Northwest Archivists Annual Meeting 2018: Call for Proposals

The 2018 Northwest Archivists Conference Program Committee seeks proposals for sessions, workshops, and presentations for their upcoming conference at the Kah-Nee-Ta Resort at Warm Springs, Oregon on April 25-27, 2018. The 2018 theme is Stewarding Collections, Engaging Communities.

For more information, please view the full call for proposals on the NWA Website or visit the proposal submission form.

Individual presenters use the NWA collaboration spreadsheet to find co-presenters.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact NWA.

The submission deadline is Monday, January 15, 2018.


Call for Proposals: NWA ’16

Northwest Archivists Annual Meeting 2016: Call for Proposals

The 2016 Northwest Archivists Annual Meeting will take place from April 28 to 30, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. At this year’s meeting we will be exploring archives and archivists’ community involvement and outreach efforts with the theme ARCHIVES: COMMUNITY ALL STARS. 

The Program Committee welcomes proposals on all aspects of archival practice and research, including proposals that feature:

  • Reference, instruction, and outreach.Creative use of social media and emerging technology.
  • Advocacy and partnership building. Grant writing, marketing, fundraising, and sponsorship.
  • Collaboration. Engaging donors, students, colleagues in allied professions, and the community.
  • Innovation.Finding efficiencies, process improvements, workflow management, and innovative tools and technologies.
  • Activism and social justice. Archivists as advocates for or supporting social change, facilitating objective and judgement-free spaces, and absences and silences in the archives.
  • Digital Preservation and archiving.Workflows for acquiring, preserving, processing, and making digital materials accessible.
  • Disaster mitigation and response.How are archives and conservators responding to climate change and natural disasters?
  • Archives management. Strategic planning, project management, and program management.
  • Archival education and mentoring.Creating opportunities that support the next generation of archival professionals.
  • Any and all other ideas welcome! Including failure stories or experiences that can help others learn from mistakes and use challenges to innovate and inspire.

We welcome proposals for sessions in traditional and nontraditional formats, including:

Traditional. An open session with 2-3 papers of  about 15 minutes each and a comment and discussion period after the papers.

Panel Discussion. An open session with a panel of 3-4 individuals informally discussing a variety of theories or perspectives on the given topic.

Roundtable. An open discussion anchored by brief, 5-7 minute presentations. Active participation encouraged.

Lightning Talks. A fast-paced open session with many concise presentations delivered under a tight time limit.

Workshop. A limited enrollment full or half-day session that allows interaction and focused instruction with participants. Workshops usually teach or refine archival skills. Workshops will be held Thursday, April 28, 2016.

The committee welcomes proposals from anyone involved with archives, including archival staff and volunteers, community organizers, researchers, creators and donors, allied professionals, and academics. We especially encourage students and new professionals to share your fresh perspectives with us.

DEADLINE for submission is January 11th, 2015. Please use the online submission form to submit your proposal at: http://goo.gl/forms/kARWFi95W5 

Upcoming Archives Workshops in Seattle

Please join us for one of three pre-conference workshop at the Western Round up in Seattle! Sign up today. Remember that the early bird deadline for conference registration ends on March 31st!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

When Disaster Strikes: Emergency Preparedness & Response

The workshop will assist participants in understanding key steps in disaster preparedness and develop tools and techniques and provide opportunities to create a basic plan and to receive feedback. The workshop focuses on critical skills such as insurance, risk assessment / prevention, working with emergency recovery services, training staff, and testing disaster plans.

Presented by: Julie A. Page, Co-Coordinator for the Western States & Territories Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS) and Gary Menges, Preservation Administrator at the University of Washington Libraries

Full day, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Lunch on your own)

Cost: $50.00

Register: http://northwestarchivistsinc.wildapricot.org/Registration

Attendance is limited to 30

Archival Recertification Credits: 5, section B.3.c

Grant Writing

This practical workshop reviews various types of state, federal, and private foundation grants that have the potential to support the archival enterprise and provides information about researching and writing grant proposals. Topics include types of grants and grant funders, fundamentals of effective grant proposal writing, creating realistic budgets, the grant review process, and funding resources.

Presented by: Daniel Stokes, Director for State Programs at the NHPRC, overseeing the State and National Archival Partnership (SNAP) grants program.

Full day, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Lunch on your own)

Cost: $50.00

Attendance is limited to 25

Archival Recertification Credits: 5, section B.3.c

Register: http://northwestarchivistsinc.wildapricot.org/Registration

Implementing “More Product, Less Process”

Backlogs don’t have to weigh as heavily as they do! Focus on implementing concrete strategies for increasing processing rates and reducing backlogs as outlined in the Greene-Meissner article, “More Product, Less Process: Revamping Traditional Archival Processing,” and learn as you share information and experiences with your fellow workshop participants. Topics include appraisal, arrangement, description, digitization, and preservation, as well as development of processing plans, policies, and benchmarks.

Presented by: Jennifer Meehan, Accessioning Archivist, at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University

Time: Full day, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Lunch on your own)

Cost: SAA Members: $185 / $235

Nonmembers with WR discount $210 / $260

SAA Student Members: $95.50 / $117.50

Nonmember Student: $117.50 / $142.50

Please note that this is an Society of American Archivists workshop so you must register for it on the SAA website. Click here for more information.

Attendance is limited to 35

Archival Recertification Credits: 5, section B.3.c

Western Roundup 2010

Mark your calendars, if you haven’t already, for the Western Roundup 2010 super-regional archives meeting that will be held in Seattle from April 28-May 1.  This is a joint meeting sponsored by Northwest Archivists, Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists, Society of California Archivists, and Rocky Mountain Archivists.

What a great chance to show off our city and the great archival resources available here!  The conference program is forthcoming.  Take a look at the conference website here.

Check back to the site often for updates!


NWA Mentoring Program

Are you looking for someone with whom you can discuss professional issues or concerns?

Perhaps you are new to the profession, have started a new job, or have new duties or responsibilities in your current position and would like to confer with a more experienced archivist.

Are you an experienced archivist that would like to share your expertise and wisdom?

Then the Northwest Archivists (NWA) Mentoring Program is for you.  Mentoring is a developmental relationship in which a more experienced person provides support and guidance to a less experienced person. For example, an archivist with multiple years of professional experience could serve as a mentor to someone in their first archival job, or a person with specific skills (website development, film preservation, staff supervision, etc.) could mentor someone taking on new responsibilities or seeking to improve their abilities. A protégé (or mentee) might be someone wishing to expand his or her understanding of some aspect of the profession, or wanting an opportunity to bounce ideas off a colleague with more experience in a particular area.

You are welcome to apply as a protégé or mentor at any time.  There is no application deadline.  More detailed Information about mentoring, the NWA Mentoring Program, and applications for mentors and protégés are available at:  http://weblib.lib.umt.edu/faculty/mccrea/NWAMentoring.htm

Questions about the program can be directed to Elizabeth Nielsen (elizabeth.nielsen@oregonstate.edu; 541.737.0543) or Donna McCrea (donna.mccrea@umontana.edu; 406.243.4403).  We look forward to talking with you!