It is with great pleasure that we announce that the eighth annual Archival Education and Research Institute (AERI) will be hosted by the School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, USA from July 8 to July 12, 2016. Applications are now being accepted via the AERI 2016 website (http://aeri2016.kent.edu).
The Institute is sponsored by the Archival Education and Research Initiative, which is a collaborative effort amongst academic institutions to support the growth of a new generation of academics in archival and recordkeeping education and research who are versed in contemporary issues and knowledgeable of the work being conducted by colleagues. The initiative seeks to promote state-of-the-art in scholarship in Archival Studies, broadly conceived, as well as to encourage curricular and pedagogical innovation in archival education locally and worldwide (http://aeri.
Some brief notes on the call for participation and logistics for AERI 2016
Conference facilities: Most AERI sessions will be held in the University Library building, which is also home to the School of Library and Information Science. Our building features many classrooms, meeting spaces, and places for plenaries and receptions. And the Library is mere steps away from the Kent Student Center, where you will find the University bookstore, casual dining, and the cafeteria where attendees will have breakfast.
Housing: Students and faculty will stay on campus at a KSU dormitory, in either singles or shared double rooms with private bathrooms. Attendees who would prefer more luxurious accommodations are encouraged to look at the Kent State University Hotel, close by in downtown Kent: http://www.
Transportation: Kent State University is within a day’s drive for many of our AERI attendees coming from U.S. Midwest or Northeast destinations. For those who will be flying to Ohio, there are two possible airports: 1) Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport and 2) Akron-Canton Regional Airport. Hopkins will be most convenient for our international travelers and those coming from the West Coast, while Akron-Canton is convenient for those coming from U.S. Eastern and Midwestern destinations. Because transportation to and from the campus can be quite expensive ($60-75 each way), the School will facilitate shared rides by posting a wiki page that will allow people arriving/departing around the same time to share a cab or private car.
Local dining: Downtown Kent is currently experiencing a revival, kickstarted by the University’s development of a hotel and conference center in the area. Kent features numerous restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and shopping destinations (see http://www.
Field trips: Exciting destinations, to be confirmed in the new year, which are sure to enrich your AERI experience! On your application, conference organizers may ask you to fill out a preference survey to determine demand for particular destinations such as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Western Reserve Historical Society, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame (in nearby Canton, Ohio).
New in 2016:
Returning in 2016:
Watch the website for more details about these opportunities!
November 16, 2015: Call for participation and submission form available via the AERI 2016 website (aeri2016.kent.edu). Early applications are strongly encouraged!
February 1, 2016: Deadline for receipt of applications
March 15, 2016: Notification of acceptance to attend AERI 2016; registration opens
April 15, 2016: Registration closes for full week participants; call for participation for day registrants begins
May 1, 2016: Preliminary program posted to AERI 2016 website
June 1, 2016: Final AERI program available on website
AERI 2016 looks forward to a dynamic conference that brings together national and international scholars engaged in Archival Studies. Please send inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information about the conference will be available soon at aeri2016.kent.edu, and will also be distributed via our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/
Questions? Need more information? Please contact:
Karen F. Gracy
Program Co-Chair, AERI 2016
Associate Professor, School of Library and Information Science, Kent State University