2021 Minnesota Archives Symposium Call for Proposals

The Twin Cities Archives Round Table is pleased to announce the ninth annual Minnesota Archives Symposium (MAS). MAS is a local educational and networking opportunity for archivists, librarians, records managers, curators and other information professionals. We seek to broaden opportunities to share knowledge and insights among peers at a local level. The Symposium will be held on Monday, November 1st on Zoom.

This year’s topics will not be limited to a theme.

Due to the truncated nature of this year’s MAS we have decided to forgo a theme and are open to ideas from our members.

Ideas for presentation topics include:

  • Born digital/digital archiving/web archiving
  • Scary things happening in archives
  • Disaster preparedness or triage of endangered formats
  • Creative ways for funding and advocating for your collection (on a budget)
  • Reimagining Archives
  • Recent projects

This is not an exhaustive list, but will hopefully spur on ideas.

Call for Participants: Virtual Presenters, Student Posters, Exhibit or Location Tour Videos. 

We welcome submissions to presentations submitted to or given at other conferences and symposiums, or perhaps you would like to update the group on a project mentioned in a previous presentation. 

We are also continuing with the section for student poster presentations. Each student will be allocated 5 minutes for speaking on their topic and 2 minutes for question

Not ready to commit to speaking live? How about filming a tour of your archive or exhibit for our virtual tours? Low-key brag to us about your cool collection or great space in a format you can control. These five to ten minute videos will be posted online (probably Youtube) and available to the public. 

We would especially like to hear from new institutions or those who have never spoken at a symposium before. We encourage presentations from archivists and information professionals at all levels of their career.

If you have a great idea but don’t think you can speak for an entire hour, please still submit your idea! We will attempt to pair you with other presenters with similar topics for a panel presentation.

If you are interested in presenting at the symposium, please provide us with a brief abstract and working title for your presentation, along with how long you wish to present (30 minutes/60 minutes). Include full contact information with submissions, including your name(s) and institution or school if applicable.

Submissions should be sent to tcartmn@gmail.com.

Deadline for submission is Monday, September 6, 2021.


Save the Date!!! The Minnesota Archives Symposium will be held virtually (via Zoom) on Monday, November 1st. Registration is FREE, but we will ask that participants register their intent to attend. Look for more details on registering for this event on the TCART listserv and website.


Questions should be sent to the TCART Communications Officer Jennie Shaw at tcartmn@gmail.com or shawx186@umn.edu.

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