The Society of American Archivists’ Annual Meeting will take place in Washington, D.C. this year from August 10-16. If this will be your first annual meeting, check out the Official Guide for First-Time Conference Attendees. Produced by SNAP Members, this guide has tons of advice to help you prepare, pack, network, and choose sessions. You can also browse the results of last year’s annual meeting Twitter chat. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for SAA 2014.
Students and archives professionals earning less than $50,000 a year will save money on registration by joining SAA.
Student registration costs the same regardless of when you register. Non-students can save $110 if you register for the conference before July 7. If you register before July 18, you can save $50 with the Advance rate. It is also possible to register for just one day of the conference.
Apply for the Spontaneous Scholarship program
Until June 27 (this Friday), you can throw your name in the hat for Kate Theimer’s Spontaneous Scholarship program. If your name is drawn, you will be reimbursed for your conference registration fees. You can also help others by donating to the fund. Donations by verified SNAP members will be matched up to $1,000 by an anonymous donor.
Sign up to share a room or a ride
SNAP hosts a spreadsheet where you can find rides, request roommates, or offer up a couch for the conference.
MEET NEW PEOPLE
Attend the SNAP Roundtable Meeting
Jointly hosted by SNAP and the Lone Arrangers, our annual roundtable meeting will take place on Wednesday, August 13 from 5:15 – 7:15 pm. The meeting will feature panel discussions on archival consultation, internships, and mentoring. This is a great opportunity to catch up with colleagues and make new friends.
Sign up for the Navigator Program
Sponsored by the Women Archivists Roundtable and Membership Committee, this program matches first-time conference attendees with a conference veteran. Navigators are available to answer questions in the weeks leading up to the conference and to meet in person.The deadline to request a Navigator is July 1.
Join a Service Project
Service projects at the Annual Meeting allow SAA Members to give back to the community. 2014 service projects will be hosted on Tuesday and Wednesday (before the plenary). Watch the Host Committee’s blog for more information about volunteering opportunities. Participation may be limited, so you might want to sign up early.
Participate in the Lunch Buddy Program
SNAP hosts a public spreadsheet to help SAA members find people to share meals with throughout the conference. This is a great opportunity to network with mentors and colleagues while exploring Washington, D.C.’s famous culinary diversity.
Visit the Networking Café
The Networking Café, open Wednesday through Saturday, features the SAA Career Center, Mentoring Program Meet-and-Greet, and booths for various education programs.
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