First-Timers and New Members

We understand that being a new member of an organization or of the profession, or attending a large conference for the first time, can be a daunting experience. That’s why we provide a variety of services and programs that can help you survive—and thrive!—at Beyond Borders and, well, beyond…

Chicano Park, San Diego (Cristela Garcia-Spitz)

NEW! Students and New Archives Professionals Roundtable

Approved by the SAA Council in January 2012, SNAP exists “to advocate for students, interns, new professionals, early-career project archivists, and archivists who are still looking for their first professional jobs.” Join SNAP for the group’s inaugural meeting on Wednesday, August 8, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm (Sapphire OP), and then regroup at the…

New Member/First-Timer Orientation & Forum

Join representatives of the Membership Committee, the Key Contact Program, and the SAA Council for a casual conversation about how to make the most of your time at the conference. Refreshments will be served and a cash bar will be available. (Wednesday, 8:00 – 9:15 pm, Indigo D)

Networking Café

Visit SAA’s Career Center in the Networking Café to learn about current employment vacancies and opportunities for postgraduate study, or to consult with a career advisor. Attend the Mentoring Program Meet-and-Greet to meet with program coordinators and/or apply to be a protégé (SAA membership required).

Navigator Program

SAA’s Women Archivists Roundtable and Membership Committee are pleased to sponsor the Navigator Program, which matches conference veterans with first-time attendees. The Navigator Program is an informal outreach effort that helps newcomers make the most of their time at the Annual Meeting. Navigators share their experience, advise you on sessions and special events that suit your interests, and facilitate networking with other attendees. Stop by the Onsite Registration Desk for more information.

Lunch Buddy Program

The Students and New Archives Professionals (SNAP) Roundtable is sponsoring a Lunch Buddy program to facilitate networking and help new attendees and new archivists to feel welcome at the conference. Annual Meeting attendees can sign up to lead a group to lunch at a nearby restaurant or join a lunch group. For more information about the Lunch Buddy program:

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