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  • 2022-08-09 9:04 AM | Anonymous



    Past. Present. Possibilities.

    New England Archivists (NEA) invites submission of session proposals for our Spring Meeting to be held March 31 - April 1, 2023, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

    The deadline for proposals is September 6, 2022.

    As we celebrate NEA’s 50th anniversary, this meeting offers us a chance to come together to reflect on the history of our field and the changes it has weathered. We urge members to think about archives workers in this current moment in time: about how our work affects our social, political, and environmental worlds. And as we look to the future, we are called to consider: what are the most important challenges and opportunities in the archival field taking shape on the horizon?

    We look forward to seeing you all in Portsmouth!

    Possible Session Types

    Standard Presentations

    Two or three speakers present on a common theme. May include a moderator to steer discussion and/or introduce speakers and theme.

    Open Forum

    Topical discussion with moderator leading discussion with attendees. May include additional moderator(s) to direct breakout conversations.

    Roundtable Discussion

    Three or four participants make very brief remarks, then discuss a topic together. Includes a moderator to steer discussion.


    Each presentation consists of 20 slides or images displayed for 20 seconds each, with comment, and lasts 6 minutes and 40 seconds. Highest number of presenters possible is 12, fewer if leaving time for questions.

    Lightning Talks

    Like PechaKucha, but without a set format. May or may not include slides or images. Presentations may be from 3 to 10 minutes long, with a number of presenters depending on time allotted for each.


    Moderator announces the topic, and two other individuals debate.

    Note: standard AV (a projector and screen) will be provided for each session. Presenters are expected to provide a laptop for connecting to the projector, as well as any additional audiovisual equipment needs.



    To facilitate collaboration, the Spring 2023 Program Committee has created a space for NEA members to develop session proposals together:

    Please use this space to connect with your colleagues about potential session topics and formats. This collaborative space will be accessible until the deadline for proposals, September 6, 2022.


    Proposal Submission

    To submit a proposal, complete the form here:

    Please note that proposed sessions involving fewer than three presenters and/or covering overlapping topics may be grouped together.

    All submissions will be acknowledged by the Program Committee. If your proposal is selected, your acknowledgment will include instructions about next steps. All presenters are required to register for the conference upon acceptance, at the early-bird rate, and to fund their own travel expenses.


    Scholarships and Awards:

    Meeting and travel scholarships are available through NEA for those in need. Details may be found on the NEA website:

    Please also refer to the following pages for specific details on:

    Accessibility and Code of Conduct:

    NEA is committed to making the Spring 2023 Meeting welcoming and accessible to all presenters and attendees. Presenters are encouraged to ensure that their presentations meet current accessibility guidelines. Presenters are also required to abide by the NEA Code of Conduct, which can be found here:

    If you will need specific accommodations, such as interpretive services, to support your participation in this event, please contact the program chairs ( and

  • 2022-03-22 10:22 PM | Anonymous

    The New England Archivists Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021-22 election:

    Brett Freiburger, Vice-President/President Elect
    Michelle Farias, Secretary
    Sean Park, Treasurer-Elect/Treasurer
    Peter Carini, Representative-at-Large
    Abigail Malangone, Representative-at-Large

    Congratulations to our incoming Board members! Thanks to the voting membership for participation in this important process, and many thanks to all the candidates who put themselves forward to serve our organization.

    New England Archivists Nominating Committee 2021-22:
    Linda Hocking (Chair)
    Jamie Rice
    Monika Lehman
    Kris Kobialka

  • 2022-03-07 5:16 PM | Anonymous

    The New England Archivists Inclusion and Diversity Committee is pleased to announce the completion of the Contingent Employment Study and the publication of "Nothing About It Was Better Than a Permanent Job": Report of the New England Archivists Contingent Employment Study Task Force. Read the findings and recommendations in the report here.

    This report contains the study’s methodology, results, analysis, and recommendations for how NEA, workers, managers, and administrators can support contingent workers and advocate for sustained change in our field. The results, when taken together with data from NEA’s first Contingent Employment Study in 2016, indicate that contingent employment is still a pervasive force in the archival field that negatively affects the stability and growth of workers, institutions, and the profession. 

    Some of the study’s findings include:

    • 35% of survey respondents had been employed for more than 5 years over the course of their career. For nearly 17%, it was more than 8 years.
    • More than half of respondents had landed a noncontingent job at some point in their career, but 40% still ended up contingently employed afterwards.
    • More than half had taken a job outside the archival field because they couldn’t find a job in the field and/or needed the money to make ends meet.
    • 37% had considered leaving the field due to contingent employment, including 40% of new professionals.
    • Half of surveyed job postings were for contingent jobs, and more than 70% of term jobs lasted for a year or less.
    • 25% of survey respondents did not receive any job offers during their most recent job search, and many said that contingent employment was a necessity because they had no other choice.

    The Contingent Employment Study Task Force is planning an event to share the results and recommendations with NEA membership in the spring.

    Stephanie Bredbenner, Chair, Contingent Employment Study Task Force
    Jeanne Lowrey, Chair, Inclusion and Diversity Committee.

  • 2021-09-20 10:31 PM | Anonymous

    The New England Archivists Executive Board would like to thank everyone who responded by volunteering and providing feedback on our difficult decision regarding how to proceed with the Spring 2022 Meeting.

    During the information-gathering process, events overtook us. On August 20, the manager of the hotel we had contracted with for the Spring 2022 Meeting venue informed us that they would not be able to meet the terms of our contract. With this cancellation, we are no longer subject to a financial penalty, and the decision to move forward with a virtual meeting has been made easier. Although many respondents indicated that they vastly prefer the experience of meeting in person overall, the majority of responses indicated that the best choice would be to move to a virtual format. The ongoing uncertainties we face due to the fallout from the continuing health crisis leave us confident in our decision not to seek an alternative venue but instead to host a second virtual annual meeting.

    We are also pleased to report that we now have enough volunteers to fully form a Spring 2022 Program Committee. Once the committee membership has been approved, more information will follow, including new dates for the meeting and a call for proposals. If you have any questions, please reach out to Emily Atkins, NEA Meeting Coordinator, at

    With gratitude to our engaged and engaging community,

    The New England Archivists Executive Board

  • 2021-08-25 3:03 PM | Anonymous

    The New England Archivists (NEA) is dedicated to cultivating membership, participation, and leadership that reflect the broad diversity of our region and our profession. Inclusion and diversity are core organizational values at the heart of the NEA’s mission.

    The Inclusion and Diversity Committee (IDC) offers many ways for volunteers to get involved, including coordinating our newsletter column, chairing the Inclusion and Diversity Scholarship Committee, and supporting the meeting program committees with accessibility planning. In the coming year, we will support the work of the Contingent Employment Study Task Force, continue to work on establishing a racial justice honoraria fund, and engage in other projects that promote diversity, equity, and accessibility within NEA.

    You can learn more about the IDC’s work here.

    The IDC is currently seeking to fill several roles to continue our work:

    • IDC Vice Chair/Chair-Elect (2-year term) → one open role
    • IDC Member (2-year term)  one open role
    • IDC Members (1-year term)  → two open roles

    Joining the IDC is a great way to get involved with NEA. Students and new professionals are particularly welcome to apply. We look forward to working with you!

    Brief statements of interest (1-2 paragraphs) are due to by the end of the day on Friday, October 15th.

    Please see below for position descriptions and complete application instructions.

    Questions? Contact us:


    IDC Vice Chair/Chair-Elect → one open role

    Vice Chair/Chair-Elect → One 2-year position (November 2021-November 2023)

    The IDC Vice Chair/Chair-Elect serves for two years: a one-year term as Vice Chair/Chair-Elect, immediately followed by a one-year term as Chair. The purpose of this structure is to distribute leadership responsibilities and workload evenly within the committee, to give the vice chair a year to become familiar with the IDC and NEA before stepping into the chair role, and to create a mentoring component for both positions. The duties of Vice Chair/Chair-Elect include:

    • Supporting the IDC Chair’s work to coordinate committee programming, events, trainings, and initiatives
    • Assisting with scheduling and creating agendas for monthly meetings
    • Serving as a point person for IDC initiatives as needed
    • Contributing to NEA Executive Board discussions on issues concerning inclusion, diversity, and social justice and serving as a non-voting board member
    • Attending (virtually or in person) quarterly NEA board meetings
    • Coordinating and contributing to the IDC’s ongoing column, “From IDEAs to Action,” for the NEA Newsletter
    • Estimated time commitment: 5-10 hours per month

    IDC members → three open roles

    Committee Member – 2-year term  → one open role (November 2021-October 2023)

    Committee Members – 1-year term  → two open roles (November 2021-October 2022)

    IDC members will serve either one- or two-year terms. This structure allows for continuity from year to year while also opening opportunities for involvement to those who may not be able to commit to longer terms. The IDC Chair and Vice Chair strive to connect committee members to the broader activities of NEA and to support their engagement with the NEA leadership and community.

    Duties include:

    • Attending (virtually) monthly IDC meetings
    • Contributing to the development of IDC programming, events, trainings, and initiatives
    • Performing duties related to IDC initiatives, such as chairing the Inclusion and Diversity Scholarship Committee
    • Coordinating and contributing to the IDC’s ongoing column, “From IDEAs to Action,” for the NEA Newsletter
    • Acting as an IDC representative on other NEA committees, such as meeting program committees or the nominating committee.
    • Serving as a point person for IDC initiatives, as needed
    • Estimated time commitment: 3-5 hours per month

    Application Instructions

    All applicants must be NEA members in good standing. Please indicate in your statement and in your email subject line the position(s) you are interested in. Applicants are encouraged to submit a statement that describes:

    • Your interest in serving on the IDC
    • Why equity, diversity, and inclusion work is important to you
    • Any thoughts you have about how the IDC can better serve the NEA community

    All applications will be reviewed by the NEA Executive Board, as well as the Chair, Vice Chair, and current members of the IDC.

  • 2021-06-11 12:20 PM | Anonymous

    The New England Archivists Fall Program Committee invites proposals for presentations for the Fall Meeting, Preservation: Save (It) Yourselves!, to be held virtually on October 22, 2021.

    Each talk will have 10-15 minutes to share a success story, completed project, specific strategy, or problem-solving approach to a preservation issue.

    Proposal topics of interest might include but are not limited to:

    • Writing successful preservation grants
    • Implementing a preservation grant (managing labor/timeline)
    • Handling preservation on a budget
    • Tips for preserving three-dimensional objects
    • Starting a born-digital preservation program

    Deadline for submitting proposals: Friday, July 2
    Notifications of accepted proposals: Monday, July 19

    Please submit your proposals via this Google Sheet. The sheet can also be used to connect potential speakers who may want to work together on a presentation proposal.

    If you have any questions, please contact the NEA Fall Program Committee via

  • 2021-06-10 9:22 AM | Anonymous

    Attention student members of New England Archivists: the NEA Newsletter Committee seeks submissions from NEA student members to recognize their achievement in archival writing. The winning work will be featured in the October 2021 issue of the NEA Newsletter, and the author will receive a prize of $150. This award is open to NEA student members in good standing; the membership status of applicants will be verified by the Membership Secretary. Regular and institutional NEA members are not eligible to apply.

    Applicants may submit one work for consideration. The length of the submission should be between 1,500 and 2,000 words. Complete applications will include:

    1. Cover sheet with

    • Applicant’s name
    • Applicant’s academic affiliation
    • Applicant’s mailing address
    • Applicant’s preferred email address
    • Applicant’s phone number
    • Date of application
    • Applicant’s signature

    2. One original and previously unpublished written work that advances scholarship in archives or records management (pieces originally submitted as part of coursework are accepted). Send applications by Wednesday, June 30, to

  • 2021-03-16 7:38 AM | Anonymous

    NEA Executive Board Meeting
    Friday March 19, 2021
    Virtual Meeting via ZOOM
    9am-1 pm

    All NEA members are welcome to attend the NEA Executive Board quarterly meeting on Friday, March 19. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to NEA President Linda Hocking at

  • 2021-03-09 5:30 PM | Anonymous

    Are you interested in adapting archives and special collections instruction to an online learning environment? Or perhaps you are already offering virtual instruction but would like to explore new strategies for collections-based learning?

    Consider registering for the NEA Spring Meeting webinar, Collections-Based Online Learning in the Digital Archive, on March 25. In this webinar about teaching and learning in the digital archive, instructor Amy Barlow will discuss teaching an online first-year seminar that uses collections-based learning as an approach for developing coursework and learning outcomes. The program will describe how students in the course developed academic skills and acquired subject knowledge through the sustained study of a digitized manuscript. Participants will gain theoretical and practical knowledge of collections-based learning with digital materials, which may be adapted to various instructional settings both online and face-to-face.

    For more information and to register:

  • 2021-03-04 6:07 PM | Anonymous

    Join NEA at the Spring 2021 Virtual Meeting from March 25-27. Our meeting theme, “Archives for a Changing World,” is inspired by the resiliency of the archives community. Let us use this moment to examine and explore the ingenuity, the resourcefulness, and the curiosity that we as archives professionals bring to a world in a seemingly constant state of flux.

    Click here to register (early-bird registration until March 21; special covid-19 hardship rate)

    Meet this year's plenary speakers! The plenary sessions begin at 10am on the Friday and Saturday of the virtual meeting.

    Friday's plenary: Becci Davis
    The plenary presentation is generously sponsored by Lucidea

    Becci Davis was born on a military installation in Georgia named after General Henry L. Benning of the Confederate States Army. Her birth initiated her family’s first generation after the Civil Rights Act and its fifth generation post-Emancipation. Just as a river runs from its present in one place to its future in another, gradually and meticulously shaping its surroundings along the way, the women in her family are also rivers—recorders and keepers of recipes, stories, portraits, and traditions. Following their example, Becci believes that events of the past simultaneously shape our present and future. As a Rhode Island-based visual artist who works across disciplines, Becci finds inspiration in exploring natural and cultural landscapes, studying the past, documenting her family’s stories, and recording her present experiences as a daughter, mother, American, and Southern-born and -raised Black woman.

    After earning a MFA from Lesley University College of Art and Design, Becci was awarded the St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award in Visual Art, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowship in New Genres, the Providence Public Library Creative Fellowship, and the RISD Museum Artist Fellowship. Her work has been shown at the Newport Art Museum, TILA Studios, the Photographic Museum of Humanity, Vermont Center for Photography, Franklin Street Works, Burlington City Arts Center, AS220, and in gallery spaces of the University of Rhode Island, Brown University, University of Maryland, Lesley University, and Longwood University. Becci lives with her family in Wakefield, Rhode Island, and maintains a studio in Providence. She is an adjunct lecturer in Brown University’s Department of Visual Art.

    Saturday's plenary: Elaine Stiles

    Elaine B. Stiles is an assistant professor of historic preservation in the School of Architecture, Art, and Historic Preservation at Roger Williams University, where she teaches courses in preservation practice and the history of the built environment. Before entering academia, Elaine worked for more than a decade as an architectural historian, historic preservation planner, and preservation advocate, engaging in projects from the rural reaches of northern Maine to the streets of San Francisco. During that time, she worked throughout the Pacific Northwest for the National Trust for Historic Preservation and staffed the organization's TrustModern program. Elaine’s scholarly research focuses on common, everyday architecture and spaces, such as mass-produced housing, modern spaces of consumption, and landscapes of urban decentralization, in pursuit of better understanding the design history and social and cultural functions of everyday spaces. Her preservation-related research focuses on critical analysis of contemporary historic preservation practice and the intersections of architecture and memory. Elaine holds a BA in art history from Smith College, an MA in preservation studies from Boston University, and a PhD in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.

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