MAC Fall 2024 Symposium

Reparative Description Workflows
October 18-19, 2024
Augustana College
Rock Island, Illinois

About the Symposium

The Fall 2024 MAC Symposium will be held on October 18-19, 2024, on the beautiful campus of Augustana College in Rock Island IL. Our topic will be Reparative Description Workflows. The objectives are:

  • Participants will leave the workshop with a workable plan for next steps in limiting harmful language in archives descriptive practices.
  • Participants will read example workflows and discuss them. 
  • Participants will discuss practical ways to engage community members and stakeholders in restorative language and subject headings. 
  • Participants will have time to reflect on reparative description, the harm done in the past, and ways to move forward.


MAC Members: $150.00
Non-Members: $200.00
Students: $75.00

Registration fees cover attendance to the Symposium, two continental breakfasts, one box lunch, and break snacks.


Code of Conduct

MAC is strongly committed to providing an environment of cooperation and collaboration. These values are central to our mission. Similarly, we aim to ensure that all participants can learn, network, and enjoy the company of colleagues in an environment of mutual respect in all physical and online spaces, including events, committee work, social media, forums, and other activities.

All participants and attendees at the Annual Meeting are expected to abide by the MAC Code of Conduct. MAC does not tolerate harassment in any form and is committed to providing a harassment-free environment for its members and others who participate in our events. Information on how to report violations is available on the website; if there is an emergency, please call 911.

Travel and Accommodations

MAC has secured a room block at the Wyndham Moline for $109 a night in a King suite:

About the Presenters

Our facilitators for the workshop have a great deal of experience thinking about reparative description and creating workflows.

Stephanie M. Luke is Assistant Professor-Metadata Librarian at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She holds a B.A. in English from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, an M.A. in English from Indiana University Bloomington, and an M.L.S. with a specialization in Rare Books and Manuscripts Librarianship from Indiana University Bloomington. Her research focuses on reparative description and inclusive metadata in libraries and archives.

Kristen Whitson is the Digital Specialist and Consortia Manager with WiLS (Wisconsin Library Services). She holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Northern Arizona University and an M.L.I.S. with a specialization in archival studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her work focuses on local historical digital collections, community archives, and work in Indigenous and LGBTQ+ archives.

Meeting Spaces

The symposium will occur in the Gerber Center for Student Life at Augustana College. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on Friday and Saturday. The multi-purpose building includes a large conference space with audiovisual capacity and technical support. In addition, the Center consists of other amenities such as library spaces (including Augustana’s Special Collections), a coffee shop, an outdoor patio, and access to the dining center.