Society of American Archivists 2011 – Chicago

Archivist Libby Coyner had the opportunity to attend the Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting in Chicago this year in August. In addition to enjoying near-perfect weather in the windy city, the conference was also an chance for Libby to meet with other archivists from Arizona, see old friends from institutions around the U.S. and Canada, attend fantastic sessions, and discuss future opportunities for collaboration.

Oh yeah…and there were these terrific seats for the Cubs game at Wrigley Field, surrounded by lots of archivists! As fate would have it, Libby sat next to a bunch of archivists from Utah, so it was also a convenient way to talk about some collaborative projects out West.

The conference offered a number of roundtable and session meetings, including discussion of the Native American Protocols initially drafted at Northern Arizona University. Some of the particularly good sessions included:

  • Fostering a diverse profession through mentoring and internship opportunities (featuring Erika Castaño from U of A Special Collections in Tucson)
  • Practical Approaches to Born Digital Records
  • Exposing Hidden Collections through Consortia and Collaboration
  • Collaborating with Records Creators for Early Intervention (digital records) – featuring Libby’s old classmates from the University of British Columbia

Ultimately, it was a great trip, but it was also great to return home and recognize some of the truly special collaborative projects happening back here in Arizona.