Society of Indiana Archivists
Preserving Indiana History

2024 Society of Indiana Archivists Annual Meeting

April 19, 2024 | Gary, IN (or Virtual)

Pre-Annual Meeting Workshop | Annual Meeting | ProgramRegistration

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2024 Pre-Annual Meeting Workshop

Choose Your Own Archives Adventure Unconference

Thursday, April 18, 2024 | 11:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. (CDT)

Indiana University Northwest, John W. Anderson Library and Conference Center 

130 W 35th Ave, Gary, IN 46408

Registration due April 5, 2024 at midnight.  No onsite registration available. 

$20.00 SIA Member | $30.00 Non-Member | $10.00 Students, Retirees, Volunteers

The Society of Indiana Archivists is hosting its first unconference. An unconference is a meeting or conference with no predetermined topic. While they normally have a loose schedule, unconferences are discussion-driven by participants on the event day. Usually, there is a general theme on which participants can break out and base their small-group discussions, and participants share their notes and takeaways with the larger group at the end. 

For more information and to register, visit 2024 Pre-Annual Meeting Workshop.

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2024 Annual Meeting

Friday, April 19, 2024 | 8:30 a.m. - 5:05 p.m. (CDT)

Indiana University Northwest, John W. Anderson Library and Conference Center 

130 W 35th Ave, Gary, IN 46408

Registration due April 5, 2024 at midnight.  No onsite registration available.

$35.00 SIA Member (In-Person) | $30 (Virtual)

$55.00 Non-Member (In-Person) | $50.00 (Virtual)

$15.00 Students, Retirees, Volunteers (In-Person) | $15.00 (Virtual)

The Society of Indiana Archivists, in partnership with the IU Northwest Archives and Special Collections (Calumet Regional Archives) and the John W. Anderson Library at Indiana University Northwest, is hosting its Annual Meeting in Gary, Indiana, on Friday, April 19. The Annual Meeting will feature presentations about exciting and innovative projects from archivists, librarians, and professionals in the field, including building up new archival programs and collections, community partnerships, digitization and digital systems, primary-source instruction, and engaging with students. Join SIA members on Thursday for pre-Annual Meeting events, including a discussion-based “unconference” workshop, an architectural tour of Gary, and an evening networking event.

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Annual Meeting Program

Please find the meeting schedule, continuing education, and other detailed information in the 2024 SIA Conference Program.

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Plenary Speakers 

Friday, April 19, 2024 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (CDT)

Linda Jones, Gary Historical and Cultural Society, Inc.

Linda Jones is an educator, historian, genealogist, writer, and lecturer. She received her Genealogist Certification from IAP Career College, a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Calumet College. She has taught finance and accounting classes at Indiana Wesleyan University in Merrillville, Indiana, and GED classes at the Gary Community School Corporation in Gary, Indiana.

Linda is the current President/CEO of Gary Historical and Cultural Society, Inc., whose mission is to enrich the lives of Gary, IN citizens of all ages through programs that preserve and promote local history and culture.

Linda Jones, Gary Historical and Cultural Society, Inc.

Photo courtesy of Linda Jones

Sam Love, Our Gary Stories

Samuel Love is a social and civic practice artist who organizes public projects that connect communities to their cultural and ecological histories through publishing, multi-media installations, and performance. In 1999, he graduated from the History Department at Indiana University Northwest and earned the Paul Urcan Award for excellence that year.

His work is often focused on the Calumet Region, exists in traditional and online forms, and is often collaborative. He has published The Gary Anthology for Belt Publishing, produced the award-winning documentary short Calumet: The Region's River, and is currently producing another documentary short about urban farming in Gary, Indiana.

Support for his work has come from the Indiana Arts Commission, Indiana Humanities, the Calumet Collaborative, the Center for Community Progress, the National Trust, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Sam Love, Our Gary Stories

Photo courtesy of Sam Love


Register for the annual meeting by completing the online registration form below after reviewing all information.

  • Registration will close on Friday, April 5, 2024.
  • There will be no on-site registration the day of the Annual Meeting.
  • All times listed in the program are Central Daylight Time (CDT).
  • All payments are due prior to the start of the Annual Meeting.
  • Cancellations with refund must be made by emailing Julie Motyka at before Thursday, April 18, 2024.
  • All registrants will receive an acknowledgement of their registration and a receipt for their payment.
  • Virtual attendees will receive links for the Annual Meeting via email the week of the Annual Meeting
  • Members: please log in to access member rates. 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.

Online payment is available or, if you prefer, you may make checks payable to the Society of Indiana Archivists, and mail to:

Society of Indiana Archivists

c/o Julie Motyka, Treasurer

Archdiocese of Indianapolis

1400 N. Meridian Street

Indianapolis, IN 46202-2367


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:

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

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Parking & Travel

The Annual Meeting and Pre-Annual Meeting Workshop will be held at the John W. Anderson Library and Conference Center on the IU Northwest campus. The building is located on 35th Ave. between Broadway and Jefferson St. with the main entrance off of 35th Ave. Please see the Campus Map in the Annual Meeting the program.

Address: 130 W 35th Ave, Gary, IN 46408

Parking is available on the north side of the IU Northwest campus center off of W 33rd Ave. The parking lot is a 5-minute walk from the John W. Anderson Library. Parking will be free for the Pre-Annual Meeting Workshop and the Annual Meeting. Parking passes will be sent after registration or available at the registration table when attendees check in. Please see the Campus Map in the Annual Meeting program.

Parking Address: Savannah Center 3400, Broadway, Gary, IN 46408

If you are interested in sharing a ride with other attendees to the Annual Meeting, please use the SIA listserv to find people in your area and facilitate a carpool arrangement.

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Directions to Parking Address


The Society of Indiana Archivists did not reserve a block of hotel rooms for the 2024 Annual Meeting. IU Northwest suggests three nearby accommodations:

Hampton Inn Merrillville

8353 Georgia St.

Merrillville, IN 46410


15-minute drive

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Hilton Garden Inn Merrillville

7775 Mississippi St.

Merrillville, IN 46410


15-minute drive

Hampton Inn Crown Point

10850 Delaware Pkwy.

Crown Point, IN 46307


18-minute drive


In 2024, two scholarships will be awarded for the Society of Indiana Archivists Annual Meeting, held on April 19, 2024. Both scholarships will receive a complimentary registration to the Annual Meeting and $200 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 Memorial 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.

Application Information

Deadline: April 4, 2024 (2 weeks prior)

Submission: Submit a statement of interest stating why you want to attend the annual meeting and how it will benefit you. Include in your statement a brief outline of your archival education and any work history, along with a description of your long-term professional goals. Please include your contact information (name, mailing address, phone, and e-mail) as well as contact information for your institution or employer. Statements should be no more than 200-400 words.

Please submit the information stated above via email to Sara Stefani at The award recipients will be shared with all applicants via email and announced through the SIA listserv prior to the meeting. Upon accepting the award, the recipient must submit a headshot along with a reflection of the annual meeting for SIA publication.

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Tour & Dinner

Architectural Tour of Gary

Thursday, April 18, 2024 | 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (CDT)

J's Breakfast Club
2601 Broadway, Gary, IN 46407

Reserve your spot when registering for the Annual Meeting.  

No onsite registration available.

$25.00 per person

The tour is organized through the George Maher Society. The organization commemorates the life and work of George Washington Maher, a turn-of-the-twentieth-century architect inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement and the Prairie School-style. The two-hour experience will be conducted on a bus and attendees will be able to walk around select historical buildings and neighborhoods as part of the tour.

The cost helps compensate the generosity of the George Maher Society for organizing the tour and the bus company for transportation.

There are 50 spots available. Please reserve your spot and pay when registering for the Annual Meeting. Please meet at J's Breakfast Club, a locally-owned restaurant. The bus will leave from J's Breakfast Club. Parking is available for free at the restaurant.

Dinner and Networking Event

Thursday, April 18, 2024 | 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (CDT)

J's Breakfast Club
2601 Broadway, Gary, IN 46407

Please RSVP when registering for the Annual Meeting.  

Attendees are responsible for purchasing their own food and drinks

Please join the Society of Indiana Archivists for a dinner and networking event at the locally-owned restaurant J's Breakfast Club.

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Social Media 

Tweet your thoughts and celebrations with the hashtags #SIASP24 and tag us and your colleagues!

Society of Indiana Archivists social media: @INarchivist | INarchivist

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