Pre-Conference Activities

Come to Austin early! Enhance your conference experience— and make the most of your professional development budget— by attending a one- or two-day course before the conference—and return to work with new knowledge and skills that you can put to use right away….

Class size is limited to ensure interaction between the instructor(s) and participants. Pre-conference Course fees are in addition to conference fees.You do not need to attend the joint annual meeting in order to attend pre-conference courses.

For the most complete and up-to-date information about the program see the online Conference Schedule at

Pre-Conference Courses

Wednesday, July 31

Thursday, August 1

Help us plan development of a new SAA Management Track! Join your colleagues for an invigorating day of presentations, discussions, and debate about the many facets of management—so that we can develop the “right” training to meet members’ needs. The day includes three interrelated conversations
  • Lightning talks by your management peers on such topics as financial management/budgeting, personnel management, team-building, soft skills, advocacy, IT and facilities, DEI, and more. (Propose a lightning talk here, before May 31:
  • A “pitch and two feet” style unconference to generate discussion, networking, and insight into the complexities of archives management.
  • An “SAA Think Tank” discussion about new and emerging continuing education needs for archives managers.

Friday, August 2

SAA Research Forum
Join your colleagues for “Foundations and Innovations,” the 13th Annual SAA Research Forum, where you’ll learn about what’s happening in research and innovation—and maybe find some research-based solutions for your institution. (The deadline for platform and poster proposals is May 15. Read the Call for Proposals at


  • American Archivist Editorial Board
  • Committee on Education
  • Committee on Research, Data, and Assessment
  • Committee on Ethics and Professional Conduct
  • Dictionary Working Group
  • Diversity Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Intellectual Property Working Group
  • Membership Committee (and Subcommittees)
  • Publications Board
  • Standards Committee (and Technical Subcommittees)


Repository Tours and Open Houses: The Host Committee is arranging for tours and open houses on Friday at some of the coolest repositories in the Austin area. Watch the conference website at for information. (Under “Schedule,” click on “Special Events.”) 

Service Projects: Watch the conference website — — for opportunities to give back to the Austin community during the conference.

Academy of Certified Archivists Certification Examination

Reference, Access, and Outreach Section Teaching with Primary Sources Unconference at the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin, 300 West 21st Street

SAA Leadership Orientation and Forum

Annual Meeting referenced: 

CoSA and SAA thank the following Conference Sponsors for their support!