Well, it’s that time of year — time for many of us to pull up stakes and head to the Society of American Archivists annual meeting, this year in San Diego. I’ll be attending along with other OCLC Research colleagues: Jennifer, Bruce, Ellen, Ixchel, and Jackie, who will be taking office as president of SAA at the close of the meeting. (As part of her official duties, Jackie has helped launch a new blog called “Off the Record” as an informal communication channel for issues related to SAA and “things archival.”)
You will see us at a variety of sessions. I’ll be starting off the meeting by attending the TS-EAD meeting on Wednesday (this is the group overseeing the long overdue update for Encoded Archival Description. On Thursday, I’ll be chairing session 201, Taking Stock and Making Hay: Archival Collections Assessment in Action. My colleagues will also be taking part in conference sessions. Jackie will be presenting in session 507, Strategies for Undertaking Electronic Records Management in Museums (her talk is titled “Setting the Context for Born-Digital Management in a Cultural Institution”); Jennifer is chairing session 508, Interlibrary Loan and Archives: The Final Frontier. And Ixchel is presenting in session 504, Breaking Down Boundaries Incorporating Users into Digital Repository Development (her talk is titled “Infusing Consumer Data Reuse Practices into Curation and Preservation Activities”). Unfortunately, all my colleagues are presenting in the same Saturday morning slot, so there are some tough choices there.
Jennifer is also helping to convene the EAD Consortia Brown Bag Lunch on Thursday afternoon; this is an opportunity for regional/statewide aggregators of archival resources to exchange of information about each others’ projects and programs, but all are welcome.
I will be hanging out at the ArchiveGrid booth with Bruce and Ellen when the Exhibit Hall is open on Thursday and Friday. We will be collect ideas about what people like about ArchiveGrid, and how we can improve it, and also getting your feedback on some new design ideas. I also have some special badges for those who visit the booth so please drop by booth #302! We will be giving updates about various OCLC Research projects in roundtables and section meetings, so it will be sort of hard to avoid us. Flag us down and say hello!