2018 SAA Research Forum

Call for Participants and Presentations

Society of American Archivists 
2018 Research Forum
“Foundations and Innovations”
Tuesday, August 14, 9:00 am–5:00 pm 
Marriott Wardman Park  *  Washington, DC

Archivists from around the country and the world will convene at ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2018, the Joint Annual Meeting of the Council of State Archivists, National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators, and Society of American Archivists, in Washington, DC, August 12-18. 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 in Washington, DC, for the 12th 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. Here’s your chance to find collaborators or to help inform researchers about what questions and problems need to be tackled. The Forum features the full spectrum of research activities—from “pure” research to applied research to innovative practice—all of interest and value to the archives community. 

The organizers encourage submissions for the Research Forum that address 1) diversity and inclusion and/or 2) models for collaboration across domains (archives, libraries, galleries, and museums).

For ideas or to learn more about past Forums, see the 2007-2017 proceedings at http://archivists.org/proceedings/research-forum. Questions? Contact the organizers at researchforum@archivists.org – and watch for updates on the Forum’s webpage at http://archivists.org/proceedings/research-forum.

The 2018 Research Forum will feature a full day of presentations. The following events are planned:

  • Research Presentations and Posters (Tuesday, August 14, 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 30 minutes of this session will seek input for SAA’s 2019 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 2018 Joint 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. Please indicate whether you intend a platform or poster presentation.

Abstracts will be evaluated by a review committee co-chaired by Nance McGovern (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Heather Soyka (Kent State University).

Deadline for submission of abstracts: May 15, 2018. You will be notified of the review committee’s decision by July 2 (in advance of the Early-Bird registration deadline).

Submit your 250-word abstract no later than May 15 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.