NEA Roundtables

As of January 2013, NEA has established eight member-organized Roundtables:

If you are interested in joining a Roundtable, please contact the Roundtable chair/liaison.

Helpful Roundtable Documents

Roundtables FAQ

Why Roundtables?
Roundtables provide an opportunity for members with related interests, positions, or career goals to discuss ideas and issues, to network and socialize, and to take on tasks related to their areas of interest. Roundtables are intended to provide a means of focusing attention on, and promoting discussion of, archives-related subjects outside of NEA's meetings and official activities. For the full details, check out the Roundtable Handbook.

What do Roundtables do?
Whatever the Roundtable members want to do! You can organize workshops or events, develop conference sessions, work with NEA committees on specific initiatives, take your discussion online through Twitter, Facebook, a blog, or an e-mail list, or make recommendations to the NEA board based on the experience of Roundtable members.

What can I get out of Roundtables?
Roundtables offer a new, more informal way for you to get involved with NEA and the archival community, and to connect with others around your interests and needs as a professional. Are you a lone arranger? A student? A retiree? Do you work primarily with a particular material type like photographs, rare books, or films? Are you interested in knowing more about a topic or a tool, like Archivists Toolkit, ContentDM, or the curation of digital materials? All of these are possible foci for Roundtables, but it's up to us, the members, to get these group started!

How do I start a Roundtable?
Write a proposal that includes:

  1. The name of the proposed Roundtable
  2. The chair/liaison's name
  3. A statement of purpose and goals
  4. Signatures (handwritten or electronic) of at least 10 interested NEA members
Proposals must be submitted to the NEA secretary at least 10 working days prior to any of the quarterly Board meetings. To help you get started, we've created a form to assist you in gathering the needed information: Petition to Establish a Roundtable.

How do I find people to sign up for my Roundtable?
Ask your colleagues. Send out a message on the NEA listserv ( Put out requests on discussion boards, Facebook, Twitter, blogs, really any relevant communities you participate in - make sure they're local, though, or ask for responses from New Englanders.

So I've got 10 people: now what?
Submit your completed proposal (with the 10 signatures) to the NEA Secretary at least 10 working days before the January meeting. Upon approval from the board, you've got a Roundtable!

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