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Now Available: Rights in the Digital Era!

Rights in the Digital Era, the newest publication in SAA’s Trends in Archives Practice series, provides an essential introduction to the law of copyright, privacy, publicity, and trademarks from an archival perspective. Edited by Menzi L. Behrnd-Klodt and Christopher J. Prom and featuring an introduction by Peter B. Hirtle, Rights in the Digital Era includes four modules: Understanding Copyright Law by Heather Briston, Balancing Access and Privacy in Manuscript Collections by Menzi L. Behrnd-Klodt, Balancing Access and Privacy in the Records of Organizations by Menzi L. Behrnd-Klodt, and Managing Rights and Permissions by Aprille C. McKay. Print and PDF versions of the publication are available for $29.95 for SAA members ($34.95 for nonmembers). The modules will be available to purchase separately next month. 

Meet the 2015 Candidates

Sixteen candidates are vying for four different offices in the forthcoming SAA elections. Eligible voters can access their ballots between March 13 and April 13. In the meantime, click on the candidates’ names on the slate to read their bios and responses to the Nominating Committee’s questions.

Awards & Fellow Nominations + Scholarship Applications Due Feb 28!

SAA is in search of excellence and offers a variety of opportunities for professional recognition and financial assistance through the naming of Fellows, an awards competition, and scholarships. Nominate a deserving colleague – or yourself – by Feb. 28! For details,

ARL/SAA Mosaic Program Call for Applications—Deadline February 28

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and SAA are now accepting applications for the 2015-2017 cohort of the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program. This program promotes much-needed diversification of the archives and special collections professional workforce by providing financial support, robust internship experience, mentoring, career placement assistance, and leadership development to emerging professionals from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups. An important objective of the program is to attract and retain individuals who demonstrate excellent potential for scholastic and personal achievement and who manifest a commitment both to the archives and special collections profession and to advancing diversity concerns within it. Read more here.

Why People Love Archives

SAA President Kathleen Roe’s Year of Living Dangerously for Archives challenges have generated many inspiring comments about the archival profession and what you love about archives. Now we’re encouraging you to seek input from others! We truly do have strong, energetic supporters of all kinds—from journalists to genealogists, students to stakeholders, there are people who can and do say wonderful things about the value of archives. For February’s Year of Living Dangerously challenge, we’re asking you to seek input, comments, or testimonials on why archives matter to others. Here’s how you can participate.

Just In: January/February Archival Outlook

We’ve got your reading material covered: the January/February issue of Archival Outlook is now available online. In this issue, the Archivists of Central Texas share how they made the Austin Archives Bazaar a success, Jen Wolfe details the making of the University of Iowa Libraries’ DIY History site, archivist Joshua Hager shares his experience as a Jeopardy! contestant, and more. The print issue will be mailed to members in February. 

2015 Research Forum: Call For Participants / Call for Presentations

Join us for the 8th Annual SAA Research Forum: “Foundations and Innovations”!  Participants’ enthusiastic response to the past seven Research Forums confirms that the full spectrum of research activities—from “pure” research to applied research to innovative practice—is of interest and value to the archives community. The 2015 Research Forum will build on previous success by continuing with a full day of presentations. Deadline for submission of abstracts: May 1, 2015.

Plan Now to Exhibit at ARCHIVES 2015

In August 2015, Cleveland will become the ARCHIVES capital of the world! You’ll have access to the year’s largest audience of archives, records, and information professionals who are eager to learn about your products and services, ask questions, and provide their perspectives. The ARCHIVES 2015 Expo brings together—in one place and at one time—the purchasing decision makers at the national, state, and local levels. Take advantage of their great ideas—and share a few of your own! Take advantage of their great ideas—and share a few of your own! Purchase your booth today!

SAA Response to Member Request re University of Oregon Records Release Incident

In response to member requests for SAA comment on a recent incident regarding release of records at the University of Oregon, the Council has collected information and issued a response. For a compilation of news articles and other media related to this issue, click here.

January Council Conference Call Minutes Adopted

Browse the minutes of the January 16 Council conference call here.

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