A huge sigh of relief! SAA 2010 is over, which means my summer is also nearly over. The conference was pretty good. The Research Forum was one of the best days of sessions--not a dry presenter, not a droning presentation, and a lot of intriguing projects! The most enjoyable sessions for me were the ones presenting on NDIIPP, FADGI, and audiovisual-related topics... all two sessions. I also attended two sessions on electronic records that I also found helpful. Even though they focused on text and photograph files, I was able to get some ideas for a/v. I also enjoyed the session presented by my colleagues at GW and the University Development staff, which gave me some ideas for fundraising. I did find it funny that in the MPLP session I attended, none of the presenters had an answer to process a/v, photos, or electronic records using MPLP, opting to not process, or to process at an item level. Oy... At that pointed I wanted to say, "Do a preservation survey so you need what materials need a little extra attention and otherwise process like you would paper records. Find your series, and/or do it alpha by subjects." I guess some archivists still fear a/v.
Speaking of a/v, the Recorded Sound Roundtable was particularly fun. After little involvement in the previous year, once I volunteered to the webpage, many more volunteered for other committees. I'm compiling the resource list for the future webpage, expanding from the resources on this website and focusing on resources that speak to archivists instead of audio engineers. Most of the roundtable consists of archivists that want to know more about a/v, but need more guidance from the people who work with those collections. The Preservation Section also had two interesting presentations, one on redesigning dream environmental conditions, another on using a cloud as backup access during disasters that take out servers, mainly power outages.
My poster presentation and Lone Arrangers Roundtable presentation went pretty well, and the files for those are under the Presentations on this site. I met some great people, from the DC area and beyond, a former grad school classmate crashed with me, making late night metro rides more tolerable, and I survived five straight days of sessions! Hopefully looking forward to next year!