Minnesota Archives Symposium

8th Annual Minnesota Archives Symposium

Challenges in the Archives

Monday, November 4th at the Spring Lake Park/Blaine/Mounds View Fire Station #3

Whether you’re a solo archivist or part of a large archival department, in this profession we all have many tasks to undertake over the course of our day. As job descriptions can sometimes read as in charge of “everything under the sun,” we are often faced with struggling to accomplish it all. How do we balance all of these different hats, especially when some are seen as competing priorities — bringing in new collections versus paying attention to old collections, privacy versus access, cultivating old donors versus going after new donors? As an archivist, how do you tackle the juggling act?

We’ve covered the basics and worked on balance but that doesn’t stop challenges from cropping up in the archives. They might be small, repetitive tasks that crop up again and again, or a monumental undertaking. Maybe you are facing a new enterprise, midway through your labor, or recently completed a tough project. Sometimes our strategies for handling the job are not technically correct, or don’t match the “ideal,” but do fit the needs of our archives. We want to know your secrets!

Ideas for presentation topics include:

  • Strategies, favorite tools, or support systems.
  • Realities of challenges in large vs small organizations
  • Theoretical ideals vs. real world
  • Crossovers
  • What skills have you developed to cope? What skills do you wish you had?

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

Call for Participants:

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 opening up a section for student poster presentations which will be on display during breaks. 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 2, 2019.


Save the Date!!! The Minnesota Archives Symposium will be held at the Spring Lake Park/Blaine/Mounds View Fire Station #3 on Monday, November 4th. 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.