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Preconference Events



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, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Registration Desk Hours
Pre-registrants may pick up their conference materials at the Host Committee Desk in the Registration Area.  Your registration packet will include a name badge, tickets to special events, and an Onsite Program that lists times and locations (but not descriptions) for all sessions and events.  We recommend that you bring with you to the meeting this Preliminary Program so that you have session descriptions on hand.  On-site registrants should register at the Registration Desk.  A name badge is required for admission to all sessions and events.

Wednesday, August 2:              7:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thursday, August 3:                  6:30 am – 7:00 pm
Friday, August 4:                      7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, August 5:                  7:30 am – 3:00 pm

SAA Bookstore
One-stop shopping!  Visit the SAA Bookstore to purchase SAA’s newest titles, learn more about the Society’s role as the leading clearinghouse for archival resources in print, and discuss your ideas with Publishing Director Teresa Brinati.  You’ll have the chance to browse more than 150 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. Half-price sale on display copies on Saturday morning!  (Open longer hours:  Wednesday, 3:00 – 8:00 pm; Thursday, 8:00 am – 7:00 pm; Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; and Saturday, 8:00 – 11:00 am.)

Career Center
Wondering about your career options? Visit the Career Center to learn about current employment vacancies and opportunities for postgraduate study, to meet with prospective employers, or to consult with a career advisor. (Thursday and Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm)  If you’re a job seeker or potential employer, take this opportunity to place your job announcement or resume on file for others to see at the meeting. For more information, contact Jeanette Spears at SAA, 312-922-0140 or

Navigator Program
SAA’s Women Archivists Roundtable and Membership Committee are pleased to sponsor the Navigator Program, which matches experienced members with new members or first-time attendees. Your navigator can help guide you through the maze of this large meeting! All ARCHIVES / CHICAGO 2007 attendees are welcome to request a navigator or volunteer to serve in this important role. Just check the appropriate box on the Registration Form. For more information, contact Kathy Koch at 847-692-7050, ext 1106, or You’ll be contacted in mid-July and matched with a partner. The deadline to request a navigator is July 2.

Mentoring Program
Interested in discussing paths for professional development? Want to share your knowledge and experience with a fresh young talent? Stop by the Career Center for coffee and learn about how SAA’s dynamic Mentoring Program can help you make the right connections. (Thursday, 9:00 – 9:30 am)

“Office Hours”
ARCHIVES / CHICAGO 2007 is a wonderful place to meet and greet – and SAA is delighted to offer representatives from SAA groups 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 Exhibit Hall.

Graduate Student Poster Sessions
Twenty-five students will present posters at the Annual Meeting.  Stop by the Exhibit Hall to view their work, ask questions, share your ideas—and network! 

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

Repository Tours and Open Houses
Your Chicagoland colleagues represent every imaginable type of repository:  academic, association, corporate, cultural, ethnic, governmental, medical, museum, religious – you name it, they collect, preserve, and provide access to it!  You can take advantage of this “archival abundance” by visiting a sampling of repositories during Repository Tours and Open Houses on Tuesday, August 28, and Wednesday, August 29. And please check the SAA website at for updates.

Smoking Policy
By vote of the SAA membership, the Society maintains a “no smoking” policy that applies to all SAA meetings, receptions, and other functions.

Cell Phone Policy
As a courtesy to presenters and attendees, please refrain from using your cell phone during sessions.

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SAA thanks the following ARCHIVES / Chicago 2007 sponsors for their generous support:

2007 International Archives & Information Technology Exposition Exhibitor List