Thursday, May 30, 2019

ASA Staff Attend Society of Southwest Archivists Conference

Pictured (left to right) Emy Teis, Becky Ballard, Jane Wilkerson and Stephanie Carter

Several members of our staff were in Tucson, Arizona, attending the 2019 Conference of the Inter-Mountain Archivists & Society of Southwest Archives Joint Annual Meeting, "Crossing Borders, Blazing Trails."

Stephanie Carter, Emily Ties, Rebecca Ballard and Jane Wilkerson, along with more than 200 archivists from the Southwest region of the United States, attended the May 15-18 conference. The conference focused on best practices for documenting and preserving materials from minority communities.

Conference speakers discussed the multifaceted challenges their institutions face when trying to build relationships with divers groups. Speakers also addressed outreach efforts and obstacles for including elementary and high school teachers, concerns in digitizing manuscripts and using social media platforms to engage the public. The struggles institutions face to determine what materials would be of interest to a wide-ranging audience were discussed. 

Other topics at the conference included the work flow of an institution. Discussions included software, strategic planning and organization, the evolution of what archivists do and how to get material out to the public. The conference provided Arkansas State Archives staff members an opportunity to explore the ways other archives manage and process archival collections.