University Archivist Joan Gosnell, Archives of Women of the Southwest Curator Samantha Dodd, and Librarians Ada Negraru and Cynthia Franco recently attended the 2019 Society of American Archivists annual meeting, just down the road in Austin, Texas.
The theme for this year’s conference was TRANSFORMATIVE! and revolved around the issues of inclusivity, accountability, and creating space for underrepresented voices in the archives. Educational sessions staff attended included: a congressional papers working group, a panel on enhancing the value of archives through technical services, and a section meeting on locating records of under-documented women.
The discussion in Austin on these various issues yielded workflows, and practical next steps to improving representation and access in the archives. Staff happily reported that Austin also yielded great tacos.