2016 Spring Meeting

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The SRMA Spring Meeting will be held on May 6, 2016 in Denver at the New Hope Baptist Church, 3701 Colorado Blvd. Denver, CO 80205, with the theme of “Acquisitions”.

Registration Fees
Member $50
Non-member $65
Student $35


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9:00-9:30 Breakfast and registration
9:30-9:40 Welcome
9:40-10:00 SRMA Business Meeting
10:00-11:00 To Give and Give Not: Magical Moments in Donor Relations
Sue Hodson, Curator of Literary Manuscripts The Huntington Library
Working with donors is one of the most rewarding experiences of an archivist’s career, and it can also be one of the most challenging. The speaker will look back over many years as a manuscripts curator and revisit some “magical” moments – both good and bad – of her work with donors, at the same time drawing out some general principles of dealing with donors. It is hoped that the audience will recognize much that resonates with their own experiences but also perhaps think in new ways about the crucial and delicate work we do with donors.
11:00-11:15 Morning break
11:15-12:15 Acquisitions: Why must we do it so badly?
Jamie Seemiller, Acquisitions Archivist Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy
Archivists today are active participants in shaping history. But why must we do it so badly? This presentation will outline how the Denver Public Library Western History Department has revamped workflows and procedures, revised donor forms, increased donor participation and has learned how to say “No” in order to receive higher quality collections, reduce staff time and take an active role in collection development.
12:15-1:30 Lunch Break
1:30-2:00 Conducting a Collection Analysis: A Discussion of Why and How
Patty Rettig, Head Archivist, Water Resource Archive Colorado State University
Do you know what you have in your collections? Factually or anecdotally? A collection analysis is a method to systematically gather collection data in order to analyze what has been acquired. The method requires up-front decisions regarding what you would like to know about your collections, but has many uses once complete.
2:00-2:15 Afternoon Break
2:15-3:15 Roundtables
3:15-3:45 Talking Acquisitions with Non-Archivists
Kevin Luy, Archivist Colorado State Archives
With a focus on acquisitions, this session will draw from the experiences of the Colorado State Archives and will explore the topic of communicating archival values, practices and procedures to the non-archivists (researchers, donors, stakeholders, etc.) who are vital to the success of any archives.

– Chicano Movement Acquisitions
Please join History Colorado, Denver Public Library Western History/Genealogy and CSU Pueblo at a roundtable to discuss our Chicano Movement (1968-1974) collections and acquisition goals.
– ArchivesSpace
– Digital Processing
Participants are welcome to join a roundtable discussion of their interest