Annual Conferences

Past Conferences: 2023 | 2022 | 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011

Society of Ohio Archivists Annual Meeting 2024

Archives for All: Enhancing Accessibility and Inclusivity

The Society of Ohio Archivists is planning a hybrid Annual Meeting on Thursday (virtual only) and Friday (hybrid), May 16-17, 2024. The in-person portion of the conference (Friday, May 17) will be held at Capital University in the Harry C. Moores Student Union, 745 Pleasant Ridge Ave, Columbus, OH 43209.

Follow the conversation online at #soaam24 on X/Twitter and Facebook.


This May, the Society of Ohio Archivists Annual Meeting will be traveling to Bexley, Ohio! You are invited to join us on Thursday, May 16 (virtual), and on Friday, May 17 (hybrid) at Capital University in Bexley, Ohio. Day one (Thursday) is comprised of all virtual sessions, available to all registrants. Day two (Friday) is a full day of in-person sessions with one session in each time block live streamed for virtual attendees.

Questions? Please contact Sara Mouch or Michelle Sweetser, Co-Chairs, Society of Ohio Archivists Educational Programming Committee.


A headshot photograph of a woman with long dark hair. She is smiling and wearing a purple shirt.

Dr. Lydia Tang, Keynote Speaker, SOA Annual Meeting 2024

We are excited to announce Dr. Lydia Tang as our keynote speaker for this year’s conference. Dr. Tang is an Outreach and Engagement Coordinator for Lyrasis. Previously, she held archivist positions at Michigan State University, the Library of Congress, and numerous graduate positions at the University of Illinois, where she received her MLIS and Doctor of Musical Arts degree. She is the 2020 recipient of SAA’s Mark A. Greene Emerging Leader Award and a co-founder of the SAA Accessibility & Disability Section. She has very involved in advancing accessibility in archives through standards development with the Guidelines for Accessible Archives for People with Disabilities and open source technologies including ArchivesSpace, CollectionSpace, and DSpace. She has written about accessible physical archival spaces, hiring and advancement practices, taught accessibility workshops for Lyrasis Learning and the Midwest Archives Conference, and delivered keynotes on accessibility in archives for Best Practice Exchange (2022) and Code4Lib (2023). She is currently co-editing a forthcoming book for Litwin Press with Dr. Gracen Brilmeyer, Preserving Disability: Disability and the Archival Profession.


Register online or mail-in in this form (PDF). Registration fees for both the full meeting and virtual-only option are tiered.

Virtual Only RegistrationThrough May 15.
• Member $40
• Non-Member $80
• Student $25

Onsite Day-of RegistrationNo lunch option.
• Member: $85
• Non-Member: $125
• Student: $35

Regular Registration: April 16-May 8.
• Member: Both days with Friday lunch $85
• Non-Member: Both days with Friday lunch $125
• Student: Both days includes Friday lunch $35

Early Bird Registration: Through April 15.
• Member: Both days with Friday lunch $80
• Non-Member: Both days with Friday lunch $120
• Student: Both days includes Friday lunch $30

Cancellations: for a refund must be made before 5 pm on May 8, 2024. We are able to transfer your registration to someone else after that time, however. Please see the online registration form for full details. For registration questions contact [email protected].

Note: We’re offering a $30 discount to individuals presenting at the conference.


Thursday, May 16 (Virtual Only)

8:45-9AM – Opening
9-10AM – Concurrent Session: Principles & Practice for Accessible Digitization. Sidney Gao and James Van Mil, University of Cincinnati
9-10AM – Concurrent Session: Archives on the Hill. Collette McDonough, Kettering Foundation; Eira Tansey, Memory Rising; Bryan Whitledge, Central Michigan University
10-11AM – Break
11AM-12PM – Concurrent Session: Building Inclusive Futures: Crafting and Implementing a DEIA Strategic Plan; Candace Pine, Miami University [presentation slides]
11AM-12PM – Concurrent Session (Lightning Round): Remembering is Resistance. Jacquelyn Iyamah, @makingthebodyahome; Trust the (Re)Process: Enhancing Accessibility for the Jim Harrison Collection. Andrea Howard, Grand Valley State University [presentation slides]
12-1PM – Break
1-2PM – Concurrent Session: Flickr and Football: Creating Approachable Archives for Alumni. Wendy Guerra and Amy Schindler, the University of Nebraska at Omaha
1-2PM – Concurrent Session: The Appalachian Regional Heritage Stewardship Program: Creating and Sustaining Communities of Opportunity. Dyani Feige, Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts

Friday, May 17 (In Person & Virtual)

8:30-9:30AM – Registration & Silent Auction
9:30-9:45AM – Welcome: SOA President
9:45-10:45AM – Concurrent Session: Intersectional DEI: We are Nobody without Everybody. A common-sense approach to accessibility. Michelle Ganz, Dominican Sisters of Peace (live streamed) [presentation slides]
9:45-10:45AM – Concurrent Session: Creating Access for All at the WYSO Archives. Jocelyn Robinson, WYSO; Sam Meister, Future Access for All
10:45-11AM – Break
11AM-12PM – Concurrent Session: Engagement Discussion: What Brings You to SOA? Members of the SOA JEDAI Committee: Penelope Shumaker and Nicole Sutton
11AM-12PM – Concurrent Session: SOA By-Laws. SOA Council
12-12:45PM – Lunch & Business & Silent Auction
12:45-1:45PM – Afternoon Keynote: Dr. Lydia Tang [presentation slides] (live streamed)
1:45-2PM – Break
2-3PM – Concurrent Session: “The One Thing You Cannot Do is Take:” Fostering Local Models of Listening in Archives. Alia Wegner, Miami University; Janet Rhodes, Toledo Lucas County Public Library; Brenda J. Foster, Columbus College of Art & Design; Nick Pavlik, Bowling Green State University; Amber Bales, The Ohio State University [presentation slides]
2-3PM – Concurrent Session: Meeting People Where They Are: Reassessing Programming Needs and Collections Access Points. Kristen Newby, Columbus Metropolitan Library; Natalie Fritz, Clark County Historical Society; Rachael Bussert, Dayton Metropolitan Library (live streamed)
3:15-4PM – Concurrent Session: Archive Management Practices & Strategies for Small Academic Libraries. Brigitte Galauner and Jenni Royce, University of Findlay (live streamed)
3:15-4PM – Concurrent Session (Lightning Round): A Fresh Start: Providing Better Access by Redefining Collection Mission and Goals. Stephanie Shreffler, University of Dayton; Rolling with the Surges: Lessons Learned in Inclusive Collecting during the Pandemic. Judith Wiener and Kristin Rodgers, The Ohio State University Health Sciences Library; Exhibits for all: Universal design and audio guide creation for exhibits. Michele Jennings, University of Dayton
4-4:15PM – Closing/Leave

Venue (In-Person, Day 2)

Capital University in the Harry C. Moores Student Union, 745 Pleasant Ridge Ave, Columbus, OH 43209.


Free onsite parking at Capital University is available in any of the S or F lots; no pass is required. Our conference spaces are inside the Harry C. Moores Student Union; the closest lots are S4 on College Avenue and S3 on Pleasant Ridge Avenue. A campus map is available on the Capital University website.


Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors:

Logo for Hollinger Metal Edge Archival Storage Materials

Logo for Archival MethodsLogo for Case Western Reserve University Kelvin Smith Library


If you are coming from out of town and intend to stay either Thursday night or Friday night, Capital University recommends the following hotels that fit a range of budgets and needs:

35 West Spring Street
Columbus, OH 43215

175 East Town Street
Columbus, OH 43215

1450 Airpointe Drive
Columbus, OH 43219

2900 Airport Drive
Columbus, OH 43219

3920 Tuller Road
Dublin, OH 43017

Local Amenities Map

Also, for more things local, check out our Local Arrangements Map. It includes hotels, lunch & dinner spots, local establishments of interest, and local attractions.


Silent Auction

Each year SOA offers four scholarships, two to current students and two to recent graduates, using funds from our raffle / silent auction. The scholarships consist of conference registration (including lunch), a one-year membership to SOA, and a $100 travel stipend. The funds raised from the silent auction are critical to SOA’s support of students and new professionals. This year we are putting together a fun group of items. You will be able to bid on the silent auction items in person on Friday.

Items for bid include swag, gift baskets, tickets, gift certificates, memberships, etc., from BalletMet, the Columbus Museum of Art, Gaylord, Gramercy Books, National Veterans Memorial and Museum, the Ohio State University, Schmidt’s Restaurant and Sausage Haus, and Young’s Jersey Dairy.


The Educational Programming Committee members have been working hard to bring you an amazing conference. Thank you to our committee members:

Rachael Bussert, Dayton Metro Library
Melissa Dalton, Independent Archivist/ Public Historian (SOA President)
Matt Francis, Ohio Northern University (SOA Vice President/President-Elect)
Betsy Hedler, Ohio History Connection (SOA/OHC Liaison)
Angela Keltner, Dayton Metro Library
Riza Miklowski, Akron-Summit County Public Library
William Modrow, Miami University
Sara Mouch, University of Toledo (cochair 2023-2025)
Kieth Peppers, Baldwin Wallace University
Nathaniel Ricks
Michelle Sweetser, Bowling Green State University (cochair 2023-2025)
Adam Wanter, MidPointe Library System

If you have any questions, please contact the EPC co-chairs Sara Mouch or Michelle Sweetser. We can’t wait to see you in Columbus!

Last Updated on May 28, 2024 by Emily Gainer