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


Call for Participants * Call for Presentations

2008 Research Forum “Foundations and Innovations”

Tuesday, August 26 · 10:00 am–4:30 pm

Participants’ response to the 1st Annual SAA Research Forum in August 2007 confirmed that the full spectrum of research activities—from “pure” research to applied research to innovative practice—is of great interest and value to the archives community. The 2008 Research Forum will build on last year’s success by expanding the presentations portion to a full day.

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 join us for SAA’s 2nd Annual Research Forum: “Foundations and Innovations”! Researchers, practitioners, educators, students, and the curious across all sectors of archives and records management are invited to participate. Use the Forum to discuss, debate, plan, organize, evaluate, or motivate research projects and initiatives. Major goals of the Forum are to facilitate collaboration and help inform researchers about what questions and problems need to be tackled.

The 2nd Annual SAA Research Forum will be held at ARCHIVES 2008 to acknowledge current—and encourage future—research and innovation from across the archives community and for the benefit of the archives profession.

Research Forum Events at ARCHIVES 2008

The following events are planned for 2008:

  • Research Workshop (Monday, August 25, 9:00 am–4:00 pm): A one-day session that will provide guidance and advice for conducting research, from defining the scope to presenting the results.
  • Research Presentations and Posters (Tuesday, August 26, 10:00 am–4:30 pm): Here’s your chance to present, discuss, listen to, or view research reports and results on a variety of topics. The final 30 minutes of this session will seek input for SAA’s 2009 Research Forum.
  • “Office Hours” in the Exhibit Hall (Thursday, August 28, and Friday, August 29): 2008 Forum organizers will be on hand to hear your ideas about the Forum and for ad hoc discussions about specific research projects.
  • Poster Sessions: Be sure to make time to visit the poster sessions, which in 2008 will include practice innovation and research topics.

Call for Platform and Poster Presentations

SAA invites submission of abstracts (of 250 words or less) for either 10-minute platform presentations or poster presentations. Topics may address research on, or innovations in, any aspect of archival practice or records management in government, corporate, academic, scientific, or other setting. Presentations on research results that may have emerged since the SAA Call for Proposals deadline in October 2007 are welcome, as are reports on research completed within the past 3 years that you think is relevant and valuable for discussion. Please indicate whether you intend a platform or poster presentation.

Abstracts will be evaluated by a review committee co-chaired by Nancy McGovern (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, University of Michigan) and Helen Tibbo (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill).

Deadline for submission of abstracts: May 15, 2008. You will be notified of the review committee’s decision by June 15.

Submit your 250-word abstract no later than May 15 via email to researchforum [@] archivists.org.