The Midwest Archives Conference (MAC) annual meeting 2013 was held in Indianapolis from Thursday, April 18 – Saturday, April 20 at the downtown Hyatt Regency Hotel – kitty corner from the state capitol. The theme of the conference was “In the Driver’s Seat: MAC at Indy” – an Indy 500 racecourse tie-in. But Indianapolisis home to the Eli Lilly Pharmaceutical Companyand that became a personal theme of the conference.
|Hyatt Regency (center building)|
|Oldfields – the Lilly Family Estate|
|Eli Lilly and Company|
The beautiful Lilly campus covers numerous city blocks with its administrative headquarters and R&D laboratories. It was founded in Indianapolis in 1876 and is now the 10thlargest pharmaceutical company in the world. Getting to go behind the scenes and see the working of the archives was an unusual treat – due to the proprietary and confidential nature of the business. It was a great tour – thanks to Michael and Katelyn!
Concurrent sessions were offered over the 3 days – giving everyone a chance to pick something that fit their needs and interests. Records and Information Management, Proactive Collecting, Leadership in Archives, Managing the Shop, Using Podcasts, Electronic Records and the ArchivesSpace Project Update were personal choices. Some great creative ideas are always sparked and awakened – MAC is a place to refresh and regain energy to barrel ahead and make the archives relevant to our users in this digital age.