Submit a lightning talk proposal for the NEA Fall 2016 Meeting!

Submit a lightning talk proposal for the NEA Fall 2016 Meeting!

NEA is soliciting proposals for a lightning talk session to take place at the fall meeting on Friday, October 15, 2016 in at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA. The theme is “Bridging the Gaps”. Students and early professionals are encouraged to submit!

Presenting at a New England Archivists meeting is a great way to take your first steps to getting involved in the profession. NEA is small, local, and is attended by archivists you will meet again and again in your career if you stick around in the New England area. It’s also very affordable!

What is a lightning talk? A lightning talk is a short presentation which typically lasts between 5-10 minutes. It is concise, to the point, and serves to highlight a particular topic or example. You might have a few slides to accompany your talk; for example, in the PechaKucha presentation style, slides are shown at standardized intervals set to a timer – traditionally 20 slides for 20 seconds each, totally 6 minutes and 40 seconds — while the talk is given. This is a great format for a highly visual topic, but it’s just one of several possible ways you can give a lightning talk.

Lightning talks are excellent opportunities for new archivists to practice speaking in professional spaces. It’s good practice in sticking to your topic and being economical with your words, and it’s less intimidating.

What can I present on? The Call for Proposals for NEA’s Fall Meeting asks for presentations on the following:

“During Bridging the Gaps, we will explore inspiring examples of how archivists, associated professionals, and records stakeholders are working to bridge gaps in collection development and accessibility of materials.

The Fall 2016 Program Committee is especially interested in proposals about the following:

— Improving the accessibility of collections

— Adapting and expanding language to better connect with our audiences

— Building diverse collections that reach new users

— Connecting with and serving under-documented communities

— Fostering relationships between archivists and stakeholders, including records creators and users, outside of traditional repositories.”

Please consider submitting a proposal! Click here to submit your proposal.  The deadline is July 30, 2016.


By: Annalisa Moretti


REPS TourFest 2016!

REPS members and REPS advocates are all invited to join the second annual TourFest 2016!

Photograph courtesy of PorchFest.
Photograph courtesy of PorchFest.

Spend Saturday July 9th with REPS and NEA getting behind-the-scene tours of some of Boston’s most interesting archival repositories. TourFest 2016, organized by the NEA Roundtable for Early Professional and Students (REPS), starts the day off with everyone going on two in-depth, behind-the-scenes repository tours and than meets at the PorchFest in Jamaica Plain at 4pm. Come on the tours or just meet us at PorchFest.

This year’s PorchFest will feature 180 bands on more than 80 porches as well as spoken word artists, theatre, dance, storytellers and comedy!  This informal event is perfect for anyone who wants to hear a wide sampling of local music or anyone who just wants to stroll the neighborhood with friends.  Click here for more information on PorchFest.


Sign up for Tour Fest by here.


The REPS Guide to NEA Spring 2016!

Image credit: Internet Archive.

NEA’s Spring 2016 Meeting, “Uncharted Waters”, will be held next week (March 31-April 2, 2016) in Portland, ME! If you haven’t registered, advanced registration rates end this Friday, March 25!

Need a ride to Portland? Check out the ride share!

REPS is hosting a number of events at the meeting.

  • On Friday, April 1, from 10:30 am-12:00 pm, check out the REPS-sponsored panel discussion Strange New Worlds: Exploring Careers Outside of Archives.
  • Also on Friday from 3:30 pm-4:30 pm stop in to the REPS annual business meeting, where the new steering committee will be announced and introduced and we will be voting on changes to the by-laws. Read the agenda.
  • On Saturday, April 2 at 6:00 pm, join us at the REPS Meet Up at Flatbread Company Portland! RSVP here.

If this is your first time attending an NEA meeting, REPS events are a great way to meet another new archivists in the region. Here’s some other things you should check out!

  • Friday, 8 am: New Member Breakfast
  • The Archives Carnivals on Friday and Saturday afternoons, including:
    • Resume and Cover Letter review services
    • Work-Life balance brainstorming sessions
    • Home Movie Day screening
  • Friday at 4:30 pm: Archives StorySlam!, inspired by the Moth Radio Hour
  • Friday at 5:30 pm: Happy Hour reception
  • Respite Room, a new addition to the NEA meeting, providing a space to get away from the hectic pace of conferencing for awhile.

Make sure you tweet about it with other attendees! Use the hashtag #neasp16!

We at REPS hope to see you there! Have fun exploring Portland!