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#AskAnArchivist Day Is October 30!

On October 30, archivists around the country will take to Twitter to respond to questions tweeted with the hashtag #AskAnArchivist. Take this opportunity to engage via your personal and/or institutional Twitter accounts and to respond to questions posed directly to you or more generally to all participants. Help spread the word in your community and via your networks! Click here for more details.

Get Involved! A Call to Service in SAA

SAA Vice President/President-Elect Dennis Meissner is now soliciting volunteers to serve on SAA appointed groups beginning in August 2015. If you’re interested in contributing to SAA’s growth—and developing professionally yourself!—review the list of open appointments and the volunteer formDeadline: January 20, 2015.

October Is American Archives Month!

Since 2006, American Archives Month has given the profession an opportunity to tell (or remind) people that items that are important to them are being preserved, cataloged, cared for, and made accessible by archivists. This year, American Archives Month is doubly significant: SAA President Kathleen Roe has kicked off the Year of Living Dangerously for Archives, encouraging archivists to take concerted actions to increase awareness of and advocate for archives. Her first call to action—Demonstrate the Values of Archives—echoes the efforts that many archivists and repositories are taking this October to celebrate American Archives Month.

To help you participate in American Archives Month and the Year of Living Dangerously for Archives, SAA has provided archivists with practical information and great ideas to help make your archives program more visible.  Plus, read how your colleagues across the country are celebrating, and tell us how you are commemorating the month. 

November Council Meeting Materials Now Available

The SAA Council will meet from Sunday, November 9, through Wednesday, November 12, in Chicago. View the agenda and discussion materials here.

Attend the new DAS webinar, Archival Collections Management Systems, November 4!

Are you considering implementing an archival collections management system (ACMS) such as ArchivesSpace or Collective Access? Are you overwhelmed by the process of selecting the right tool for your institution? This web seminar, which is based on the original web seminar developed by Lisa Spiro and her report about archival management software issued by the Council on Library and Information Resources, will take you through the process of evaluating and selecting a content management system.

It's a Three-Peat! Announcing SAA's Archival Fundamentals Series III

The SAA Publications Board has started work on the third installment of the Archival Fundamentals Series (AFS), including assembling a stellar cast of authors. AFS III, like its predecessors, will continue to represent our intellectual capital as found in our history, current activities, and member contributions to the profession. [Read more]

"The Year of Living Dangerously for Archives" Challenge #2: Archives and the Human Face of War

SAA President Kathleen Roe launches Challenge #2, which focuses on ways to connect to the commemorations of Veterans Day on November 11, and Pearl Harbor Day on December 7. Take the opportunity to raise awareness of the importance and value of archives—this time by building on the existing interest in military conflicts and military service. Read more here.

DACS Change Proposal

The Technical Subcommittee on Describing Archives: A Content Standard (TS-DACS) has received a revision proposal related to DACS 2.3.3 and DACS 2.3.6. Please review the change proposal and let us know what you think about it. Feedback can be sent to gordon_daines@byu.edu and will be accepted through October 31, 2014. We look forward to hearing from the community.

ARCHIVES * RECORDS: Ensuring Access Conference Recordings on MP3

Weren’t able to attend ARCHIVES*RECORDS: Ensuring Access? Or want to listen to your favorite sessions again? Now you can have access to all 2014 conference recorded sessions until August 2015.  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 link and passcode. (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 (Keyword: 2014 Conference)

Thanks for Your 2015 Session Proposals!

SAA members and friends of the archives profession submitted 142 education session proposals and 29 poster proposals for ARCHIVES 2015, the 79th Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archivists in Cleveland, Ohio August 16-22, 2015. The 2015 Program Committee members will begin their review of proposals during the week of October 20, and will meet in Chicago November 14-16 to determine the final selections. See the tentative proposal notification schedule here.

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