SFA 2014 Calls for Workshop and Session Proposals!

Jamie Rogers gives a presentation at SFA 2013. Photo by Mike Zaidman

Jamie Rogers gives a presentation at SFA 2013. Photo by Mike Zaidman


The Society of Florida Archivists (SFA) will convene May 7-9, 2014 in Orlando, Florida for its next annual meeting. SFA 2014 promises interesting and informative sessions, workshops, and poster sessions on such topics as approaches to managing and sustaining a web archiving program, efficient processing for backlog reduction, and artifact care and management for archivists. Through this call for proposals, we invite you to share your knowledge, wisdom and experience as a presenter!

Proposals are due Monday, February 3, 2014. Submissions should be directed to Wenxian Zhang via email. Proposals received after the deadline will not be considered. Submitting presenters will be notified of the outcome of the proposal review process on or by Monday, February 24, 2014.


SFA 2014 seeks to address the issues and challenges faced by Florida’s archivists while empowering individuals and collectives to create a just and sustainable future. Additionally, the conference seeks to highlight the power of archivists as stewards of both the future and the past, and as leaders who will inspire transformation at all levels of archival practice.


Proposals related to the conference theme will be given preference. However, submitters are encouraged to think broadly and boldly, and should consider proposing sessions that demonstrate or highlight archival practice in non-traditional settings, advanced problem solving, and collaboration(s) between and amid disciplines.

  • Skill-building workshops are half-day, instructional sessions in which presenters teach particular skills and techniques and discuss how they can be applied in participants’ settings.
  • Discussion-based sessions are usually 45 minutes in length and often feature a visual presentation (e.g., photo exhibit, films, sample objects or files from collections), followed by opportunities for questions, answers, and group discussion.
  • Papers are usually 15 minutes in length, on archival topics, ongoing research, new techniques, and research or work-related projects, followed by a comment-and-discussion period.
  • Lightning talks are lively and informative 5-minute talks on archival topics, initiatives, new techniques, advocacy issues, etc., followed by a comment-and-discussion period.

Submissions must include the following:

  • A title and a brief description of your proposed session or workshop (250 words or less).
  • A one-sentence statement affirming your commitment to attend the SFA Annual Meeting and present the proposed session or workshop if selected.
  • Your name, postal address, telephone number, and a valid email address.

The conference promises to be SFA’s best yet as archivists and members of related fields come together for three days of skill-building, networking and agenda-setting! Whether you are new to the field and are looking for basics to begin your career, or have been practicing for years and seeking more advanced knowledge and connections, this is one conference you will not want to miss!


If you have questions about the suitability of your proposal, or need information on any aspect of the conference, please contact Wenxian Zhang by phone (407-646-2231, 407-646-2421) or by email.


All presenters must register for the conference. By submitting a proposal, potential presenter(s) indicate their agreement with the following statement:

“As the Submitting Presenter and main contact for this proposal, I understand that if this proposal is accepted, all attending presenters are expected to register and pay the relevant registration fee for the conference; I understand that it is my responsibility to inform my co-presenters of this requirement. If presenter registration fees are not received by the due date indicated in the acceptance notification, the session will not be included in the conference program. I understand that the title of the proposal may be edited to fit the conference program.”


The Society of Florida Archivists 2014 conference will be held May 7-9 at DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Downtown (60 S. Ivanhoe Boulevard, Orlando, FL, 32804). Nicknamed “The City Beautiful,” Orlando ranks among the most visited cities in America and is known for its vibrant economy and rich cultural attractions.

Conference Registration Fees

  • SFA Members: $90
  • Non-SFA Members (includes one year SFA membership): $110
  • One day: $55
  • Students: $50

Hotel Registration Fees:

  • Single and Double Occupancy rooms: $99/night plus applicable taxes
  • Parking: complimentary for SFA members staying in the hotel; $9 for self-parking per day


SFA is working to secure funds for scholarships to ensure the full participation of students. To find out how your organization can contribute, contact us by phone at 813-974-5750 or by email.


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