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SAA Opposes Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Provisions

Read SAA’s new issue brief on “Archivists and the Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement,” which concludes that, “…the TPP trade agreement contains a number of provisions that seriously upset the balance that is fundamental to effective copyright law and thereby threatens the archival mission in the U.S. and in other Pacific Rim countries.”

#AskAnArchivist Day: A Tweet Success!

Thank you to all who helped make #AskAnArchivist Day a success! Participants generated more than 7,500 tweets and #AskAnArchivist was a trending topic in the United States. The day gave the public the chance to learn more about archives and the profession, and gave archivists an opportunity to describe what they do and why it's important. Stay tuned for more details; until then, search Twitter for #AskAnArchivist to see the many conversations that took place. Let's continue promoting the good work of archivists throughout American Archives Month! 

Roth Resigns from SAA Council

James Roth, who was elected to a three-year term on the SAA Council in 2014, has resigned from the group for personal reasons. The Council has determined that the vacant position will be included in the general election conducted in March/April 2016. Read more.

Now Accepting Session Proposals for ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2016

The online submission form is now open! Submit your proposals for live sessions and posters for ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2016, the Joint Annual Meeting of the Council of State Archivists and the Society of American Archivists. See the Call for Proposals here. Deadline: November 13, 2015.

SAA Comments on Copyright Office’s Mass Digitization Pilot Program

“For the vast bulk of what is in archives, mostly unpublished or rare materials where copyright claimants do not exist, ECL [extended collective licensing] would be unhelpful, irrelevant, unduly burdensome, and a disservice to the communities that archives serve.” Read SAA President Dennis Meissner’s September 23 letter to the Register of Copyrights (drafted by the Intellectual Property Working Group) here. 

SAA Council Approves A&D Certificate, Criteria for Advocacy Statements

With a wide-ranging agenda for its August 17-18 meeting held in conjunction with ARCHIVES 2015, the SAA Council…. Read more.

ARCHIVES 2015 Conference Recordings on MP3

Weren’t able to attend ARCHIVES 2015? Or want to listen to your favorite sessions again? Now you can have access to all 2015 conference recorded sessions.  Listen to whatever sessions you choose whenever you’d like via your MP3 player, smartphone, or table. Or download them to a CD if you’d prefer. You’ll receive access notification via email with a link to download files. (Note: Based on speaker preference, not all presentations were recorded. Check the session listing in the online program for an indication of those that were not recorded.) Purchase in the SAA Bookstore.

August 2015 Council Meeting Minutes Now Available

The minutes of the August 17-18 and August 22 meetings of the SAA Council are now available. Read highlights of the Council meeting here.

Dues Increase Proposal Under Review

The SAA Council voted at its May 2015 meeting to propose to the membership a dues increase, effective July 1, 2016. Based on member feedback at (and since) the August 22 Annual Membership Meeting in Cleveland, the proposed dues schedule currently is under review. An all-member referendum on the increase will be conducted in the fall.

Member Affinity Groups Proposal: Thanks for Your Comments!

Thanks to the more than 50 individuals and component groups that responded to the call for comments on the SAA Council’s Member Affinity Groups proposal. Council members will consider all feedback at their November meeting and will issue a second draft for comment.

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