General Information

Pre-conference Programs

For in-depth coverage of archival topics of special interest to you, enhance your conference experience by attending a 1- or 2-day workshop or seminar – and return to work brimming with new ideas and approaches! To ensure interaction between the instructor(s) and participants, class size is limited. For more information about these education programs on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, see the Pre-conference program schedule.

Registration Desk Hours

Pre-registrants may pick up their conference materials at the Pre-registration Desk in the Registration Area. Your registration packet will include a name badge, tickets to special events (if applicable), and an Onsite Program that lists times, locations, and descriptions for all sessions and events. On-site registrants should register at the Registration Desk. A name badge is required for admission to all sessions and events.

Tuesday, August 23: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Wednesday, August 24: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Thursday, August 25: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday, August 26: 7:00 am – 5:30 pm
Saturday, August 27: 7:00 am – 1:00 pm

SAA Bookstore

One-stop shopping! Breeze by the SAA Bookstore to purchase SAA’s newest titles or to chat about an idea you have for a book or an article with Editor of Print and Electronic Publications Peter Wosh, American Archivist Editor Mary Jo Pugh, and Director of Publishing Teresa Brinati. You’ll have the chance to browse 100+ titles ranging from basic texts on archival fundamentals and best practices to more advanced readings on electronic records, program management, and the latest information technologies.

Wednesday, August 24: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Thursday, August 25: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday, August 26: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, August 27: 7:00 am – 9:00 am

Networking Café

Are you curious about what programs and activities allied associations are sponsoring? Wondering about your career options or opportunities for post-graduate study? Want to check your email between sessions? The SAA Networking Café is the place to go to:

  • Meet representatives, recruiters, and volunteer career advisors; 
  • Peruse literature and job vacancy announcements; 
  • Post your résumé; or 
  • Jump online.

Open: Wednesday, Noon – 5:00 pm; Thursday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; Saturday, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm.

For more information about distributing literature, job vacancies, or résumés in the Networking Café, please contact SAA at or 866-722-7858.

“Office Hours”

ARCHIVES 360˚ is a wonderful place to meet and greet – and SAA is delighted to offer representatives from our own and related organizations an opportunity to answer your questions and hear your ideas. Check the Onsite Program for the “Office Hours” schedule and location in the THINK BIG! Expo Hall. Already on the schedule:

  • Accessibility Working Group (SAA)
  • Association of Canadian Archivists
  • Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists
  • SAA Research Forum
  • Society of Florida Archivists
  • Society of Georgia Archivists

Posters, Posters Everywhere!

ARCHIVES 360˚ features three different sets of poster presentations – all of which are certain to be of interest to you!

Professionals’ Poster Presentations, which were reviewed and accepted by the 2011 Program Committee as part of the program proposal process, will be on display from Thursday through Saturday. Presenters are expected to be with their posters to discuss them with viewers on Thursday, August 25, from 9:30 to 10:00 am and on Friday, August 26, from 2:30 to 3:00 pm. See the Program Schedule for a list of Professional Posters.

Research Forum Poster Presentations will be reviewed and accepted for presentation at the 5th Annual SAA Research Forum on Tuesday, August 23, and will be available for viewing from Thursday through Saturday. For information about submitting a poster or paper to the Research Forum, see the Call for Papers and Posters.

Graduate Student Poster Presentations were selected by the Student Program Subcommittee of the 2011 Program Committee. They will be on display in the Exhibit Hall throughout Think Big! Expo Hall hours, and students are expected to be with their posters to discuss them with attendees on Thursday, August 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, and on Friday, August 26, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. See the Program Schedule for a list of Graduate Student Posters.

Repository Tours and Open Houses

Your Chicago-area colleagues represent some of the most popular and important repositories in the country – many of which are offering special behind-the-scenes access for ARCHIVES 360˚ attendees on Tuesday, August 23, and Wednesday, August 24. Please keep an eye on the conference website for updates provided by our dynamic Host Committee!

Audio Recordings

Extend your learning even after the conference ends! Many education sessions will be audio-recorded, and CDs will be available for purchase during and after the meeting. Check the Onsite Program for a list of sessions that are being recorded.

Child Care

Please contact Allison Perrelli at Conference and Logistics Consultants (410-571-0590) to learn about child care options. Per a 1984 vote of the SAA membership, a small portion of each SAA Annual Meeting registration is assessed to help subsidize the cost of child care at the meeting.

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