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Subject: Call for papers--Conference: Survival of the Fittest

Call for papers--Conference: Survival of the Fittest

From: Mark Allen <mark_allen<-at->
Date: Thursday, November 28, 2013
Call for Papers

"Survival of the Fittest: strengths, skills and priorities for 2014
    and beyond"
Archives and Records Association Annual Conference
Newcastle, United Kingdom
27-29 August 2014

This century has seen rapid changes in how we create, use,
disseminate and access information.  Increased interactions between
states, organisations and societies have raised questions about the
creation, recording and control of information.  Individuals and
communities are remembering and communicating in different ways and
records and archives are being used in new and increasingly creative
environments.  Archivists, records managers and conservators are
uniquely placed to react to these developments and to use their
strengths to manage and preserve the records and archives of today
and the future.  However, are these strengths fit for purpose? Do we
need to learn new skills or to change our priorities? How can we
survive and thrive?  Is there a role for us as professionals in the

The Archives and Records Association UK and Ireland invites
proposals for papers, presentations and workshops on these themes
for its annual conference to be help in Newcastle, August, 2014.

The conference will have two streams (archives and records
management / conservation).  We welcome suggestions for papers,
panels, case studies, debates and workshops on the following areas.
There may also be opportunities for poster presentations, proposals
for these should be submitted as below.

    What are the core skills of the profession? How have changed?

    What new skills do we need and how can acquire them?

    With so many different skills will the see specialists rather
    than generalists?

    How do we our value and impact?

    How do we make the most of in organisations and technology?

    What impact do new of creating and using records have?

    How do we manage records and archives?

    Is the profession just about risk? Or promoting well-being?

    Is there a difference records managers, archivists and
    information professionals?

    How important are shared services and partnerships?

    How can we be creative about what we do?

    How do we prioritise for posterity?

    What is the role of research and theory?

The programme is flexible and session lengths will be decided once
papers have been chosen but please note that individual speakers
will generally have no longer than 30 minutes for their

Submitting your proposal: Please submit your proposal, in the format
suggested below, to:

    Mark Allen (Conservation stream)
    +44 1244 532 364

Deadline for submission of proposals: 30 December 2013.

Submissions will be considered by the Programme Sub-committee in
December, and invitations to speak will be confirmed by the
Committee by February 2014.  Speakers will be reimbursed travel
expenses and will receive free conference registration for the day
on which they are speaking.  International speakers will be
reimbursed travel expenses within the UK only.

    Try to connect your proposal to the theme of the conference as
    best you can.  The theme is designed for speakers to bring
    topics to light that touch on contemporary issues

    Try to be creative with your paper.  How will your paper
    stimulate debate?

    Please provide as full information as you can about your
    proposal--this helps the Committee in making choices about
    papers and scheduling of sessions

    Try to be relevant and representative: consider looking at a
    topic from opposing viewpoints, or focus on the broader picture
    rather than institutionally specific ones

    If you are considering making a group submission for a session,
    try to mix speakers from different backgrounds and institutions,
    or try to include a user or customer perspective

Your proposal should include the following:

    Name of proposer (or lead contact for group proposals)
    Contact details
    Submission title (or working title)
    Speakers (if a panel session)
    Session description (brief description, maximum 250 words)
    Brief biographies of speakers
    Special equipment needed (AV equipment etc)
    Any other information

Mark Allen
Conservation studio
Flintshire Record Office,
The Old Rectory
 Rectory Lane
 Hawarden, Flintshire CH5 3NR
+44 1244 532 364

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