2016 SAA Research Forum


Society of American Archivists 

Research Forum

 “Foundations and Innovations”

 Tuesday, August 2, 9:00 am–5:00 pm 

 Hilton Atlanta  •  Atlanta, Georgia

Participants’ enthusiastic response to the past nine 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 10th Annual SAA 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 10th 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*RECORDS 2016, the Joint Annual Meeting of CoSA and SAA in Atlanta, July 31–August 2.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.

In celebration of this 10th anniversary, please consider submitting a proposal that looks back at the first nine years (see the accumulated proceedings of the Research Forum online at http://archivists.org/proceedings/research-forum) and/or ahead to the next decade. You might identify trends in research methodology that are reflected in past platform and poster presentations; review the coverage of particular topics of interest to you; consider the archives community’s progress in producing research outcomes; look at gaps in the Forum’s coverage that might be addressed in the future; or develop any other topic that relates to the past, present, or future of the SAA Research Forum. If you have questions about using the Research Proceedings to address a topic of interest, please send it to researchforum@archivists.org—and watch for updates on the Forum’s webpage: http://archivists.org/proceedings/research-forum.

The following events are planned for 2016:

  • Research Presentations and Posters (Tuesday, August 2, 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 2017 Research Forum.
  • 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 10-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 2016 Annual Meeting Call for Proposals deadline are welcome, as are reports on research completed within the past three years that you think is relevant and valuable for discussion. Topics that address the 10th Anniversary of the Research Forum are especially welcome this year. 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, 2016. Deadline extended to May 16. You will be notified of the review committee’s decision by July 1 (in advance of the Early-Bird registration deadline).

Submit your 250-word abstract no later than May 16 via email to researchforum@archivists.org

Please be sure to include: Presentation title, your name, affiliation, email address, and whether your proposal is for a platform or poster presentation.


CoSA and SAA thank the following Sponsors for their Generous Support!