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ARCHIVES 2008: Archival R/Evolution & Identities

72nd Annual Meeting
Pre-conference Programs: August 24–27, 2008
Conference Dates: August 26–30, 2008
2008 Exposition Dates: August 28–29, 2008
Hilton San Francisco
333 O'Farrell Street

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.

Registration Desk Hours

Pre-registrants may pick up their packets at the Pre-registration Desk in the Hilton San Francisco. Your registration packet will include a name badge, tickets to special events, and an on-site program that lists times and locations for all sessions and events. If you will need a reminder of session descriptions, please bring this Preliminary Program with you to the meeting. Please wear your name badge to gain admittance to sessions.

T uesday, August 26:
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
W ednesday, August 27:
8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Thursday, August 28:
6:30 am – 7:00 pm
Friday, August 29:
6:30 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday, August 30:
7:00 am – 1:00 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 100+ 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:
W ednesday, August 27:
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thursday, August 28:
8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Friday, August 29:
8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Saturday, August 30:
7:00 am - 9:00 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; Saturday, 9:00 - 11:00 am) If you're a job seeker or potential employer, take this opportunity to place your job announcement or résumé on file for others to see at the meeting. For more information, contact Jeanette Spears at SAA, 866-722-7858 or jspears [@]

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 2008 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 Karen Walton Morse at 716-645-2916, ext 258, or navigator [@] You'll be contacted in mid-July and matched with a partner. The deadline to request a navigator is July 30.

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, 8:00 - 8:30 am)

“Office Hours”
ARCHIVES 2008 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. Already on the schedule:

  • SAA Research Forum
  • Society of Georgia Archivists
  • National Historical Publications and Records Commission
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Institute of Museum and Library Services
  • Council on Library and Information Resources

“Practical Perspectives”
New in 2008! The Program Committee has selected a group of sessions focusing on skills, experiences, procedures, and ideas that will be especially helpful for archivists in their day-to-day work life. Sessions include actual examples, case studies, take-away items, and helpful hints for immediate application within a professional environment.

Graduate Student Poster Sessions
ARCHIVES 2008 features FOUR different sets of poster presentations - all of which are certain to be of interest to you!

Professionals' Poster Presentations, which were reviewed and accepted by the 2008 Program Committee as part of the program proposal process, will be on display from Thursday through Saturday. Presenters are expected to be with their posters to discuss them with viewers on Thursday, August 28, from 3:30 to 4:00 pm and on Friday, August 29, from 2:00 to 2:30 pm.

Research Forum Poster Presentations will be reviewed and accepted for presentation at the 2nd Annual SAA Research Forum on Tuesday, August 26, and will be available for viewing from Thursday through Saturday. See page 14 for more information about submitting a poster presentation for the Research Forum.

Graduate Student Poster Presentations, which are an important SAA tradition, were selected by the Student Program Subcommittee of the 2008 Program Committee. They will be on display in the Exhibit Hall throughout Expo hours, and students are expected to be with their posters to discuss them with attendees on Thursday, August 28, from 5:30 to 7:30 and on Friday, August 29, from 11:00 am to noon.

NEW IN 2008! View your colleagues' great ideas for "Celebrating the American Record" during American Archives Month in October! SAA is challenging members to share their ideas for American Archives Month campaigns and activities. For more information see the American Archives Month Public Relations Kit, mailed with the May/June issue of Archival Outlook and available online at

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 Letiscia Perrin 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 Bay Area colleagues represent repositories that span recorded history from the 1770s to today; that include a wide range of subjects, ethnic communities, organizations, and activities reflecting the diversity of people in the area; and that cover a multitude of disciplines: natural history, science and technology, politics, law, religion, fashion, film, music, literature, arts, architecture, engineering, and more. You can take advantage of this "archival abundance" by visiting a sampling of repositories during Repository Tours and Open Houses from Monday, August 25, through Wednesday, August 27. Click here for more information. 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 2008 sponsors for their generous support:

2008 International Archives & Information Technology Exposition Exhibitor List