The 2016 SAA Annual Meeting (#saa16) was held in Atlanta, Georgia this year from July 31 - August 6. Your devoted SAASC officers attended from August 4-6, arriving just in time to attend the Plenary session on Thursday morning ("Getting Our House in Order: Moving from Diversity to Inclusion" by Chris Taylor, the Director of Inclusion and Community Engagement at the Minnesota Historical Society). To give you just a taste, the SAA schedule quotes Chris as saying: “Inclusion is leveraging the benefits of diversity to improve our work through creativity, innovation, and inclusive working environments."
Next, there were a plethora of education sessions, Mentor meetings, and even a Navigator meeting. A sampling of the sessions attended by your officers include: Deconstructing Whiteness in Archives: An Opportunity for Self-Reflection (a frank discussion of race and culture in archives); the Oral History Section Meeting (where Sam Robson of the Atlanta-based U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) presented the oral history work he has been doing with Ebola responders); DWG, RVT, BIM: A New Kind of Alphabet Soup, with a Lot More Heartburn! (a panel discussion of architectural archives responding to new kinds of electronic files and software); I Think You're Projecting: Improving Understanding of Moving Image Archives Users (a panel discussion about the variety of users and uses for film archives); and Recipes from Culinary Collections: Creative (and Tasty!) Approaches to Outreach! (Yes, there were food samples. Have you ever tried "hardtack"?)
We also got a chance to attend the SJSU iSchool reception and meet Dr. Pat Franks and our SAASC faculty advisor, Lori Lindberg. What a treat to meet these two pillars of the iSchool archives program in person! Lori also presented a professional poster: Archives in the News! An Examination of Mainstream Media Coverage of Archives!
Last, but not least, your executive committee was so ambitious as to present our own student poster about the comings and goings of the illustrious SJSU SAASC. Click here to see the poster and our smiling faces!
We want to thank Dr. Hirsh and the iSchool for their generous support that enabled us to attend this conference.
*Plan your schedule in advance.
*Request an SAA Mentor.
*Sign up for the Navigator program (A good way to make a conference buddy who knows what's what!)
*Email contacts to meet up at the meeting.
*If you are interested in repository tours or workshops, be sure to arrive early because these often occur in the days before the general education sessions.
*Attend a balance of "fun" sessions and more practical sessions that will help with your work.
*Share your space! Meet people by offering a seat at your table.
*Afterwards, follow up with thank you notes!
*MP3 recordings of the sessions are available, so make sure to refresh your memory or listen in if you were not able to attend.