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Call for Session Proposals

Archives / Chicago 2007
August 27-September 2, 2007
The Fairmont Chicago

DEADLINE EXTENDED: October 10, 2006


Download the 2007 Program Proposal Form (RTF format)
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 expertise 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 acceptance.)
  • 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:

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 (or postmarked) no later than October 10, 2006 (Deadline Extended).

For additional information, contact either of the 2007 Program Committee Co-chairs:

Danna Bell-Russel
Library of Congress
Becky Haglund Tousey
Kraft Foods Inc.




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