Free event: Navigating the IRB Process with the Society of American Archivists Committee on Research Data and Assessment

Navigating the IRB Process with the Society of American Archivists Committee on Research Data and Assessment

  • What: This is a 1-hour panel discussion about the process of getting approval from an institutional review board (IRB) for research on the archival field and related topics.
  • When: Monday, April 17, 2023, 2:00 pm-3:00 pm CDT. A recording of the event will be made available online for those unable to attend.
  • Registration (limited to 500 attendees)

The Society of American Archivists Committee on Research, Data and Assessment (CORDA)  is excited to present a free, one-hour panel discussion on navigating the IRB process for research on the archives and library professions. The process of seeking approval from an IRB is often perceived as a barrier to undertaking research that may contribute valuable knowledge to our field. With this discussion, we hope to answer the following questions:

  • What is an institutional review board and why do they exist?
  • Which types of research require approval from an IRB?
  • How does the IRB process look at different types of institutions?
  • What are some common mistakes people make when submitting their research to an IRB?

While the above questions are meant to guide the conversation, our goal is for this to primarily be an opportunity for attendees to get their questions answered by other professionals who have been through the process, as well as people responsible for reviewing research proposals. 

We are grateful to the panelists who agreed to participate in this event:

  • Susan Askren, Research Compliance Office, Smithsonian Institution
  • Adam Bailey, Senior IRB Manager, Social & Behavioral (Non-Medical) IRB, Stanford University Research Compliance Office
  • Amanda Hawk, Public Services Manager for Distinctive Collections, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Margaret Hoogland, Margaret A. Hoogland, Clinical Medical Librarian, University of Toledo

As part of its mission, CORDA seeks to make the research process accessible to archival professionals, academic researchers, SAA group members, and others. We hope you will join us for this event!

Seeking Presenters for Digital Records & Collection Management Webinar

The Collection Management Section will be hosting a webinar this spring on the theme of digital records and collection management, and we are actively seeking presenters!

Do you have clever workflows for managing electronic (or hybrid) records and collections? What information are you tracking, and what tools are you using? What are some of the challenges or hurdles that you’ve encountered in implementing a system for managing electronic records? How do you distinguish between born-digital and digitized records (or do you)? How do you distinguish between donor-digitized materials and originals in a collection management system? If any of this sounds like something you are excited to present about, we would love to hear from you!

We are looking for speakers to share their experience in a 10-15 minute virtual presentation planned tentatively for March or April, date TBD based on presenters’ availability. We would love to have diverse presenters and institutions represented: speakers from small institutions, HBCUs, and community archives are encouraged to apply. 

If you’re interested in presenting, please send a brief proposal to Rita Johnston at by January 31st. Please feel free to email with any questions!

Jane Gorjevsky
Head of Collections Management
Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Free Webinar: Authors Among Us: A Conversation with Christina Zamon, Rachael Woody, and Margot Note

The Independent Archivist’s Section is hosting an informal webinar: “Authors Among Us: A Conversation with Christina Zamon, Rachael Woody, and Margot Note.”  Please join us for a conversation between three of our colleagues about how they drew on their experience as archivists to become authors! More info to come…do join us if you can!

Please sign-up so that we can get a sense of possible attendance.

Authors Among Us: A Conversation with Christina Zamon, Rachael Woody, and Margot Note

March 26th, 1 PM CST

To join:

You can join this meeting from your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.

US: +1 929 436 2866, +1 669 900 6833

Meeting ID: 759-287-400