Call for Session Proposals
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27-September 2, 2007
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DEADLINE EXTENDED: October 10, 2006
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2007 Call for Pre-conference Proposals
The 2007 Program Committee invites submissions for session proposals for CHICAGO
2007: The 71st Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archivists in
Chicago, Illinois, August 27 – September 2, 2007. We invite you to participate
in development of the meeting by 1) proposing sessions that will be of
interest to the profession or 2) volunteering to share your own knowledge and
as a presenter.
An important goal for CHICAGO 2007 is to present a program that builds on
the SAA Annual Meeting’s traditional strengths – a wide variety
of topics, cutting-edge discussions of technology, a balance of theory and
practice, and world-renown presenters – while inviting new ideas and
concepts that may stimulate additional interest, involvement, and educational
benefit. The program should address topics of concern to diverse perspectives
and constituencies and to archivists at all levels of experience.
Please submit a fully fleshed-out session proposal, including the names of
all speakers and an indication of their agreement to participate. (Session
proposals that include only some of the speakers or that are missing a check-off
for speaker participation are very difficult to assess when compared to complete
proposals, and thus are less likely to be accepted.) Proposals that incorporate
the following will receive special consideration:
- Section or Roundtable endorsements. (Each SAA section and roundtable may
endorse up to two proposals. PLEASE NOTE that an endorsement does not guarantee
- Content targeted to “new” archivists as well as to more experienced
veterans of the profession.
- Content that continues the collaboration and synergies achieved by the
2006 Joint Annual Meeting of SAA, the National Association of Government
Archives and Records Administrators, and the Council of State Archivists.
- A focus on SAA’s top three strategic priorities: technology, diversity,
and public awareness.
Proposals that address other aspects of contemporary archival theory and practice
also are strongly encouraged and welcome. Suggestions and tips for preparing
a successful proposal are available on the SAA website at: www.archivists.org/conference/proposals101.
The 2007 Program Committee encourages submission of proposals that may include,
but are not limited to, the following formats:
- Traditional. Open session (ie, unlimited attendance) of 90 minutes, consisting
of two or three fully prepared papers of 15 minutes each and a comment-and-discussion
period. Please do not propose sessions of more than three presenters. Paper
titles are required. New for 2007: A chair is not required for this format;
chair duties may be performed by one of the speakers, who must also be designated
as the key contact for the session.
- Work in Progress. Open session of 90 minutes, consisting of two presentations
of 15 minutes each, describing ongoing research topics and including at least
60 minutes for feedback and discussion. Paper titles are required.
- Panel Discussion. Open session of 90 minutes, consisting of a panel of
three to five individuals who informally discuss a variety of theories or
perspectives on the given topic. No paper titles are required. A moderator
or commentator is recommended.
- Workshop. Limited-enrollment session of 2 hours, usually designed to teach
or refine skills. No paper titles are required.
- Seminar/Roundtable. Limited-enrollment session of 2 hours, usually designed
as a directed discussion among attendees sharing a common experience or preparation.
- Special Focus Session. Open session of 60 minutes designed to highlight
innovative archives or records management programs, new techniques, and research
projects. Audience participation is significant. No paper titles are required.
NEW in 2007!
- Poster Presentation. Report in which information is summarized using brief
written statements and graphic materials, such as photographs, charts, graphs,
and/or diagrams, mounted on a poster board measuring four feet high by six
feet wide. Posters will be on display during Exhibit Hall hours. Presenters
will be assigned a specific date and time at which they must be at their
poster to discuss it with participants.
An important reminder: Archivists and records managers who participate in
the program must register and secure institutional or personal funding. Participants
who are not archivists or records managers, or who are from outside the United
States, are eligible for complimentary registration upon request. SAA cannot
provide funding for speakers, whether they are international, non-archivists,
non-records managers, members, or nonmembers.
Proposals must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org (or
no later than October 10, 2006 (Deadline Extended).
For additional information, contact either of the 2007 Program Committee