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Spring 2019 Meeting: Call for Proposals

2018-08-14 3:57 PM | Michelle Chiles


New England Archivists (NEA) invites submissions of session proposals for our Spring 2019 Meeting, to be held April 4–6, 2019, in Burlington, Vermont, at the Hilton Burlington.

The deadline for proposals is September 28, 2018.

With the theme “Together We Can,” the Spring 2019 Meeting will explore how archivists work with both records and users, especially with diverse peoples and groups who use and share archival material. Sessions offering practical information and innovative ideas will inspire archivists in the work they do every day as well as advance the archives profession.

The Spring 2019 Program Committee invites proposals on all topics but is especially interested in the following:

       Archivists who work with non-traditional user groups

       Interdisciplinary projects involving archivists or the use of archives

       Effects of changes in laws or policies related to archives

       Concepts of fact and truth in the archives

       Archival advocacy within different types of administrative structures

       Collaboration to complete digital and analog projects

       Vermont history and culture

First-time presenters, current graduate students, and early-career professionals are encouraged to apply.  


Standard Presentation
Two or three speakers present on a common theme. May include a moderator to steer discussion and/or introduce speakers and theme.

Open Forum|
Topical discussion with moderator leading discussion with everyone in attendance. May include additional moderator(s) to direct breakout conversations.

Each presentation consists of 20 slides or images displayed for 20 seconds each, with comment, and lasts six minutes and 40 seconds. Highest number of presenters possible for one session is 12, fewer if leaving time for questions.

Lightning Talks
Like PechaKucha, but without a set format. May or may not include slides or images. Presentations may be from three to ten minutes long, with number of presenters depending on time allotted for each.

Moderator announces the topic, and two other people debate.

Alternative Format
Suggest an alternative format or create your own. Proposals must include a description of the format and how the format will benefit the presentation and the audience.

Note: Standard A/V (a projector and screen) will be provided at each session.

In order to facilitate collaboration, the Spring 2019 Program Committee has created a space for NEA members to develop session proposals together: COLLABORATION SPREADSHEET

Please use this space to connect with your colleagues about potential session topics and formats. This collaborative space will be accessible through the deadline of September 28, 2018.

To submit a proposal, please complete this form:

Please note that proposed sessions involving fewer than three presenters and/or covering overlapping topics may be grouped together.

All proposals will be acknowledged by the Program Committee. If your proposal is accepted, you will be contacted about next steps. All presenters are required to register for the conference upon acceptance, at the early-bird rate, and to fund their own travel expenses. Presenters are required to abide by the NEA Code of Conduct, which can be found here:

NEA is committed to making the Spring 2019 Meeting welcoming and accessible to all presenters and attendees. If you need specific accommodations to support your participation in this event, please contact the program chairs.

Meeting and travel scholarships are available through NEA for those in need. For information and details on how to apply, see

Questions? Please contact program chair Sarah Galligan at

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