NEA’s Fall 2014 Meeting, “Archives in Action”, is this Saturday, November 1, at Salve Regine University in Newport, RI! If you haven’t registered and you’re thinking about attending, registration is still open! (As of this writing, there are 44 spots left.)
The fall meetings are a great introduction to NEA and to the New England archives community. They’re only a day long, so they’re low commitment, and they’re small and not intimidating. They’re also extremely affordable. All in all, a great way to get involved and meet fellow archivists. My first archives conference was last year’s fall meeting in Amherst, and now I’m on the REPS steering committee. (It could happen to you, too!)
Though the meeting is short, there’s still a great assortment of sessions to catch your interest. There will be sessions on moving images and sound, finding funding opportunities and planning projects, records management programs, WordPress, and online exhibits. There’s also a lightning session early in the afternoon — if you’ve never been to one of these, they are a lot of fun, very energetic, with presenters giving snappy short presentations with a well-focused message.
Newport, RI is a beautiful city, and there’s lots to do there before and after the meeting. REPS is organizing an informal group tour of Chateau-sur-Mer, one of Newport’s many mansions, before the meeting, and there will also be a meet up at Brick Alley Pub at 5:30 pm. NEA has a wonderful guide for things to do in Newport, including places to eat. Also, if you’re unfamiliar with the area, Newport shares the island with two other towns, Middletown and Portsmouth, and they both have a lot of interesting attractions too.
While you are at the meeting, you should try live-tweeting about it using the hashtag #NEAfall14. And if you can’t make it this weekend, you can vicariously experience it using NEA’s Tweets in Action live feed.
If you attend the meeting this weekend, consider writing about it for the REPS blog! Learn more about how to propose a blog post here.
Here’s some reading material to gear you up for this weekend:
- Abigail Cramer wrote for our blog about her experience on an NEA Program Committee last year, if you want to get an inside perspective on how NEA Meetings are organized.
- Here’s some tips from Aliza Leventhal on getting the most out of professional organizations.
- Here’s some advice on how to survive small talk at conferences from INALJ.
- Hack Library School teaches us how to make the most of post-conference opportunities.
- Get some ideas for your outfit by checking out the ever-wonderful Librarian Wardrobe.
Annalisa Moretti is an archives assistant at Burns Library, Boston College. She graduated from Simmons College with a MS in Library Science and Archives in 2013 and is the REPS Website and Social Media Coordinator.