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2021 Annual Meeting: Archives in an Era of Change – June 7–8 (Virtual)

SOA has moved its annual conference online! Join us Monday, June 7–Tuesday, June 8, 2021, for our virtual conference, Archives in an Era of Change.

Session recordings are available on SOA’s YouTube as a playlist, and also next to the session info in the schedule below. Speaker slides will be posted by the end of June.

Follow the conversation online with the meeting’s hashtag #soaam21

Questions? Contact the Educational Programming Committee Cochairs Rachael Bussert and William Modrow.

Annual Meeting Registration

  • Annual Meeting Fee: FREE for all SOA members
  • If not currently a member you will have the opportunity to join SOA through the meeting registration form by choosing within the Registration Type menu. And membership fees are just $5 (student) or $15 (individual).
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  • The registration form includes a donation option if you’d like/are able to donate to support the work of SOA. (However, SOA is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization, and so contributions to SOA are not deductible on your federal income tax returns.)
  • Registrants will receive Zoom login information via email, so be sure to use an email address you will be able to access in early June.
  • Registration closes June 6.

2021 Annual Meeting Plenary Speaker

Ben Garcia – “Archives, Libraries, Museums: Meaning-making and Magic”

Ben Garcia portrait

Ben Garcia

Ben Garcia is deputy executive director and chief learning officer at the Ohio History Connection. There he leads special projects and oversees six divisions. Prior museum experience includes tenures in the Education Department at the J. Paul Getty Museum, as associate director of education at the Skirball Cultural Center, as head of interpretation and operations at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at University of California, Berkeley, and as deputy director at the San Diego Museum of Man (now, Museum of Us). Ben serves on the boards of Equality Ohio and the Association of Midwestern Museums.

Garcia’s talk, “Archives, Libraries, Museums: Meaning-making and Magic,” will be a reflection on why our work matters, where we have gone astray, and what the path forward could be. This presentation will touch on the meaning of collections and spaces, digital and physical. And a rationale, rooted in our deepest places, for equitable practice, access and representation in our fields.


Full program (download PDF)






Schedule at a Glance (all times are Eastern)

Monday June 7, 2021

– 9:00am-10:00am – Welcome / Session 1: Who Controls the Vocabulary?: Reviewing and Implementing Community Based LGBTQ+ Descriptive Terms. [VIDEO] Karen Robertson and Lisa Wood, Ohio History Connection.
– 10:00am-10:30am – Break
– 10:30am-11:30am – Session 2: Creative Collaboration, Transformative Times: Teaching with Archival and Primary Sources. [VIDEO] Heidi Gauder, Kayla Harris, Bridget Retzloff, and Kristina Schulz, University of Dayton.
– 11:30am-12:30pm – Lunch Break
– 12:30pm-1:30pm – Session 3: Making It Work(flow): New Employees in an Era of Change. [VIDEO] Brenna Edwards, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin; Karolina Lewandowska, Commander, Navy Installations Command; Kathryn Slover and Stephanie Luke, University of Texas at Arlington.
– 1:30pm-2:00pm – Break
– 2:00pm-3:00pmVirtual Archives Crawl. [VIDEO] Miami University with Rachel Makarowski and Candace Pine; University of Dayton with Amy Rohmiller and Kristina Schulz; Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions with Gino Pasi.
– 3:00pm-3:05pm – Closing. SOA Council.

Tuesday June 8, 2021

– 9:00am-10:00am – Welcome / Plenary. [VIDEO] Archives, Libraries, Museums: Meaning-making and Magic. Ben Garcia, Ohio History Connection [HANDOUT: 5 Tips for Inclusive Organizations]
– 10:00am-10:30am – Break
– 10:30am-11:30am – Session 4: Amplifying Diverse Voices: Documenting the History of Underrepresented Communities at Two Ohio Universities. [VIDEO] Victor Fleischer [SLIDES], University of Akron; Matthew Francis [SLIDES], Ohio Northern University.
– 11:30am-12:30pm – Lunch Break
– 12:30pm-1:30pm – Session 5: Lightning Round Poster Session. [VIDEO] Sarah Aisenbrey and Michelle Bodine, Sisters of the Precious Blood; Kim Hoffman and Rachel Makarowski, Miami University; Suzanne Reller, University of Cincinnati; Amy Rohmiller, University of Dayton.
– 1:30pm-2:00pm – Break
– 2:00pm-3:00pm – Session 6: Pivoting for Productivity: Adapting Workflows During a Pandemic and Going Forward. [VIDEO] Virginia Dressler, Kent State University [SLIDES]; Nicole Sutton and Cindy Lindsay, Columbus Metropolitan Library.
– 3:00pm-3:30pm – Business Meeting / Closing. SOA Council. [VIDEO] All are welcome to join us in recognizing Merit Award and Student/New Professional Scholarship winners, as well as newly elected members of SOA Leadership.

Last Updated on June 16, 2021 by janet_carleton