The 2011 SAA Annual Meeting will convene August 22-27 in SAA’s hometown - Chicago – the perfect place to commemorate the Society’s 75th Anniversary. The 2011 Program Committee invites you to propose sessions that will be of interest to the profession or volunteer to share your own knowledge and expertise as a presenter.
The 75th anniversary offers a wonderful opportunity for celebration and for us all to take a good look around – at SAA and its role as a professional organization, at the archives profession and its intersections with other professions and domains, and at ourselves as professionals in an evolving global information environment. With that in mind, the theme for the 2011 Annual Meeting is “ARCHIVES 360°.”
Organizations of all kinds have been using a 360° feedback process since the 1950s to acknowledge milestones, assess progress, identify ongoing challenges and opportunities, and formulate strategic directions. It is appropriate at this moment in our history to adapt a long-standing and proven process to:
The 360° feedback provided by program sessions will stimulate a timely review for SAA at all levels – upper (e.g., relationships with funders and administrators), middle (e.g., collaboration with peers and others), and baseline (e.g., professional development and competencies).
The ARCHIVES 360° theme extends to sessions that are introspective, retrospective – or just about any perspective that allows us to reflect and move on toward future anniversaries with renewed confidence, determination, and enthusiasm. One track of the 2011 program will be devoted to the 75th Anniversary. (For information about 75th Anniversary activities to be celebrated throughout 2011, see the SAA home page.)
Session proposals are welcome on any aspect of archives practice – local, national, and international – and its intersection with other professions and domains. Proposals will be evaluated on the strength of the 150-word abstract, the diversity of the speakers and their experience, the completeness of the proposal, and the inclusion of the meeting's theme. Session proposals that incorporate one or more of the following will be given special consideration:
The Program Committee encourages submission of proposals that may include, but are not limited to, the following formats:
Archivists and records managers who participate in the program must register and secure institutional or personal funding. Participants who are not archivists or records managers, or who are from outside the United States and Canada, may be eligible for complimentary registration upon request. SAA cannot provide funding for speakers, whether they are international, non-archivists, non-records managers, members, or nonmembers.
Proposals for the 2011 meeting are due on Friday, October 1, 2010. Please be prompt with your submissions; the Program Committee will not be able to consider proposals received after the deadline.
To endorse a session proposal, SAA board, committee, section, roundtable, or working group chairs/conveners should submit directly to the program co-chairs via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 15 the following information: Session Title, Group Name, and Group Chair. Endorsements are another factor in the Committee’s deliberations. They are not required and do not guarantee acceptance.
To prepare and submit a proposal, please complete the proposal form (see below) and email it as an attachment to email@example.com.
For additional information, contact the 2011 Program Committee co-chairs (Nancy McGovern and Richard Marciano) at firstname.lastname@example.org. To review names and contact information for the entire 2011 Program Committee, please click here.
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