Saturday, September 7, 2013

CFP - Society of Southwest Archivists

Did you miss the SAA conference in New Orleans? Or did you attend and wish you could go back? Well, here's your chance!

The Society of Southwest Archivists & the Southern Archives Conference are holding a joint annual meeting in the Crescent City May 27-31, 2014.

The Program Committee is currently soliciting conference sessions proposals with the deadline of November 27, 2013.

The form for submissions is available here:

This year's conference theme is "Casting a Wide Net," and we are eager for session presentations on a wide range of topics. Some suggested session themes are:

·       Museum archives

·       Oral History collections

·       Film archives/collections

·       Public History programs

·       Archival Educators

·       Records Management

·       Religious archives/collections

·       Small historical societies

·       Appraisers / agents / sellers

·       Intellectual property issues

·       Facilities / buildings / shelving [moving collections; space management]

·       County records

·       Military archives/collections

We welcome traditional conference sessions consisting of 3 presenters + a chair to moderate, as well as more informal panel discussions.

And this year we are hoping to try something new and have a "boot camp" thread throughout the conference. These sessions would be led by one or two presenters and would provide a more in-depth focus on a particular topic. The idea is to provide a "how to" type experience for attendees that includes issues, trends, and tips. Suggested themes for these sessions include:

·       Recruiting & training volunteers

·       Strategic planning

·       Mobile archives

·       Crowd-funding and other trends in development

·       Disaster planning

·       Archives job hunt

·       Exhibition planning

·       Succession planning in archives

·       Marketing & branding

·       Publishing in the archives field

·       Friends groups & advisory boards

We hope that you will consider submitting a session proposal on one of these, or other, topics.