SAA Research Forum

SAA launched the Research Forum in 2007 to provide an opportunity to discuss and share information about research initiatives with relevance for archives and records management. Researchers, practitioners, educators, students, and the curious across all sectors of archives and records management are welcome to participate.

Relevant research has implications for good archival practice and occurs across a spectrum of activities—from “pure” research to applied research to innovative practice. 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 the SAA Research Forum is for you!

To date, the Research Forum has consisted of:

  • A day-long meeting at the SAA Annual Meeting with platform and poster presentations on a broad range of research topics (beginning in 2007);
  • SAA Research Forum Proceedings, with a peer-reviewed paper option (beginning in 2008);
  • A “Research Skills” workshop to encourage research projects and practice (beginning in 2008); and
  • “Office Hours” in the Exhibit Hall so that Forum co-chairs can be available to talk with researchers, prospects, and meeting attendees (beginning in 2007).

If you have suggestions for future SAA Research Forum events, please contact us at


Thank you for your encouragement and we look forward to seeing you at the next SAA Research Forum.


Sarah Pratt Martin and Chris Marino

SAA Research Forum Co-chairs


See Julie McLeod’s interview with the Research Forum organizers and participants, part of the Records Management Today Podcast Series.