2020 Annual Meeting: Des Moines, Iowa, May 6-9, 2020

Welcome to MAC's 2020 Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held, May 6-9, at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown. The hotel is the tallest in the downtown market and offers beautiful views of the city, nearby markets, and is proximal to key attractions such as the historic state capitol. 

This year’s theme is “DECISION 2020,” meant to honor the role Iowa plays in our national elections, as well as acknowledge the political nature of our work. Our archival lives require a multitude of decisions every day, and we hope that this year’s MAC attendees find focus and renewed clarity for making all those decisions. 

The program features a unique blend of 45- and 90-minute sessions, “pop-up” sessions, a business archivist pre-conference, workshops, tours and other opportunities for professional transformation.

MAC Des Moines 2020 Pop-Up Session Selection

MAC members, exercise your right to vote this election year by selecting up to THREE 45-minute pop-up sessions that you would like to see at the Annual Meeting in Des Moines!  Click HERE to vote.  Please only vote once for your top 3 sessions. Voting is open from February 19 - March 4, 2020.  Voting results will be shared in early March.

Workshops and Special Events

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

  • 9 am-4:30 pm: "Current Issues in Business Archives" Preconference (check-in/coffee starts at 8 am)

Thursday, May 7, 2020

  • 8 am-noon: Workshop: Introduction to Digital Preservation
  • 8 am-noon: Workshop: Approaches to Workplace Conflict
  • 8 am-noon Council Meeting
  • 1:30pm-3:00pm Plenary Session: Rekha Basu
  • 5:30 pm-6:00 pm MAC Pals Reception at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates
  • 5:30 pm-8:30 pm Opening Reception at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates

Friday, May 8, 2020

  • 12:15 pm-1:00 pm Fridays Forum: Designing for Labor Equity: A Hands-On Session
  • 12:15 pm-1:00 pm Fridays Forum: Lone Arrangers Networking
  • 12:15 pm-1:00 pm Fridays Forum: Transforming Digital Collections: Use and Reuse
  • 3:30 pm-5:00 pm MAC Members’ Meeting
  • 6:00 pm-9:00 pm Restaurant Tours

Tours

Thursday, May 7, 2020

  • 9:00 am - 11:00 am Tour: State Historical Building of Iowa
  • 10:00 am – 11:00 am Archival Products and Corporate Image, divisions of LBS
  • 10:00 am - 11:00 am Tour: Des Moines University Archives
  • 10:00 am - 11:00 am Tour: John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park
  • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Tour: Drake University Archives & Special Collections
  • 11:15 am - 12:45 pm Tour: State Capitol Building & Dome

Registration Information

CLICK HERE FOR THE ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM

Register on or by April 8, 2020, to receive advance registration rates:

$135 for MAC members
$165 for nonmembers
$65 for students

Rates for registration after April 9, 2020:

$155 for MAC members
$185 for nonmembers
$75 for students

The one-day registration rate is $90.

Register by submitting the online registration form or by printing the form and mailing it with a check made payable to "Midwest Archives Conference" to:

Midwest Archives Conference
2598 E. Sunrise Boulevard, Suite 2104
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

The registration desk at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown will be open on Wednesday, May 6, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.; on Thursday and Friday, May 7 and 8, from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and on Saturday, May 9 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Cancellations and Refunds

If for any reason, you must cancel your registration for the Annual Meeting or MAC workshops, your written request must be received one or before March 4th to receive a full refund. No refunds will be issued after April 8.

Refunds will be granted for tours or MAC workshops that are cancelled by MAC due to low enrollment or other reasons.

Americans with Disabilities Act

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to participate in the Annual Meeting. If you have special needs, please contact Debra Nolan with AMC Source at [email protected]. Please inform the Marriott Renaissance of any special needs when making a reservation.

Hotel Information

The meeting headquarters are at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown, recently renovated in the heart of downtown Des Moines. The Marriott is situated in the business district, and is a short 5 miles from the Des Moines International Airport. Hotel amenities include an onsite 24-hour gym, an indoor pool, and a restaurant. The hotel is conveniently connected to the Skywalk system, allowing guests to travel between many sites without having to face the elements, including the site of our Thursday night reception, the World Food Prize Hall of Fame, a short half-mile walk.

Des Moines Marriott Downtown
700 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
515-245-5500

Group rate site

To book online and receive the group rate, please visit: https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1562861291821&key=GRP&app=resvlink

NOTE: "The Marriott Des Moines is sold out the night of Tuesday, May 5. A secondary hotel is in the process of being confirmed. Please check back for more information shortly."

Reservation by Phone

To reserve by phone, call the Marriott’s general reservation line at (800) 514-4681.

Guests must mention the group name, "Midwest Archives Conference" in order to receive the group rate.

Rate: $139 per night (single or double), plus 12% state and local tax.

Deadline for reserving a room with the MAC group rate is April 14, 2020, 5:00pm CST.

Vendor Fair and Breaks

Discover the newest and best archival supplies, services and educational opportunities while you meet providers and talk to colleagues during the vendor fair on Thursday from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fuel your conversation with refreshments while you visit the displays.

MAC Pals

If you are new to MAC or if this is your first time attending a MAC event, we have designed a special program for you, MAC Pals. MAC Pals matches experienced members with new members or first-time meeting attendees. If you would like to participate in the program—either as an experienced member or as a new one—simply check the appropriate box on the registration form. For more information, contact Greg Bailey at [email protected].

Child Care

To assist specifically with child care issues for attendees, LAC member, Heather Campbell ([email protected]), has been designated to assist in identifying local caregiving providers, detailing family-friendly activities in the area, and assisting with other needs. In addition, please see mac2020dsm.tumblr.com for additional information in these areas.

Childtime of Des Moines: This day-care center is located at 610 Center St., less than a mile from the Marriott. Purchase a “flexcard” for about $300 (cost depends on child’s age) for up to five days of care, subject to availability in the appropriate age-level classroom (infant to preschool). Typical paperwork regarding immunizations, emergency information, etc., is required. Call 515-243-4366 to enroll.

Babysitters in Des Moines: Care.com offers a free membership; users must create a profile before browsing Des Moines–area sitters. Sittercity.com requires an automatically renewing monthly subscription plan ($8 to $35/month).

Travel Information

BY AIR

Des Moines International Airport, which is serviced by American Airlines, American Eagle, Delta, United Airlines, United Express, US Airways, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Allegiant Air, is a short 5-mile drive from the Des Moines Marriott Downtown. The conference hotel offers a complimentary airport shuttle for hotel guests, which departs every 30 minutes Monday – Friday from 4:30 am – 12:00 pm, and every hour Saturday and Sunday from 5:00 am – 11:00 am. Hotel guests can also call the hotel to request a pickup at 515-245-5500. The estimated cab fare is $20 each way. Uber and Lyft are also available to help conference attendees get around Des Moines.

BY BUS

Greyhound Express and Megabus provide service between Des Moines and Lincoln to the west, and Chicago to the East. Jefferson Lines connects Des Moines to Minneapolis to the north and Kansas City to the south. Greyhound Express and Jefferson Lines station is located at 1501 2nd Ave, 2 miles from the conference hotel. Megabus Bus Stop is located at 701-805 Cherry St., 2 miles from the conference hotel.

BY CAR

From I-35S:

Keep left to continue on I-235 W and follow signs for I-235 W/Des Moines. Take exit 8A toward Des Moines/Downtown/Iowa Events Center (400 ft). Keep left, follow signs for 5th Ave/6th Ave/7th St (0.3 mi). Turn left onto 5th Ave (0.6 mi). Turn right onto Grand Ave. Destination will be on the left (0.1 mi).

From I-35N:

Take exit 72A to merge onto I-235 E toward W Des Moines/Des Moines. Take exit 8A toward Downtown/Des Moines/Iowa Events Center (0.3 mi). Keep right, follow signs for 7th Street/6th Avenue/5th Avenue (0.2 mi). Turn right onto 7th St (0.5 mi). Turn right before Des Moines Marriott Downtown. Destination will be on the left (56 ft).

From I-80E:

Keep left to continue on I-235 E. Take exit 8A toward Downtown/Des Moines/Iowa Events Center (0.3 mi). Keep right, follow signs for 7th Street/6th Avenue/5th Avenue (0.2 mi). Turn right onto 7th St (0.5 mi). Turn right before Des Moines Marriott Downtown. Destination will be on the left (56 ft).

From I-80W:

Take exit 137A on the left to merge onto I-235 W toward Des Moines. Take exit 8A toward Des Moines/Downtown/Iowa Events Center (400 ft). Keep left, follow signs for 5th Ave/6th Ave/7th St (0.3 mi). Turn left onto 5th Ave (0.6 mi). Turn right onto Grand Ave. Destination will be on the left (0.1 mi).

PARKING

Off-site parking is available in a public parking ramp, fee: $1/hour, $10/day
On-sit valet parking, fee: $25/day
Oversized vehicles valet parked for $35/day
Short term parking $13 up to 8hrs

Contact

For questions or concerns regarding the meeting, please email: [email protected]

Or Contact:

Debra S. Nolan, CAE, IOM
2598 E. Sunrise Blvd., Suite 2104
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
[email protected]