SAA 2013: Recap


2013 “Jump In” Initiative Panel: (L-R) Ashley Todd-Diaz, Emporia State University; Gloria Gonzales, UCLA Library Special Collections; Pamela Nye, The Westminster Schools; Tim Binkley-Bridwell, Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University; Krystal Thomas, Strozier Library, Florida State University

As with any conference, the time coming back to work is filled with everything that wasn’t attended to while you were gone. Consequently, this post is a bit late in coming, but I did want to recap some of the sessions I attended at the 77th Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archivists in New Orleans, Louisiana.


This was the day I sat for the very first Digital Archives Specialist Certification comprehensive exam. Nerve-wracking, yes, and I still don’t have the results, but overall I felt it was a good test and covered a wide variety of topics. The rest of the day I was able to spend as a guest in the Academy of Certified Archivists‘ Board meeting as the incoming Regent of Certification Maintenance. It was nice to meet the Board members I had only corresponded with via email or talked with on the telephone.


Most of the sessions I attended had something to do with digitization or born-digital records. However, I did attend sessions on other topics. Below are some of the sessions I attended, and if available, a link to their presentations.

I also attended section meetings such as the Visual Materials Section as well as the Manuscripts Section, where I gave my presentation on The Westminster Schools’ experience with the Jump-In Initiative. As a side note, the author of the report on which this initiative is based also blogged about the session. [The frog necklaces in the photo were to help celebrate the “jump in” part.]

In the “Lone Arrangers” Roundtable meeting, Katherine Roe of the New York State Archives gave a great presentation on archives and advocacy. One “lone archivist” got up and shared that she often tells people who asks what she does: “I preserve the history and tell the stories.” This got a great round of applause.

There were so many sessions that I wanted to attend but have not yet figured out how to be in two places at once. Take a look at the whole schedule available online. If there is a session or paper within a session that looks interesting to you, many speakers will be happy to share their paper or presentation with you.


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  1. Pingback: The tide is coming in: Archives and the digital tsunami | Thoughts on management·

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