Inaugural Virtual Conference
October 8-9, 2020 | Zoom
SIA leadership is excited to provide an educational alternative to its membership in lieu of the in-person 2020 annual meeting and Fall workshop, cancelled due to COVID-19.
Hear from your colleagues this October via Zoom. View session details in the conference program.
Registration for the October 8-9 Fall Virtual Conference is available to SIA members only at no cost. In place of registration fees, registrants are encouraged to support the SAA Archival Workers Emergency Fund directly.
- Registration will open August 21 and ends on October 1, 2020.
- To become a member, please visit our Membership page.
Please join us this winter for our new virtual pop-up series! What’s a virtual pop-up? We’re setting aside an hour during lunch to discuss archival issues. A leader will be designated for each pop-up and will facilitate the online discussion.
Pop-ups are free to SIA members and will be hosted using Zoom, a video and audio-conferencing platform. Attendees can participate by computer, tablet, or phone. Sign-in instructions will be sent via email the day before each pop-up. For additional help, visit Zoom’s Help Center. To register or become an SIA member, visit our Membership page.
Friday, November 6th | 11:30-12:30pm
Providing Virtual Reference and Outreach Services
Claire Horton, Indiana Archives and Records Administration
The COVID-19 pandemic has required archivists to make changes in the way we work and provide access to our collections. Many institutions have adopted new restrictions for on-site research, and have turned traditional outreach events into webinars. Come discuss strategies for connecting with patrons virtually, providing a safe reading room environment for patrons, and cultivating outreach opportunities on the web.
Friday, December 4th | 11:30-12:30pm
Communicating and Connecting with Stakeholders
Ashley Chu, Taylor University
While a key component of archival work includes collecting and preserving materials, communicating about a collection and promoting its use are also extremely important. This conversation will focus on sharing strategies, successes, challenges, and ideas for promoting the purpose and use of the collection, building relationships with stakeholders, and leveraging an archives as a value-add to an organization.
Friday, January 8th | 12:30-1:30pm
A Monkey Wrench: Adding Pandemic to Disaster Plan
Kaman Hillenburg, Evansville Museum of Arts
Prior to 2020 many of us thought that a comprehensive disaster plan only needed to cover natural disasters, active shooters, and terrorist threats. Little did we know that the topic of pandemic is now a quintessential chapter. Come and join fellow members to discuss ways to prepare a sweeping plan for future pandemic and epidemic diseases.