Virtual Table Talks: Call for Proposals

SMA’s Virtual Table Talks are one-hour informal discussions to promote the sharing of knowledge between archivists working in Mississippi galleries, libraries, archives, and museums. Each talk will feature a speaker who will share their experience and knowledge on a given topic. The theme for the 2022-2023 season is “Representation Matters.” SMA is looking for presenters to speak on their experience working in underrepresented archival repositories and/or collections related to underrepresented groups and subjects.

Presentation ideas include, but are not limited to:

  • Church or non-profit organization archives
  • Historical societies
  • Collections related to religious minorities
  • Collections related to sensitive topics in your community
  • Ways to build or market collections related to underrepresented groups and subjects
  • Relationship building with underrepresented/marginalized communities
  • DEI-centered hiring practices

If you are interested in serving as a speaker for a Virtual Table Talk, contact Miranda Vaughn ( no later than September 9, 2022. Please iclude your name, institution, presentation title, and a description of your presentation (description not to exceed 200 words). In your description, you may wish to include how your activity/project originated, how you instated or completed the activity/project, why it is important to our profession and patrons, what problems or issues it might resolve, and any insights or lessons learned. Final presentations should be no longer than 45 minutes in length. Student presentations are encouraged.

Tentative Series Schedule

Fall 2022 Session

Friday, October 28, 12:00 pm CST

Spring 2023 Session

SMA Annual Conference

Summer 2023 Session