2021 MDOS/VMS Joint Annual Meeting

Meeting Date(s): 
July 19, 2021 - 10:30am - 12:30pm

2021 Metadata and Digital Object Section and Visual Materials Section Joint Annual Meeting

Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting
Monday, July 19, 2021, 10:30 AM CST
Virtual via Zoom Webinar



Members are reminded that although attendees do NOT have to register (pay) for the SAA Annual Meeting, all interested participants will need to register for this meeting to keep the Zoom information secure. Please register using the link below.

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The Metadata and Digital Object Section and the Visual Materials Section will be hosting a moderated forum for discussion at this year’s virtual annual joint section meeting. We are welcoming suggestions for discussion topics via a poll that can be found here and also have provided some suggested topics that members can indicate interest in.

Sample topics include:

  • How has your creation of metadata for visual materials changed in the past few years in light of the increased awareness for the need for equitable and inclusive descriptive practices?
  • What are some of the challenges related to remote visual material metadata creation that have arisen during the pandemic, and how might these challenges change your workflows in a post-pandemic world?
  • Do you find that any of what we experienced in 2020 has affected your institution's (or your personal) approach to the materials you handle? If not, what would you like to see change?

Discussion topics will be reviewed by both VMS and MDOS section steering committees. The extended deadline for topics is 11:59 pm on July 14, 2021.

New this year! All group meetings will be listed on a new “Events” tab on SAA Connect, our platform for all group discussion lists. See the MDOS/VMS event listing here, and the full list of July meetings here.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the section chairs:

Patrick Cullom, VMS Chair
Elizabeth Wilkinson, MDOS Co-Chair
Michael Shallcross, MDOS Co-Chair