Philadelphia Conference Sessions — Call for Speakers

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) Fall 2013 Program Committee is seeking presentations to round out the sessions slated for the fall meeting. As a sneak peek of what will be presented at the Philadelphia meeting, we are seeking presentations on:
  • Evaluating User Experience in Archives: 2-3 speakers who are involved or have engaged in assessing user experiences, particularly assessment of users’ interaction with websites and/or online finding aids, outreach efforts, exhibitions, or use of the reading room.
  • Ghosts of Careers Past: Bringing Previous Experience into the Archives. 2 speakers. Speakers will discuss previous careers, hobbies, skills, or experiences that have informed the way they fulfill their duties in libraries and archives.
  • Art from Archives, 3-4 speakers. Session participants will discuss ways in which materials from their collections have been used for creative projects. This includes innovative lobby displays, education programs, creative digital encoding and/or website development and design, and interpretive projects of all kinds.
  • Naval Archives Collections, 2 speakers to discuss naval history documents in archival and library collections.
  • Tech Tools Pecha Kucha, 8-9 speakers to discuss a tech tool (software, website, or social media) that they’ve used in their archives, particularly if they’ve used it in an innovative way. Pecha kucha presentations generally consist of 20 slides, shown for 20 seconds each (total of 6 minutes, 40 seconds). Attendees will be able to walk away with a list of tools to checkout further on their own.
  • Science Archives Collections, 2-3 speakers to discuss the uniqueness and importance of science collections.
  • Web exhibitions and mobile applications, 3 speakers involved in creating web exhibitions and/or mobile applications to enhance “visitor” access to and engagement with archives and archival collections. Examples focusing on mobile-ready design for use with smart phones and tablets, use of web components as enhancements to physical exhibitions, or innovative approaches to bringing in new user groups/”visitors” via web exhibitions are encouraged.
  • Primary Source Instruction in Higher Education, 4 speakers to present innovative methods of using primary sources in special collections or archival instruction at the undergraduate or graduate level. All topics are welcome but may include case studies, lesson plans, evaluation methods, developing instruction programs, collaborations with faculty, etc.
  • Increasing Public Awareness/ Educating People about Archives, 1-2 speakers, to present on projects involving educating various communities about archives and primary sources (other than in Higher Education).
  • Lost Treasures, 2-3 speakers, to share how they unraveled a mystery; through the many and varied records scoured, twists and turns, and the conclusion.
  • Politics, Professionalism, and the Future of Archival Advocacy, 2-3 speakers, why the archives profession needs to seek out opportunities to advance our interests through direct political engagement. It will also look at instances where this has been successful and discuss how this recalibration of advocacy efforts might come about at the institutional and individual level.
  • Implementations of Encoded Archival Context-Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families (EAC-CPF). 2-3 speakers. Presentations on finished projects, works-in-progress, or planning for implementation. We especially invite contributions that speak to using EAC-CPF in order to network collections across institutions as well as all aspects of archival authority control.
  • Role of graphics archives in the 21st-century, 2-3 speakers to address the changing nature of graphics special collections as affected by digitization, changes in visual materials cataloging, and staffing. Speakers could address issues related to the project management; the changing role of graphics curators/archivists; the leveraging of graphics collections in the promotion of the institution in which they are held; as well as possibly a speaker who provides insight about how to process graphic collections to archivists who have little experience with visual materials.

If you are interested in participating in a session as a speaker, please send your name, contact information, and a brief description of your talk to the Program Committee at no later than February 28, 2013 (the sooner the better) and the organizing PC member will be in touch with you.


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