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Fall 2019 Meeting

New England Archivists (NEA) invites submissions of session proposals for the Fall 2019 Meeting, “Maps & Legends.” The meeting will take place at the Osher Map Library, University of Southern Maine, in Portland, Maine, on November 1, 2019. The deadline for proposals is Friday, July 26.

Maps, charts, globes, and GIS data are found in many archival collections—but how much do we really know about caring for them? Are we handling them correctly, describing them effectively, and providing thorough access to them? Are we maximizing their ability to support research and study? “Maps & Legends” will bring us together to share experiences with these materials, demystify them, and learn from each other how to unlock their potential for all users.

The Fall 2019 Program Committee is seeking proposals for short presentations that facilitate conversation about maps, charts, globes, GIS data, and related materials in the archival environment. Does your job include routine processing and/or care for cartographic materials and data, or do you have experience with a project involving such material? Whether about storing, preserving, digitizing, or something else, we welcome your cartographic case studies, stories, data analyses, and more. We encourage creative proposals that foster group conversation. Each presenter will have 15 minutes: 10 minutes (or less) for the presentation and the remaining time for questions and discussion.

We are particularly interested in any topic that relates to the following areas of work with cartographic materials:

Cataloging and description
Preservation
Digitization and re-digitization
Supporting researchers
Building and engaging audiences

First-time presenters, current graduate students, early-career professionals, and those doing archival work in community-centered contexts are all strongly encouraged to submit proposals. Applicants do not need to be “map professionals.” We welcome anyone who has encountered maps as part of their work or studies.

To submit a proposal, complete this form.

The Program Committee will acknowledge all submissions. If your proposal is selected, your acknowledgment will include instructions about next steps. All presenters are required to register for the conference upon acceptance, at the member rate, and to fund their own travel expenses.

NEA is committed to making the Fall 2019 Meeting welcoming and accessible to all presenters and attendees. Presenters are also required to abide by the NEA Code of Conduct, which can be found here: https://www.newenglandarchivists.org/Code-of-Conduct.

If you will need specific accommodations, such as interpretive services, to support your participation in this event, please contact the Program Chair.

Questions? Please contact the Program Chair, Patrick Ford, at patrick.ford@mysticseaport.org.


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