2015 SAA Research Forum

Society of American Archivists
2015 Research Forum “Foundations and Innovations”

Tuesday, August 18, 9:00 am–5:00 pm
Cleveland Convention Center
Cleveland, Ohio


Participants’ enthusiastic response to the past eight Research Forums confirms that the full spectrum of research activities—from “pure” research to applied research to innovative practice—is of interest and value to the archives community. The 2015 Research Forum will build on previous success by continuing with a full day of presentations.

If you’re engaged in research . . . seeking to identify research-based solutions for your institution . . . willing to participate in the research cycle by serving as a beta site for research trials . . . or simply interested in what’s happening in research and innovation . . .

. . . then join us for the ninth annual SAA Research Forum: “Foundations and Innovations”!

Researchers, practitioners, educators, students, and the curious across all sectors of archives and records management are invited to participate. Use the Forum to discuss, debate, plan, organize, evaluate, or motivate research projects and initiatives. The event seeks to facilitate collaboration and help inform researchers about what questions and problems need to be tackled.

Archivists from around the country and the world will convene at ARCHIVES 2015, SAA’s 79th Annual Meeting. The Research Forum will provide a platform to acknowledge current—and encourage future—research and innovation from across the broad archives community and for the benefit of the archives profession.

Research Forum Events at ARCHIVES 2015

The following events are planned for 2015:

  • Research Presentations and Posters (Tuesday, August 18, 9:00 am–5:00 pm): Here’s your chance to present, discuss, listen to, or view research reports and results on a variety of topics. The final thirty minutes of this session will seek input for SAA’s 2016 Research Forum.
  • “Office Hours” in the Exhibit Hall (Thursday, August 20, and Friday, August 21): Research Forum organizers will be on hand to hear your ideas about the Forum and for ad hoc discussions about specific research projects.
  • Poster Sessions: Be sure to make time to visit the poster sessions, which will include practice innovation and research topics.

Call for Platform and Poster Presentations

SAA invites submission of abstracts (of 250 words or fewer) for either ten-minute platform presentations or poster presentations. Topics may address research on, or innovations in, any aspect of archives practice or records management in government, corporate, academic, scientific, or other setting. Presentations on research results that may have emerged since the 2015 Annual Meeting Call for Proposals deadline in October 2014 are welcome, as are reports on research completed within the past three years that you think is relevant and valuable for discussion. Please indicate whether you intend a platform or poster presentation.

Abstracts will be evaluated by a review committee co-chaired by Nancy McGovern (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Helen Tibbo (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill).

Deadline for submission of abstracts: May 1, 2015. You will be notified of the review committee’s decision by July 1 (in advance of the Early-Bird registration deadline). The agenda will be published in early August.

Submit your 250-word abstract no later than May 1 via email to researchforum@archivists.org. Please be sure to include a title and your name, affiliation, email address, and whether your proposal is for a platform or poster presentation.