Call for Proposals for 2018 Annual Meeting

SFA35, the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Society of Florida Archivists, will take place May 8-11, 2018 at Hotel Duval in Tallahassee, FL.

The 2018 Society of Florida Archivists Annual Meeting Committee invites session proposals for live presentations and a poster session that will educate and broaden the perspectives of our membership. Submissions may focus on practices within a specific repository, a type of institution, or examine institutional partnerships. Proposal topics addressing any aspect of archival practice are welcome.

Proposed sessions may incorporate any of the following session formats:

  • Individual papers. 10-15 minutes in length and typically combined into a 45-minute session followed by a comment-and-discussion period.
  • Papers in a complete panel session. Two or three papers with a common theme and a chair/moderator, comprising a 45-minute session followed by a comment-and-discussion period.
  • Discussion-based panel sessions. Visual or media presentations (e.g., videos, films, physical items from collections) followed by group discussion. One to three presenters may comprise a single session.
  • Lightning talks. Short individual talks given in rapid succession, followed by a comment-and-discussion period.
  • Poster sessions. Visual displays of projects, activities, or applied or theoretical research, to be incorporated into a larger poster session.
  • Other formats. Hands-on demonstrations or other formats that encourage engagement and conversation.

Proposal Criteria:

  • Submissions should be simple narratives of no more than 300 words that explain the purpose of the session, the intended audience, and how the session will proceed. You need not name specific presenters, but a designated chair or moderator must be identified. Please include that individual’s contact information (institution, mailing address, email, and phone). Preference will be given to session proposals that demonstrate the following characteristics:
  • Inclusion of geographically and demographically diverse perspectives and initiatives.
  • Potential impact on archives and records management practice.
  • Relevance of the topic for society members and other interested attendees.
  • Interaction and engagement with session participants.
  • Presenters need not be SFA members, but will be expected to arrange their own conference registration, travel, and accommodations.

Proposals are due to the Annual Meeting Committee by the end of the day Sunday, February 4, 2018. Questions regarding your submission, proposal criteria, or the submission process should be addressed to Sandra Varry or Brittney Farley.

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