this point in history. Profound transformations in the creation, management, and use of archival records and special collections affect us all, making this an ideal time to reach out to affiliated professions to consider shared objectives for collaboration as well as distinct challenges we face in our fields. This year we are making a special effort to reach out to leaders of allied professional associations to invite them to the SAA Annual Meeting—just as many have invited SAA representatives to their meetings in the past. If you have suggestions for organizations we might contact, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Liberated Archive Forum For the first time, SAA is hosting a focused all-day forum on Saturday, July 29: The Liberated Archive: A Forum for Envisioning and Implementing a Community-Based Approach to Archives. An increasing number of archivists are working with communities of all kinds to identify, care for, and make available community archives. Attendees will engage in structured and open sessions to address a wide range of issues and consider ways to adopt and adapt practice to the needs of community archives. From my perspective, digital content—digitized and born digital—offer opportunities and challenges to explore for protecting and making available community-based archives in ways that are only now becoming possible. I hope that many of you have submitted your proposals for sessions (due March 13) and more of you are already planning to attend! The Research Forum For the 11th Annual Research Forum, we are inviting submissions (due May 16) that address this year’s theme, as well as our usual range of topics, to explore how we might improve, extend, and better understand the many facets of archival theory and practice. We usually require poster presenters to be present. This year we are trying digital-only posters (and figuring out what that will mean!) That address the alike/different theme of the Annual Meeting and/or The Liberated Archive forum. Find more details at http://www2.archivists.org/proceedings/research-forum/2017/call. The Venue: And finally, SAA is trying out Portland, Oregon, in response to feedback from members. Washington, DC, and Chicago will probably always be our most well-attended meetings. To make venues like this year’s feasible, let’s see how close we can come to topping those big venues. Looking forward to seeing you all there!
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