Society of Indiana Archivists
Preserving Indiana History

Choose Your Own Archives Adventure Unconference

2024 Pre-Annual Meeting Workshop

Thursday, April 18, 2024 | Gary, IN

Summary | Registration | Schedule


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

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

130 W 35th Ave, Gary, IN 46408

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

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

Includes box lunch and afternoon snack.

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.

In survey responses over the last few years, SIA members have mentioned their desire to have more time to network with colleagues during the Annual Meeting and workshops. To allow for increased discussion and for colleagues from across the state to share knowledge and learn from one another, SIA wants to provide an opportunity for SIA members to do just that!

"Choose Your Own Archives Adventure" will allow participants to submit topics of interest in advance via a Google Form and the morning of the event. Moderators will select the most popular topics, assign the topics to rooms, and participants may then choose the discussion in which they want to participate.

During each group discussion, there will be shared note-taking, and these notes will be later shared with all Pre-Annual Meeting Workshop participants.

Some topics may include:

  • Conservation and Preservation tools and strategies
  • Archives Management whether that be staff management, leadership skills, decision-making strategies, grant writing, departmental management, physical processing, and records management
  • Digital Methods such as processing born-digital content, digital asset management systems like ArchivesSpace, and digital preservation
  • Outreach, traditional and non-traditional, public programming, show and tells, community projects, and exhibits

About the instructor

Carrie Schwier is the outreach and public services archivist at the IU Libraries University Archives, where she collaborates with teaching faculty to design and implement primary source–based instruction sessions and assignments, oversees departmental access services, and coordinates a wide range of outreach programming. Prior to joining the University Archives, she worked as a curatorial assistant in the works on paper department of the Eskenazi Museum of Art. She has over 15 years of experience working in archives and museums. Carrie presents and writes on primary source literacy, library and archives outreach initiatives, and University history. She holds an M.L.S. and M.A. in art history from Indiana University. Carrie is a huge fan of the Unconference format, having helped plan the Teaching with Primary Sources Unconference for several years and the Midwest Archives Conference DEI Unconference in 2023. 

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Carrie Schwier, IU Libraries University Archives

Photo courtesy of Carrie Schwier


Register for the workshop 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 workshop.
  • All times listed are Central Daylight Time (CDT).
  • All payments are due prior to the start of the workshop.
  • Cancellations with refund must be made by emailing Julia Motyka at jmotyka[at]archindy[dot]org before Wednesday, April 17, 2024.
  • All registrants will receive an acknowledgement of their registration and a receipt for their payment.
  • 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

  • LEU and ARC credits are available.

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11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Registration and Lunch
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. Orientation
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Session 1
1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Break
1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Session 2
2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Group Session

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