General Information


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Registration Desk

A name badge is required for admission to all sessions and events. To replace a lost badge, go to the Onsite Registration Desk during registration hours. (Sapphire West Foyer)

Tuesday, August 7: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Wednesday, August 8: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Thursday, August 9: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Friday, August 10: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Saturday, August 11: 7:00 am – 1:00 pm

Special Needs

If you have any special needs in order to participate fully in Beyond Borders, please notify a staff member at the Onsite Registration Desk.

The Host Committee: At Your Service!

Your San Diego-area colleagues have joined forces to work the Advance Registration Desk – and provide you with the information you need to enhance your conference experience with repository tours (on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 7 and 8), restaurant advice, ideas for on-your-own adventures, and tips on navigating the city and its surrounding areas. (Sapphire West Foyer)


The Message Board in the Registration Area may be used to tell a friend where to meet you or to receive messages from other attendees.  Staff cannot forward your messages to meeting rooms or your hotel room.

Who’s Here?

If you’d like to find out who’s attending Beyond Borders, stop by the Networking Café. Each Cyber Café computer desk has the "Who’s Here?" roster on the desktop. (Sapphire C)

Speaker Preparation

Due to space limitations, speakers are asked to schedule rehearsal space with conference staff.  Please visit the Onsite Registration Desk to make an appointment.

Audio Recordings

Extend your learning even after the conference ends! Most education sessions are being audio-recorded, and CDs may be ordered during and after the meeting.  Stop by the CD Sales Desk in the Registration Area to place your order, or see page 52 of the Onsite Program for more information.

SAA Bookstore

One-stop shopping! Sail on into the SAA Bookstore to browse and 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 Greg Hunter, and Director of Publishing Teresa Brinati. You’ll have a 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. (Sapphire D)

Wednesday, August 8: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Thursday, August 9: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm

Friday, August 10: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday, August 11: 7:00 am – 9:00 am

Networking Café

The Networking Café brings together a variety of activities to help attendees get connected and get ahead professionally. Are you curious about what programs and events allied organizations are sponsoring? Wondering about your career options or opportunities for postgraduate study? Want to check your email between sessions? The Networking Café is the place to go! (Sapphire C)

Wednesday, August 8: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Thursday, August 9: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Friday, August 10: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday, August 11: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Cyber Café: Jump online between sessions!

Information Tables: Meet with representatives and peruse literature from allied organizations.

Career Center: Hosted by SAA’s Membership Committee, the Career Center provides services and opportunities for both job seekers and employers:

For Job Seekers:

  • Post your résumé for prospective employers to see at the Annual Meeting.
  • Review job announcements and meet with prospective employers.
  • Polish your résumé and/or consult with volunteer career advisors.
  • Learn about postgraduate programs and professional development opportunities.

For Employers:

  • Post your position announcement. Place your announcement on file with the conference Career Center and expand your potential applicant pool.
  • Meet job seekers and potential employees. Employers who participate in the Career Center will have the chance to meet and speak with job seekers in an informal and relaxed setting.

The SAA Career Center is sponsored by History Associates.

Mentoring Program Meet-and-Greet: Are you seeking guidance on your professional development? Do you want to share your knowledge and experience with a fresh young talent? Stop by the Networking Café and learn about how SAA’s Mentoring Program can help you make the right connections. (Thursday, 9:30 – 10:00 am)

Information Tables

Stop by these information tables in the Registration Area to learn about your colleagues’ initiatives:

  • Academy of Certified Archivists
  • American Archives Month / I Found It In The Archives! Campaign
  • Annual Meeting Task Force
  • Archives Leadership Institute 2013-2015
  • Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies
  • Convention Recordings
  • Midwest Archives Conference
  • National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators
  • SAA Preservation Section
  • Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Information Studies

"Office Hours"

Beyond Borders 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. See page 49 of the Onsite Program for the “Office Hours” schedule – in Booths 113-115 – in the Great Ideas! Expo Hall. (Indigo A-C)

Thursday, August 9

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM: Society of Georgia Archivists; SAA Publications Editor
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM: Archives Leadership Institute 2013-2015; The Funders: IMLS, NEH, NHPRC

Friday, August 10

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM: Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists
11:00 AM – Noon: Society of Florida Archivists; SAA Visual Materials Section
Noon - 1:00 PM: SAA Annual Meeting Task Force; SAA Committee on Education
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: TBD
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Chicago Area Archivists
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Society of California Archivists; The Funders:  IMLS, NEH, NHPRC

Posters, Posters Everywhere!

Beyond Borders 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 2012 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 9, from 9:30 to 10:00 am and on Friday, August 10, from 3:00 to 3:30 pm. See a list of Professional Posters here. (Sapphire West Foyer)

Research Forum Poster Presentations will be reviewed and accepted for presentation at the 6th Annual SAA Research Forum on Tuesday, August 7, and will be available for viewing from Wednesday through Saturday. (Aqua Foyer)

Graduate Student Poster Presentations were selected by the Student Program Subcommittee of the 2012 Program Committee. They will be on display in the Exhibit Hall throughout Expo Hall hours, and students are expected to be with their posters to discuss them with attendees on Thursday, August 9, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, and on Friday, August 10, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.

Repository Tours and Open Houses

Your San Diego-area colleagues represent some of the most diverse and interesting repositories in the country – many of which are offering special behind-the-scenes access for Beyond Borders attendees on Tuesday, August 7, and Wednesday, August 8. Please check the Repository Tours page for more information and updates provided by our dynamic Host Committee!

Speakers: Add #saa12 to your slides and encourage attendees to tweet about your session!

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