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NEA Fall 2016 Meeting: Call for Proposals

2016-07-20 11:25 AM | Michelle Romero

NEA Fall 2016 Meeting
Bridging the Gaps
Friday, October 14, 2016 | 1:00-5:00 pm
Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, MA

New England Archivists invites submissions of short presentation proposals for the concluding portion of the Fall Meeting to be held October 14, 2016, at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. It will be a wonderful opportunity to broaden the discussion of this meeting's theme, Bridging the Gaps. Special consideration will be given to students and first-time presenters. The deadline for proposals is July 30, 2016.

During Bridging the Gaps, we will explore inspiring examples of how archivists, associated professionals, and records stakeholders are working to bridge gaps in collection development and accessibility of materials.

The Fall 2016 Program Committee is especially interested in proposals about the following:
    -- Improving the accessibility of collections
    -- Adapting and expanding language to better connect with our audiences
    -- Building diverse collections that reach new users
    -- Connecting with and serving under-documented communities
    -- Fostering relationships between archivists and stakeholders, including records creators and users, outside of traditional repositories

Four proposals will be selected. Presentations will be followed by a moderated discussion among presenters, earlier panelists, and attendees. Presentations must be no longer than 7 minutes and must be in one of the following formats:
    -- Lightning talk - a concise presentation that may or may not include a simple visual element, such as a PowerPoint presentation with three to five slides.
    -- PechaKucha - a presentation during which a 20-slide PowerPoint presentation advances automatically at the rate of 20 seconds per slide.
    -- TED talk - a short verbal presentation that may or may not include a visual element.

Submissions should include the following elements:
    1. working title of your presentation;
    2. brief description of the topic;
    3. name and contact information of the participant(s); and
    4. presentation format.

Please submit your proposals by July 30, 2016, to program chairs Annalisa Moretti and Blake Spitz with the subject line NEA Fall 2016 Meeting Presentation Proposal ( and If your proposal is selected, you will be contacted by a member of the Program Committee.

Please note: Upon acceptance, all presenters are required to register for the conference at the early-bird rate and fund their travel expenses.

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