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2023 Society of Indiana Archivists Fall Workshop 

October 13, 2023 | Columbus, IN

Summary | Agenda | RegistrationParking/Logistics | ScholarshipSocial Media

Thank you to the Bartholomew County Public Library system for allowing SIA to hold the 2023 Fall Workshop at the Cleo Rogers Memorial Library!

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Workshop Summary

Friday, October 13, 2023
9:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. (EST)
Bartholomew County Public Library
536 Fifth Street, Columbus, IN 47201

Please join us at the Bartholomew County Public Library for the 2023 Fall Workshop. As archivists, we are keepers of cool stuff. So cool, we often feel compelled to share it with others. Exhibits make our collections accessible, and they can be an important outreach strategy. Yet few of us have the necessary training to pull off effective exhibits. Whether you are a solo archivist or part of a team, whether you have a shoestring budget or generous funding, you can learn what it takes to create compelling exhibits. In this workshop, participants will work through the fundamental steps of developing, realizing, and evaluating an exhibit. The workshop explores visual and textual storytelling; its focus will be on physical exhibits, but digital exhibits will also be discussed.

Continuing Education Credits (LEUs and ARCs)

SIA is on the Indiana State Library's (ISL) list of approved training providers for continuing education for library professionals and earning LEUs (Library Education Units). Please visit the ISL website for more information on reporting LEUs: Indiana State Library.

For information on earning ARCs (Archival Recertification Credits) for the Academy of Certified Archivists recertification, please visit the ACA website: Academy of Certified Archivists.

Please contact Evan Miller ( with any questions.

About the Facilitator

Tricia Gilson is the archivist for the Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives (CIAA) at the Bartholomew County Public Library. She has over ten years of experience curating exhibits. Prior to joining CIAA, she taught cultural anthropology and museum studies at Ball State University. She worked at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields as the archives and content specialist for the digitization of the Miller House and Garden Collection. Tricia holds a PhD in cultural anthropology from the University of Southern California.


9:30-10 Arrival/Registration (light morning refreshment included with registration)

10-10:15 Welcome/Introductions

10:15-11:45 Morning Session

11:45-1:00 Lunch on your own

1-1:30 Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives repository tour

1:30-2:30 Afternoon Session 1

2:30-2:45 Break (light snacks will be provided)

2:45-4:15 Afternoon Session 2

4:15--4:30 Final group wrap-up


Register for the workshop by completing the online registration form below.

Due by September 11 to October 6 at midnight | Online payment available

$35 SIA members |  $25 for student members |  $55 for non-members

Includes a light breakfast, beverages and afternoon refreshments

Lunch is NOT included

    Important Reminders

    Registration will close on October 6, 2023 at midnight.

    All payments are due prior to the October 13, 2023 workshop.

    Cancellations with refund must be made by emailing Julie Motyka ( by October 6, 2023.  
    On-site registration will not be available.

    If you are not currently a member or your membership has lapsed, you must sign up for membership first in order to register with the member rate. [Note: membership is by calendar year].

    If paying with check: After completing the membership form, send an email to Julie Motyka ( with the subject line “member application started, please confirm membership” and wait for a confirmation email. Once you receive a confirmation, you can register for the meeting at the member price. You can pay for both with one check.

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      Parking + Logistics

      Ample free parking is available behind the library off Franklin street between Fifth and Seventh Streets.

      The building can be accessed via the main entrance off of 5th Street

      Check in will begin at 9:30 a.m. outside the Red Room (on the lower level)

      Lunch is not included in the workshop registration. Nearby lunch options compiled by the Education Committee are listed below:

        No official room block has been reserved for the 2023 SIA Fall Workshop. Accommodations may be available at local area hotels. The Education Committee suggests the following nearby options near the Bartholomew Public Library:


        Two scholarships will be awarded for the 2023 Fall Workshop. Both scholarships will receive a complimentary registration to the workshop and $75 to cover the expenses associated with attending. The two scholarships are the Thomas Krasean Student Scholarship and the John Newman Professional Development Scholarship.

        Thomas Krasean Student Scholarship

        Graduate students enrolled in a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program, Master of Arts (MA) in History or Museum Studies program, or a related graduate program, and new professionals (up to five years of post-graduate work experience) are encouraged to apply.

        John Newman Professional Development Scholarship

        Anyone in the field of special collections and archives in the state of Indiana is eligible to apply for this scholarship. New employees and volunteers are especially encouraged to apply as well as applicants with limited professional development opportunities available through their institution.

        To Apply

        The application deadline is Sunday, September 24, 2023 at midnight. The winner will be notified in writing by October 2, 2023 at 3pm.

        Send a statement of 200-300 words about why the workshop will help you gain knowledge and experience useful in your volunteering efforts or career, along with your name, institution you work/volunteer for, and contact information. Submit your statement to Scholarship Committee Chair Sara Stefani ( In the email subject line please state the scholarship that you are applying for.

        The award recipient will be announced through the SIA listserv prior to the Fall Workshop.If the winner has already paid the workshop fee upon receipt of the scholarship, the fee paid will be refunded. Upon accepting the award, the recipient must submit a headshot along with a reflection of their experience at the Fall Workshop for publication in the next SIA News and Notes newsletter.

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        Social Media

        #SIAFA23  #INarchivist #ArchivesMonth

        Share your workshop insights and follow us!

        @INarchivist on Twitter/X + Society of Indiana Archivists on Facebook

        Workshop partners:

        Bartholomew County Public Library: @MyBCPL | My BCPL Facebook

        Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives: CIAA website + Facebook + IG

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