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  • 2017-06-19 4:21 PM | Michelle Romero

    New England Archivists (NEA) and the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York (A.R.T.) invite submissions of session proposals for our joint Spring Meeting, to be held March 22 - 24, 2018, in New Haven, Connecticut. The deadline for proposals is September 10, 2017.

    With the theme “Rise Up,” the Spring 2018 Meeting will focus on concepts of archival advocacy. How can archivists better demonstrate the cultural value and social urgency of their work? What kinds of advocacy can help amplify awareness and bolster support for archival repositories within established institutions? How can best practices evolve to include the stories, traditions, and record-keeping methods of people and communities who are traditionally underrepresented in archival spaces? Sessions, workshops, and plenary speakers will explore the personal, professional, and political implications of archival advocacy, particularly in regard to social justice efforts, economic challenges, activist tactics, and career sustainability for individuals within the archival field. 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.


    The Spring 2018 Program Committee invites proposals on all topics but is especially interested in sessions that: 

    • Share successful tools archivists can use to bolster internal and external advocacy efforts within their institutions, among emerging communities, and to the general public, including strategies for elevating awareness about the value of archival work and special collections 
    • Explore how intersectionality, allyship, and radical empathy can impact all aspects of archival work, particularly collection development, arrangement and description, and outreach 
    • Discuss methods for personal advocacy that archivists can use to build a stronger sense of professional agency, develop and advance their ideas through clear communication, and foster more equitable, respectful, and supportive relationships with colleagues at every level 
    • Incorporate participatory elements that engage attendees and provide actionable knowledge to empower individuals and institutions to adapt their practices to be more inclusive, effective, and transparent 
    • Detail collaborative efforts among archivists, institutions, regional organizations, and communities, especially those striving to capture ephemeral forms of documentation 
    • Present cross-disciplinary perspectives on archival work, particularly in relation to the development of community archives, political activism, skillshares between archivists and non-archivists, and guerrilla archivist work done in non-institutional contexts 
    • Examine how the development, maintenance, and implementation of archival descriptive standards can affect concepts of professional neutrality, historical representation within the archive, and expanded access to materials 
    • Facilitate conversations surrounding oppressive power structures and the ethics of authority with regard to the historical functions of archival institutions 
    • Highlight work being done to address archival silences, especially regarding materials related to LGBTQIA, indigenous, and carceral communities and in the areas of social justice including racial, labor, disability, economic, reproductive health, and climate issues 
    • Focus on the rich histories of people, movements, and organizations in the Connecticut and metropolitan New York City regions

    Possible Session Types

    Standard Presentations
    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 present. May include additional moderator(s) to direct breakout conversations.

    Roundtable Discussion
    Three or four participants make very brief remarks, then discuss a topic together. Includes a moderator to steer discussion.

    Each presentation consists of 20 slides or images displayed for 20 seconds each, with comment. Each presentation lasts 6 minutes and 40 seconds. Highest number of presenters possible 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 3 to 10 minutes long. Number of presenters depends on time allotted for each.

    Moderator announces the topic, and two other people debate.

    Note: standard AV (a projector and screen) will be provided for each session.


    To facilitate collaboration, the Spring 2018 Program Committee has created a space for NEA and A.R.T members to develop session proposals together:

    Please use this space to connect with your colleagues about potential session topics and formats. This collaborative space will be accessible until the deadline for proposals, on September 10, 2017.


    To submit a proposal, complete the form below.

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

    All submissions will be acknowledged by the Program Committee. 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 early-bird rate, and to fund their own travel expenses.

    NEA and A.R.T. are committed to making the Spring 2018 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:

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

    Meeting and travel scholarships are available through both NEA and A.R.T. for those in need. Details will be forthcoming on each organization’s website:
    NEA members →
    A.R.T. members →

    Questions? Please contact the Program Committee co-chairs, Rachel Chatalbash at and Bonnie Marie Sauer at

  • 2017-06-14 3:10 PM | Michelle Romero

    NEA Fall 2017 Meeting: Infinite Conversations
    Saturday, September 23, 2017, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA

    New England Archivists is currently seeking discussion topics and volunteer facilitators for the Fall 2017 Meeting, to be held on September 23, 2017, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The format of the meeting will be a series of concurrent facilitated discussions — a chance to talk with each other about the work we do and the work we would like to do. Connect, share ideas, discover opportunities, and learn from each other.

    The Fall 2017 Program Committee welcomes your input and asks you to submit ideas and/or volunteer to facilitate discussions using our online form. The format of each discussion session will be determined by the facilitator(s) and the Program Committee. Creative and novel ideas for generating participation are encouraged.

    The deadline to submit proposals for facilitated discussions is Friday, June 23. First consideration will be given to proposals received before Friday, June 16. Please submit your ideas and/or volunteer at Questions? Contact the Program Committee at

    Please note: discussion facilitators will be required to register for the conference at the member rate and to fund their own travel.

  • 2017-03-22 9:31 AM | Michelle Romero

    Tomorrow is the first day of the New England Archivists Spring 2017 Meeting in Hyannis, MA. Although online registration is now closed, walk-ins will be accepted throughout the meeting at the registration desk. Check out the lineup for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday on the NEA website, as well as travel information and tips about things to do on Cape Cod.

    See you tomorrow for "Changing Tides" on Cape Cod!

  • 2017-03-21 9:08 AM | Michelle Romero

    This Thursday, March 23rd, is the start of the New England Archivists Spring 2017 Meeting in Hyannis, MA. 

    Planning to arrive early? There's still time to sign up for a tour or volunteer for the Day of Service event.

    Join us on a behind-the-scenes tour, organized by the Spring 2017 Program Committee, at the Sturgis Library, the Barnes Historical Society, or Cape Cod Community College. Sign up using the NEA Day of Service/Tour online formPlease note: you do not have to volunteer for the Day of Service to sign up for a tour. Tours are open to all.

    And you can still volunteer for one of the three projects offered for the NEA Day of Service at the Sturgis Library or the Barnes Historical Society. A worthwhile event, the Day of Service Community Volunteer Project gives participants an opportunity to expand their knowledge bases and professional networks as well as to actively support colleagues in preserving our shared history. Sign up using the NEA Day of Service/Tour online form.


    Attend the NEA Spring 2017 Meeting
    "Changing Tides" | March 23-25, 2017 
    See the NEA website for schedules, rates, and travel information

    Please note: online registration is now closed, but walk-ins will be accepted throughout the meeting at the registration desk.

    See you this Thursday on the Cape!

  • 2017-03-20 9:09 AM | Michelle Romero

    The New England Archivists Spring 2017 Meeting Program Committee has put together a handy navigation aid you can use to plot your own course through Changing Tides during the meeting this week​. The mobile app Guidebook can be used on iOS, Android, or the web. With this app you can make your own schedule, browse vendors and supporters, and get food and drink recommendations from your colleagues. Go to to download or start using the app today.

  • 2017-03-17 9:47 AM | Michelle Romero

    To all NEA members:

    You are invited to attend the NEA Executive Board meeting Thursday, March 23rd from 1:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. at the Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis. You can access the meeting's agenda on the NEA website. The agenda for the NEA Business Meeting on Saturday, March 25th also at the Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis is available on the website.

    Unable to attend in person? NEA is committed to making our board meetings open to all members. If you would like to request remote access to part or all of the meeting, please contact the Inclusion and Diversity Coordinator, Anna Clutterbuck-Cook  ( and we will do what we can to accommodate your request. You can always access board meeting minutes on the NEA website.

    Thursday, March 23rd | 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. | Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis

    After the Executive Board meeting on Thursday, all NEA Spring 2017 Meeting attendees and workshop participants are invited to attend a free bystander intervention training session with Independence House, Inc., Cape Cod’s leading resource, counseling and advocacy center to address and prevent domestic and sexual violence. In conjunction with the new Code of Conduct, this training session will help NEA create a culture of active engagement around issues of harassment, giving our membership the confidence to address situations in the moment – perhaps even before they get to the level of a formal complaint.

    These skills are also transferable to your work environment and community beyond your professional life. In this political moment when people from marginalized groups are experiencing a rise in aggressive, hateful words and actions, equipping yourself to actively address such incidents before they escalate is a valuable act of solidarity

    Anyone interested can RSVP online. For any questions, please contact Anna Clutterbuck-Cook, Inclusion and Diversity Coordinator at

  • 2017-03-15 8:44 AM | Michelle Romero

    Next Thursday, March 23rd starts the beginning of the New England Archivists Spring 2017 Meeting. And there is still time to register for the meeting, workshops, tours, and Day of Service. Mix and match several activities over the three-day meeting and still have time to explore Cape Cod.

       -- Funding for Archives Work
       -- SAA Fundamentals of Project Management for Archivists

    Tours (register online here)
       -- Sturgis Library
       -- Bourne Historical Society
       -- Nickerson Cape Cod History Archives

    Day of Service (register online here)
       -- Sturgis Library
       -- Bourne Historical Society

    NEA Board Meeting (open to all members)

       -- Plenary talk with Michael Lesy
       -- Two blocks of concurrent sessions
       -- Join a Roundtable or find out more about the NEA Mentoring Program
       -- Network and socialize at the Friday night reception

       -- Plenary talk with K.J. Rawson
       -- Three blocks of concurrent sessions
       -- NEA's business meeting and award ceremony (with lunch!)p>


    Attend the NEA Spring 2017 Meeting
    "Changing Tides" | March 23-25, 2017
    Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis
    Register today
    See the NEA website for schedules, rates, and travel information

    See you next week on Cape Cod!

  • 2017-03-09 8:40 AM | Michelle Romero

    This year's New England Archivists Spring 2017 Meeting is in Hyannis, MA, from March 23-25, 2017. Since it will still be the off-season on the Cape, NEA will have the run of the Cape Cod Resort and Conference Center for our meeting.... And that means attendees will be able to enjoy many of the amenities the resort has to offer. We want everyone to be able to enjoy this meeting, but it is most easily accessible by car.

    So if you are looking for a ride to the meeting, or if you are willing to share a spot in your car in exchange for fine company (and/or gas money), we've created an online, self-service carpooling sign-up sheet where you can connect with other members looking to share a ride. Use this sheet for getting to the meeting or getting to the Day of Service and tour locations.

    Just enter your name and contact info, when and from where you're traveling, and whether you're a driver (with a car) or a rider. Then wait to be contacted by other carpoolers, or go ahead and contact others who list pick-up locations and dates in line with your travel plans.

    Please note that attendees are entirely responsible for making their own rideshare arrangements, including meeting times, sharing the cost of gas, etc., and following through with their plans.

    Attend the NEA Spring 2017 Meeting
    "Changing Tides" | March 23-25, 2017
    Cape Cod Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis
    See the NEA website for schedules, rates, and travel information.

    See you on Cape Cod!

  • 2017-03-07 9:03 AM | Michelle Romero

    Thursday, March 23rd, is the first day of the New England Archivists' Spring 2017 Meeting on Cape Cod. But you can start getting involved now. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #NEAsp17 for posts about the meeting, plenary speakers, local activities, and more.   

    If you are bringing your family, there are lots of things to do around Hyannis even in the off-season (and remember: if you are staying at the Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis, you and your family get full access to the resort’s amenities). Check out our Pinterest Board for local things to do in and around Hyannis. 

    With only a few weeks left, now is the time to start getting excited for the Spring 2017 Meeting. 


    Attend the NEA Spring 2017 Meeting 
    "Changing Tides" | March 23-25, 2017 
    Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis 
    Register today
    See the NEA website for schedules, rates, and travel information 

    See you in Hyannis!

  • 2017-02-27 8:53 AM | Michelle Romero

    Tomorrow, Tuesday, February 28, 2017, is the last day to apply for one of the New England Archivists' three professional development awards. These awards are given to help members in their professional development and activities:

    Richard W. Hale, Jr. Professional Development Award
    The Hale Award is given annually by NEA to promote the professional development of archivists in the region. Individual members of NEA are invited to apply for the award. For more information on the award and submitting an application, go to:

    Richard L. Haas Records Management Award
    The Haas Award is given annually by NEA in support of a project that promotes increased cooperation, understanding, and knowledge between the archival and records management professions. Applicants need not be a member of NEA to receive this award. For more information on the award and submitting an application, go to:

    Audio/Visual Professional Development Award
    The A/V Award is given annually by NEA to promote the professional development of members in the areas of moving image, recorded sound, and time-based media. Individual members of NEA are invited to apply for the award. For more information on the award and submitting an application, go to:

    Applications for all three awards and supporting documentation must be submitted to the Representatives-at-large ( by Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

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