Proposal Title

Researching the Romance Writers' Research

Start Date

13-4-2018 11:10 AM

End Date

13-4-2018 12:10 PM

Proposal Type

Individual Presentation

Abstract

In this presentation, an archivist discusses her outreach to romance writers to learn more about their research behaviors, particularly their interest in and use of archives for writing their works. The results of this outreach led to the presenter’s article “Romance Writers’ Use of Archives,” published in Archivaria in 2016. It also led the presenter to invite two romance authors, Piper Huguley and Jennifer McQuiston, to the Society of American Archivists 2016 annual meeting to participate in a panel discussion on the role of research in their work. The presenter will share data gathered as part of a survey of romance writers about their research and discuss how the conversation at the panel session provided insight on how archivists might better serve the romance community and why it would be beneficial to do so. The presenter will detail some positive outcomes of these outreach efforts and share her thoughts on the importance of documenting the romance community. She will discuss changes in how the archival community interacts with romance writers in the last several years with possible next steps and obstacles.

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Apr 13th, 11:10 AM Apr 13th, 12:10 PM

Researching the Romance Writers' Research

In this presentation, an archivist discusses her outreach to romance writers to learn more about their research behaviors, particularly their interest in and use of archives for writing their works. The results of this outreach led to the presenter’s article “Romance Writers’ Use of Archives,” published in Archivaria in 2016. It also led the presenter to invite two romance authors, Piper Huguley and Jennifer McQuiston, to the Society of American Archivists 2016 annual meeting to participate in a panel discussion on the role of research in their work. The presenter will share data gathered as part of a survey of romance writers about their research and discuss how the conversation at the panel session provided insight on how archivists might better serve the romance community and why it would be beneficial to do so. The presenter will detail some positive outcomes of these outreach efforts and share her thoughts on the importance of documenting the romance community. She will discuss changes in how the archival community interacts with romance writers in the last several years with possible next steps and obstacles.