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Saturday, August 3 • 11:30am - 12:45pm
Reference, Access, & Outreach Section

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Reference, Access and Outreach section will hold its annual business meeting with reports from subcommittees Exhibits and Events (E2), Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS), and Public Services Assessment Committee (PSAC). Programming will also include the 7th Annual Marketplace of Ideas where attendees can listen in on a variety of topics. Learn more here.

Business meeting
  • Committee Reports
    • PSAC (Public Services Assessment Committee)
    • TPS (Teaching With Primary Sources)
    • E2 (Events and Exhibits)
    • Accessibility
    • Council Update
    • Chair update 
      • “Interested in contributing to RAO?”
    • Marketplace “pitches” 2 minute per person
The Marketplace will kick off with each "vendor" giving a 2-minute infomercial to entice "shoppers." After that, we'll divide up and vendors will "sell" their ideas to shoppers in two 20-minute rounds.
Vendors Include:
  • Lucy Barber, Deputy Executive Director, NHPRC. "Let Us Help You"NHPRC's records programming focus is on increasing access to, and engagement with, archival records. Lucy will discuss the available NHPRC programming and keys to successful applications.
  • Jen Hoyer, Educator, Kaitlin Holt, Program Manager,  and Julia Pelaez, Educator, Brooklyn Connections, Brooklyn Public Library. "Break Out! Gamify your Collections" Our presentation will share our experience developing Retro Detectives, a fun and engaging program that replicates the thrilling anticipation and mystery of today’s trendiest escape rooms minus the physicality and space commitment involved. With hands-on activities, we’ll demonstrate how breakout box activities can integrate primary source material as a key to accessing archives material in exciting new ways, in both formal and informal outreach settings. We’ll explain the process of designing Retro Detectives from genesis to implementation and evaluation alongside successes and challenges of the project in its first year, and we’ll share how a similar activity can be replicated at your institution. 
  • Lydia Tang, Special Collections Archivist, Michigan State University Special Collections. "Accessibility and Disability in Archives" Introducing the revised Guidelines for Accessible Archives for People with Disabilities and the proposed Accessibility & Disability Section of SAA.  What are these Guidelines? How can they be applied at your repository for digital, physical access, exhibits, outreach, and more? Do you have questions on accessibility?  Why is disability representation important? Join us to learn more!  
  • Mary Johnson, Coordinator, TPS Teachers Network, and Danna Bell, Educational Outreach Specialist at the Library of Congress "Outreach Extended: Bringing K12 Teachers into the Conversation" If you are an archivist seeking new users through your outreach efforts, we have the audience for you! K12 educators (9,000 and growing) in the TPS Teachers Network are eager to tap into your expertise and your resources, both locally and nationally. Invite them into archival conversations through the "Partnering with Museum Educators and Archivists" group.  Let’s network!
  • Arlene Schmuland, Head, Archives & Special Collections, UAA/APU Consortium Library. "Reference training: brainstorming topics for short training tutorials" Continuing education for reference work is often hard to obtain and not well attended when offered. One solution to the barriers of time, money, and management priorities could be a series of short tutorials on various aspects of the reference process that would allow archival managers to pick and choose components that would meet the needs of their own institutions. This is a brainstorming session to elicit training topics, participants in creating tutorials, and methods and support for developing a repository for those tutorials.
We'll see you in Austin!

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Lucy Barber

Deputy Executive Director, National Historical Publications & Records Commission
Lucy Barber, Deputy Executive Director, National Historical Publications and Records Commission (lucy.barber@nara.gov; 202-357-5306, http://www.archives.gov/nhprc) At the Commission, which she joined in 2006, Lucy oversees the grant making process in connection with other program... Read More →
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Danna Bell

Educational Outreach Specialist, Library of Congress
Danna Bell is an Educational Outreach Specialist at the Library of Congress. Previously she served as a member of the Digital Reference Team at the Library, the first reference division created to specifically deal with the online resources found on the Library's website. Prior to... Read More →
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Lydia Tang

Dr. Lydia Tang, Special Collections Archivist-Librarian, Michigan State University. She served on SAA?s Task Force to Revise Best Practices for Accessibility in Archives and spearheaded founding SAA?s Accessibility & Disability Section.
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Kaitlin Holt

Program Manager, Brooklyn Connections, Brooklyn Collection, Brooklyn Public Library
Kaitlin manages Brooklyn Connections, an award winning school program based out of the Brooklyn Public Library's (BPL) special collection, the Brooklyn Collection. Brooklyn Connections is a residency-style program that teaches 4-12th grade students research skills while completing... Read More →
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TPS Teachers Network

Coordinator, TPS Teachers Network
The TPS (Teaching with Primary Sources) Teachers Network is a professional social media platform that connects educators interested in using Library of Congress primary sources and other institutional collections to improve student learning. Join the TPS Teachers Network, connect... Read More →
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Jen Hoyer

Educator, Brooklyn Collection, Brooklyn Public Library
Jen Hoyer helps make things go at Interference Archive and teaches about researching local history at the Brooklyn Collection. She loves working through how archives can help people understand themselves and their place in the world around them.

Julia Pelaez

Educator, Brooklyn Collection, Brooklyn Public Library
Julia holds a M.A. in Teaching History from Bard College and has worked previously as an educator at the American Museum of Natural History. Julia advocates for the learning-disabled community to ensure that teachers create inclusive classrooms.

Saturday August 3, 2019 11:30am - 12:45pm CDT
201/202, [Level 2]