Annual Meeting 2021

The SNAC (Social Networks and Archival Context) Operations Committee is pleased to announce the 2021 SNAC Annual Meeting. Details are as follows:
Date: September 29 and 30, 2021
Times: September 29, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; September 30, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (East Coast Time)
Meeting Platform: All-virtual via Zoom
Registration Information Please register in advance:
DRAFT AGENDA (Please note: plenary sessions for discussion and Q&A with all of the day's presenters will occur at the end of each day.)
DAY 1 SEPTEMBER 29, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. EST
1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.:
  • Welcome: Jerry Simmons, NARA External Liaison to SNAC
  • Special Welcome from David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States
  • Special Welcome from John Unsworth, Dean of Libraries, University of Virginia
  • State of the Cooperative Address: Daniel Pitti, SNAC Director

1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.:

SNAC Working Group Updates:

  • Communications: Faith Charlton, Princeton University partner
  • Editorial Standards: Susan Pyzynski, Harvard University, Houghton Library partner
  • Technical Infrastructure: Alex Duryee, New York Public Library partner
  • Research and Reference: Marisa Bourgoin, Archives of American Art partner
  • SNACSchool Team: Jerry Simmons, NARA External Liaison to SNAC

2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. - Break

2:45 - 3:15 p.m.:

Gender Anomalies in a Biographical Database: Alison Booth, Professor of English, Academic Director, Scholars' Lab University of Virginia

3:15-3:45 p.m.:

Always Already Provisional: Category Work and Gender: Susan Brown, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Collaborative Digital Scholarship, University of Guelph


3:45 - 4:15 p.m.:

Indigenous SNAC Edit-a-thon:

  • Diana Marsh, Assistant Professor of Archives and Digital Curation, iSchool, University of Maryland
  • Lydia Curliss (Nipmuc Nation), PhD Student, iSchool, University of Maryland
  • Stephen Curley, Director of Digital Archives at the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition

4:15 - 4:45 p.m.:

Enslaved Description Group: Year in Review: B. Bernetiae Reed, Consultant

4:15 - 5:00 p.m.:

Plenary Discussion: Ethical Description: Susan Pyzynski, Harvard Houghton Library

DAY 2 SEPTEMBER 30, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. EST

1:00 - 1:30 p.m.:


  • Joseph Glass, SNAC Technical Lead, University of Virginia Library
  • Alex Duryee, Chair, SNAC TWIG

1:30 - 2:00 p.m.:

ArchivesSpace Plugin Project: Jason Jordan, University of Virginia Library

2:00 - 2:30 p.m.:

Simplifield Web Forms Development:

  • Lorain Wang, Digital Archivist, Institutional Records and Archives, Getty Research Institute
  • Joseph Glass, SNAC Technical Lead, University of Virginia Library

2:30 - 2:45 p.m. Break

2:45 - 3:15 p.m.:

Integrating SNAC into Workflows at the Utah State Archives: Gina Strack, Digital Archives Manager, Utah State Archives and Records Service

3:15 - 4:00 p.m.:

Plenary discussion: Integration Technologies

Final remarks by SNAC Director Daniel Pitti

Please address questions about the meeting to Jerry Simmons, SNAC Operations Coordinator.