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:

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.

2015 SAA Research Forum Agenda

Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Room 26A (Cleveland Convention Center) 

Read abstracts and author bios via the online conference schedule. 

9:00-9:10 AM             Welcome and Logistics

Helen Tibbo, Research Forum Co-Chair

9:10-9:30 AM             Session 1: Building Collections

CRM in the Archives [Abstract/Bio/Slides]

Andrea Bainbridge (DePaul University)

Drips Gallery [Abstract/Bio/Slides]

Farah Jindani and Alexandra Lederman (CUNY Queens)

9:30-10:00 AM           Session 2: Archival Investigations

Toward a Network of Marks: Exploring and Exposing Readers' Marginalia in the Naseeb Shaheen Antiquarian Bible Collections [Abstract/Bio/Slides]

Kris Bronstad and Chris Caldwell (University of Tennessee)

It Gets Complicated: Sharing Houston's Astrodome Memories [Abstract/Bio/Slides]

Danielle Plumer (DCPlumer Associates), Vince Lee (University of Houston), and Amanda Focke (Rice University)

10:00-10:30 AM         Break

10:30-11:00 AM         Session 3: Expanding Collections Discovery

Stories of Impact: The Role of Narrative in Understanding the Value and Impact of Digital Collections [Abstract/Bio/Slides]

Ricardo L. Punzalan (University of Maryland)

Friend, Foe or Frenemy?: Relationship Vocabularies as a Source of Power and Confusion [Abstract/Bio/Slides]

Katherine M. Wisser (Simmons College)

11:00-11:30 AM         Session 4: Innovations in Description

The Middle Way: An EAC-CPF Exploratory Project [Abstract/Bio/Slides]

Kate Bowers (Harvard University)                                  

Metadata and Aggregate Control of Scientific Data [Abstract/Bio/Slides]

Jinfang Niu (University of South Florida)

Transformation and Enrichment: Activating Archival Descriptions as Linked Data [Abstract/Bio/Slides]

Jeff Mixter and Bruce Washburn (OCLC Research)

11:30-Noon     Session 5: Authenticity and Significance

Collecting Practices for, and Perceived Research Value of, Social Media Data [Abstract/Bio/Slides]

Brian Dietz (North Carolina State University)

Virtual Authenticity in Practice [Abstract/Bio/Slides]

Corinne Rogers (University of British Columbia)

Noon-1:10 PM            Lunch

1:10-1:30 PM             Session 6: Enabling Instruction

Click It: Implementing Classroom Response Systems alongside Archival Instruction [Abstract/Bio/Slides]

Christina Thompson Shutt (Hendrix College)

Teaching Archival Literacy: The Challenges and Opportunities of Developing an Undergraduate Archival Studies Curriculum [Abstract/Bio/Slides]

Marika Cifor and Stacy Wood (University of California, Los Angeles)

1:30-2:30 PM             Posters Session (see list of posters below)

2:30-3:00 PM             Break (and extra time for posters)

3:00-3:30 PM              Session 7: Digital Dilemmas

What Do We Gain/What Do We Lose? The Web: Digital History and Digital Archives [Abstract/Bio]

Susanne Belovari (University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign)

Visual Archive Prototype [Abstract/Bio/Slides]

Jennifer Stevenson (University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee)

Email Appraisal Solutions for the Cultural Heritage Sector: A Case Study [Abstract/Bio/Slides]

Anthony Cocciolo (Pratt Institute)

3:30-4:00 PM             Session 8: Archival Challenges and Progress

Evidence of Growth and Change in Archival Practice: 77 Years of the American Archivist [Abstract/Bio/Slides]

Thomas D. Walker (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

Accessing Restricted Records While Protecting Personal Data: An Ethical Balancing Act [Abstract/Bio/Slides]

Jameatris Rimkus and Cara Bertram (University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign)

Voices from Every Angle: An Experiment in Documenting Contemporary Art [Abstract/Bio/Slides]

Colin Post (University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill)

4:00-4:30 PM             Session 9: Enabling Access

A Detailed Analysis of Three Million MARC Records for Archival Materials [Abstract/Bio/Slides]

Jackie Dooley (OCLC Research)

Analyzing Rights Statements in Cultural Heritage Aggregators [Abstract/Bio/Slides]

Mark A. Matienzo (Digital Public Library of America)

4:30-4:50 PM             Session 10: Digital Advances

“We Have the Technology. We Can Make it Better than it Was.”: An Experiment in the Rapid Mass Digitization of Archival Material [Abstract/Bio/Slides]

Lindsay Dumas (Harvard University)

Archivematica Integrations: Handshaking towards Sustainable Digital Preservation [Abstract/Bio/Slides]

Courtney C. Mumma (Artefactual Systems, Inc.)

4:50-5:00 PM             Wrap up

Nancy Y. McGovern, Research Forum Co-Chair


Open Access to Government Data: A View of the Playing Field [Abstract/Bio/Poster]

Suzie Allard (University of Tennessee), Alice Bishop (CLIR), Christopher (Cal ) Lee (UNC Chapel Hill), and Nancy McGovern (MIT Libraries)

“Keep It Simple” Accessioning [Abstract/Bio/Poster]

Andrea Bainbridge (DePaul University)

Revisiting Backlog Processing with MPLP [Abstract/Bio/Poster]

Stefanie Caloia (Wayne State University)

Establishing the In-House Internet Archive Digitization Workflow [Abstract/Bio/Poster]

Eric Cartier (University of Maryland, College Park)

Pedagogical Strategies for Fostering Pluralism in Archival Studies [Abstract/Bio/Poster]

Janet Ceja Alcala (Simmons College), Cordelia L. Hooee (University of Arizona), Jessica Kniest (University of Arizona), Hanni Nabahe (University of Arizona), and Monique Perez (University of Arizona)

Controlled Vocabulary Enhancement through Crowdsourcing: Project Andvari, Micropasts, and Public Quality Assurance [Abstract/Bio/Poster]

Dr. Youngok Choi (Catholic University of America) and Joseph Koivisto (Catholic University of America)

Nebium [Abstract/Bio/Poster]

Lisa Darms (New York University) and Brian Hoffman

Stuck in the Middle: Exploring the Mid-Career Job Gap [Abstract/Bio/Poster]

E. Evan Echols (University of Delaware) and Tammi Kim (University of Delaware)

Perceptions of Quality in Digital Moving Image Surrogates [Abstract/Bio/Poster]

Karen F. Gracy (Kent State University)

Building Curation into Records Creation: Developing a Digital Repository at the American Institute of Architects [Abstract/Bio/Poster]

Nancy Hadley (American Institute of Architects) and Valerie Collins (NDSR)

The LA as Subject Residency Program: A New Approach to Archival Training [Abstract/Bio/Poster]

Kelsey Knox (California State University), Rachel Mandell (Autry National Center), and Beth McDonald (University of Southern California)

Shell Scripting for Born-Digital Archives [Abstract/Bio/Poster]

Rossy M. Mendez (Princeton University) and Jarrett M. Drake (Princeton University)

History and Genealogy: A Study of the Relationship between Genealogical Research and Interest in History [Abstract/Bio/Poster]

Jamie Patrick-Burns (UNC Chapel Hill)

Adapting the READ Scale for AU’s UASC [Abstract/Bio/Poster]

David A. Ranzan (Adelphi University)

Defining an African Heritage in Alabama [Abstract/Bio/Poster]

Justin A. Rudder (Alabama Department of Archives and History)

A Cupboard Under the Stairs No More: Sustaining Archives on a Campus of Applied Education [Abstract/Bio/Poster]

Rachel Santose (SUNY Canton College of Technology)

Back to the Future: Bringing Legacy Description into the Present [Abstract/Bio/Poster]

Tiffany Saulter (University of Delaware), George Apodaca (University of Delaware), and Jaime Margalotti (University of Delaware)

Digitization to Data: Turning Challenges to Opportunities at a Small Institution [Abstract/Bio/Poster]

Abi Simkovic (Union College)

Implications of Organizational Policies on Document Security and Trustworthiness [Abstract/Bio/Poster]

Kari Smith (MIT Libraries)

After 3.11: The Great East Japan Earthquake and “Digital Archive” [Abstract/Bio/Poster]

Yayoi Tsutsui (Hitotsubashi University)


Peer-reviewed Research Papers

Towards a Network of Marks (pdf)
Kris Bronstad and Chris Caldwell (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)


Controlled Vocabulary Enhancement through Crowdsourcing: Project Andvari, Micropasts, and Public Quality Assurance (pdf)
Youngok Choi (The Catholic University of America) and Joseph Koivisto (University of Maryland College Park)

Building Curation into Records Creation: Developing a Series-based Digital Repository Program at the American Institute of Architects (pdf)
Nancy Hadley and Valerie Collins (The American Institute of Architects)

Research Papers

Drips Gallery: A Community-driven Graffiti Library & Archive (pdf)
Alexandra Lederman and Farah Jindani (CUNY Queens College)