Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Report from SAA 2011

Chicago, as seen from the foot of the Magnificent Mile during the golden hour.

Karen and I are both back in the office after attending the Society of American Archivists 2011 annual meeting last week. We got to catch up with colleagues, check out the latest and greatest new technology at the vendor fair, and enjoy Chicago's invigorating culture.

My favorite session was "What Happens After 'Here Comes Everybody': An Examination of Participatory Archives." Speakers Kate Theimer, Elizabeth Yakel, and Alexandra Eveleigh provided a working definition of "participatory archives" and examined the implications of harnessing participatory culture to develop and describe collections. After speaking on related themes at UCLA last year, I'm glad to see the concept of participatory archives gaining traction and acceptance.

I was also glad to meet a few folks who recognized HC&A from this blog. Thanks for reading!

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