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"Sparking Change"

2017 SIA Annual Meeting and SIA/MAC Speakers' Bureau Pre-Conference Workshop

March 30-31, 2017

Ball State University Alumni Center 

2800 W. Bethel Avenue Muncie, Indiana

Join us in Muncie, Indiana on March 30-31, 2017 for the Society of Indiana Archivists Annual Meeting and Pre-Conference SIA/MAC Speakers' Bureau Workshop. This year we celebrate SIA's 45th anniversary with the theme of "Sparking Change." 

The complete 2017 Annual Meeting program is available here.

*Please note that you must register separately for the pre-conference workshop and the annual meeting (see registration links below)

MAC Speakers' Bureau/SIA Pre-Conference Workshop
Thursday, March 30, 2017 9:00AM - 4:00PM
Ball State University Alumni Center

"Exploring Access and Privacy Legal Issues for Archivists, Librarians, and Information Professionals"

Instructor Menzi Behrnd-Klodt will provide an in-depth course to access and privacy legal issues encountered by today's archivists, librarians, and curators. Taught by an archivist and attorney with extensive experience in both fields, the course will examine some of the most perplexing and vexing issues for archivists today – how to balance providing open access with preserving personal privacy (including that of third parties) and how to understand, measure, and assess the risks of using copyrighted archival material.

The workshop also will discuss ethical considerations, ownership, fair use, Section 108, and orphan works.  Participants will explore these challenging issues through lecture, pre-readings, and workshop exercises. This course will provide useful information to new and experienced professionals in public and private archives, libraries, special collections, and museums.

Registration is free of charge for SIA or MAC members. The cost for non-members of either organization is $20.00. Attendance is limited to the first 35 registrants.

Register for the pre-conference workshop by completing the online registration form.

SIA Annual Meeting
Friday, March 31, 2017  8:30AM - 5:00PM
Ball State University Alumni Center

Join archivists, librarians, and other information professionals from around the state as they share stories of how they have used innovative solutions to solve common problems, created change at their institutions, and adapted new approaches to archival services in response to user experiences.

Register and send payment by Monday, February 27, 2017 to receive early-bird registration rates: 
  • $25.00 for SIA members
  • $15.00 for SIA student members
  • $55.00 for non-members (no early-bird rate for non-members)

Rates for registrations received between Monday, February 28, 2017 and Friday, March 17, 2017
  • $35.00 for SIA members
  • $25.00 for SIA student members
  • $55.00 for non-members

Register for the annual meeting by completing the online registration form.

Important Registration Notes:
  • Registration closes on Friday, March 17, 2017.
  • Cancellations with refund must be made by emailing Rich Bernier at before March 17. On-site registration will not be available.
  • If you are not currently a member, or your membership has lapsed for the year, and want to sign up at the member rate, you must first sign up for membership. After signing up as a member, send an email to Treasurer Rich Bernier at, simply stating in the subject line “member application started, please confirm membership,” and wait for a confirmation email before submitting your registration for the meeting. Once you receive a confirmation, you can register for the meeting at the member price. You can pay for both with one check.

Annual Meeting Plenary Speaker

SIA is thrilled to welcome as this year's plenary speaker, Kelli Huth, Director of Immersive Learning for Entrepreneurial Learning at Ball State University and Past President of the Delaware County Historical Society
As Director of Immersive Learning at Ball State University, Kelli advocates for community engagement projects with students and faculty. She helps to connect campus resources with businesses and nonprofit organizations across Indiana. Working closely with the Office of Community Engagement, she facilitates projects that not only provide meaningful learning experiences to students, but that also advance Indiana communities. Kelli's talk, "Creating Context Out of Content," will explore approaches for leveraging resources and forging unlikely collaborations in order to transform the content of our collections into meaningful, relevant tools for a new age of learners.


Free parking is available at the Ball State University Alumni Center in the lot north of the building, west of Scheumann Stadium

Hotel Information

No official room block has been reserved for the annual meeting and pre-conference workshop. Accommodations may be available at local area hotels. See the complete program for hotel options.

Thursday Night Letterpress Workshop and Tour
March 30, 2017 6:30 - 9:00PM
600 E. Main Street Muncie, Indiana

Those spending Thursday night in Muncie have a unique opportunity to learn the fundamentals of letterpress printing by designing and printing a dozen note cards at the Book Arts Collaborative, located in a historic building in downtown Muncie.

Book Arts Collaborative and Tribune Showprint Posters, Inc., invite archivists to tour their facilities: a student-run cottage industry producing blank journals, printed ephemera, public workshops, and limited edition artist’s book; and the longest continually operating print shop  in the United States, complete with a collection of historic wood type and illustrative cuts. No experience necessary! The workshop will begin with a tour and invitation to explore. Our workshop leaders have extensive experience as printers and teachers. Participants will have use of the presses and type collection and assistance of printing professionals and students. Workshop participants can decide on the messages and images their printed cards will carry, such as thank you cards, personalized note cards, birthday cards, etc.

Tour cost: Free!

Workshop cost: $50 (includes 12 handmade note cards)

Register for the letterpress workshop online:

2017 Thomas Krasean Student Scholarship

The Society of Indiana Archivists will award the Thomas Krasean Student Scholarship to attend the 2017 Society of Indiana Archivists Annual Meeting, held on Friday, March 31, 2017. The scholarship recipient will receive a complimentary registration to the Annual Meeting and $150.00 to cover the expenses associated with attending. 

Application Deadline: March 10, 2017

Eligibility Requirements: An applicant must be either a graduate student enrolled in a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program, Master of Arts (MA) in History or Museum Studies program, or a related graduate program -OR- a recent graduate from one of the previously listed programs with five or fewer years of post-graduate work experience.

Recipient must be able to attend the Annual Meeting on Friday, March 31, 2017, where they will receive the check.

To Apply: Submit a statement of interest stating why you want to attend the annual meeting and how it will benefit you. Include in your statement a brief outline of your archival education and any work history, along with a description of your long-term professional goals. Please include your contact information (name, mailing address, phone, and e-mail) and contact information for your institution or employer. Statements should be limited to 200-400 words.

Additionally, the recipient is expected to write a brief (150-300 word) reflection about their experience attending the Annual Meeting and submit it along with a photograph (head shot) to be published in SIA’s News and Notes newsletter.

Please submit the information stated above via email to the committee members:

  • Jennifer Noffze
  • Angela White
  • Neal A. Harmeyer

Please direct any questions to Jennifer Noffze. 

The award recipient will be announced through the SIA listserv prior to the meeting.

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