Registration is open for the New England Archivists Spring 2016 Meeting. Part of the meeting's program includes two special events that will let us look inside the world of an archivist. Between the StorySLAM on Friday April 1st and the archivist Home Movie Day on Saturday April 2nd -- attendees will really get to know their fellow archivists.
Consider participating in one (or both!) of these events. We've extended the sign-up deadline to FEBRUARY 20TH for both the StorySLAM and Home Movie Day. They promise to be really unique and interesting events -- be part of that.
Contact Matt Spry with questions about Moths in the Archives: Stories from the Stacks and John Campopiano with questions about Home Movie Day.
FRIDAY APRIL 1st
Moths in the Archives: Stories from the Stacks
Do you know a good archives story? Have you ever had something interesting or unexpected happen while in the archives? Something funny, weird, wise, or unforgettable? Tell us about it during NEA's first StorySLAM: Moths in the Archives: Stories from the Stacks.
Based on the StorySLAM competitions developed by NYC non-profit literary society The Moth, there are only four groundrules to the NEA competition at the Spring 2016 Meeting:
-- First rule is all stories must be true
-- Second rule is all stories must be told, not read.
-- Third rule is there is a 5-minute time limit.
-- And fourth rule is to keep it anonymous -- don't betray confidentiality restrictions
Bring your wit and wisdom to the masses of New England archivists who are just waiting to hear a good story. And at the end of the evening, scores will be tallied and a winner announced. Submit an outline of your story to be considered eligible for the NEA competition.
Questions? Contact Matt Spry (firstname.lastname@example.org) for information about the NEA event at the Spring 2016 Meeting. And get some great storytelling tips on The Moth's website.
SATURDAY APRIL 2nd
Home Movie Day
A home movie is a short amateur film or video typically made just to preserve a visual record of family activities, a vacation, or a special event, and intended for viewing at home by family and friends. (Wikipedia)
Archivists know better than anyone how much home movies are an important aspect to documenting everyday life and cultural history. To celebrate these unique films found in countless archival collections across New England, NEA will host a Home Movie Day screening and discussion during the NEA Spring 2016 Meeting led by Liz Coffey, Film Conservator at Harvard Film Archive.
But first we need submissions. We are asking NEA members or any archival repository in the New England region to submit a home movie to be screened to an audience of archivists. Formats accepted: 8mm, super 8, super 8 sound, 16mm, VHS, DVD, digital files (playable via laptop). And please note: all films will be handled by archivists and returned with care.
If you wish to submit a film or video for this unique event, please complete a submission form for consideration. Any questions, contact John Campopiano (email@example.com).To quote John Waters: "Home Movie Day is an orgy of self-discovery, a chance for family memories to suddenly become show business. If you’ve got one, whip it out and show it now."