And with that record-setting long blog post title, I’m passing along two messages (below). If you don’t remember what the Annual Meeting Task Force is about, it’s trying to make the SAA Annual Meeting better for attendees (more affordable, more accessible, more valuable, etc.) and also increase the value for people who can’t physically attend. I would particularly encourage people who haven’t been able to attend meetings but who would like to, or would like to get access to the content of meetings, to give your feedback to the task force. SAA has lots of ways of getting feedback from its members, but not a lot of ways to get feedback from non-members, so if this issue is of interest to you, speak up. And of course, if you’ve attended a lot of meetings and have your own opinions (and I know you do), here’s your chance.
First, here’s an opportunity for a Google+ hangout:
As you may know, the Annual Meeting Task Force is holding an open forum at the meeting in San Diego this coming Thursday. The purpose of the forum is to let everyone know about the research that has been done so far and to get opinions about the Annual Meeting from those in attendance (what you like, what could be dropped, etc.). If you will be at SAA, I encourage you to attend.
Though I am a member of the Task Force, I will not be in San Diego and am considering hosting a Google hangout at the same time (noon PDT/3pm EDT). The forum itself will be “World Cafe style,” so in essence this will be just another table at the cafe. Would you be interested in attending? If so, please let me know by noon on Monday (firstname.lastname@example.org). It would be great to have a mix of both new and experienced archivists. Depending on the response I get from SNAP, I will also post this to the A&A list.
Safe travels to all who are on their way to San Diego. Have a great time and hopefully I’ll see you next year in New Orleans!
Second, another call for you to send in feedback if you can’t attend the open forum:
The Annual Meeting Task Force wants to hear what you have to say! Send your thoughts, ideas, and topics to Rachel Vagts—anything related to the SAA Annual Meeting is fair game.
Rachel is a great person, so I know if you send in your feedback she will take it seriously.
And if you want to see a Google+ Hangout happen, get in touch with Jennifer. I think it might be a good idea to schedule several of these since not everyone will be able to make the scheduled time slot anyway, but let her know that.
So, if you’ve got something to say, here are multiple chances for you: in person, on Google+ and via email. Please take advantage of them.