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A New Librarian of Congress: Qualities of a Successful Candidate

A nominee for the office of Librarian of Congress will be selected based upon the legal obligations and responsibilities under federal law. In addition to these requirements, the Society of American Archivists, the Council of State Archivists, and the National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators believe that the following personal and professional qualities are important in order for a nominee to be successful in this essential position of public trust. [Read more]

Comment Deadline Extended: Member Affinity Groups Proposal

August 26, 2015--In light of significant comment at ARCHIVES 2015, the Council has extended the deadline for member comments on a proposal to change SAA's member affinity group structure. Read more here. The new deadline for comments is Tuesday, September 15. 

SAA Office Closed; See You in Cleveland!

The SAA office will be closed from August 17 to 25 while the staff is in Cleveland for the 2015 Annual Meeting. Orders placed on Friday, August 14, after noon (CDT) will be fulfilled starting on Wednesday, August 26. We regret any inconvenience--and thank you for your investment in SAA!

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Council-Proposed Motion on Dues Increase to be Discussed at Membership Meeting

The SAA Council voted at its May 2015 meeting to propose to the membership a dues increase, effective July 1, 2016. Read the briefing paper here. The proposal will be discussed at the Saturday, August 22, Membership Meeting in Cleveland. An all-member referendum on the increase will be conducted in the fall.

SAA Calls on Facebook to Enable Content Downloading for Pages

In an August 5 letter to Mark Zuckerberg and the Facebook Board of Directors, SAA President Kathleen Roe urges FB to “add functionality that allows a page owner to download the contents of her/her page(s). This would allow archival institutions to accept donations of this material….” Read the entire letter, drafted by SAA’s Web Archiving Roundtable.

Bethany Anderson Named Reviews Editor of The American Archivist

Bethany Anderson, archival operations and reference specialist at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, has been named reviews editor of The American Archivist. As reviews editor, Anderson will join the journal’s Editorial Board and work in collaboration with Editor Gregory S. Hunter to commission review essays that evaluate recent relevant writings and their relationship to archives. 

SAA Comments on “Copyright Protection for Certain Visual Works”

In a July 23 response to a U.S. Copyright Office notice of inquiry, SAA President Kathleen Roe notes that, “SAA is concerned that in your effort to protect the traditional income of a small minority of creators, the Copyright Office may impose rules that close off access to graphic imagery found in archival repositories.” Read the full letter, drafted by SAA’s Intellectual Property Working Group, here.

August Council Meeting Materials Now Available

The SAA Council will meet on Monday, August 17 (4:00 – 8:00 pm), Tuesday, August 18 (8:00 am – noon), and Saturday, August 22 (1:00 – 2:30 pm) in conjunction with ARCHIVES 2015 in Cleveland. View the agenda and discussion materials here. All SAA members are welcome to attend these meetings.

2016 Joint Annual Meeting Call for Program Proposals (Due November 13!)

ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2016, the Joint Annual Meeting of the Council of State Archivists and the Society of American Archivists, will take place from July 31 to August 6, 2016, at the Hilton Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia. The 2016 Program Committee invites submissions for 60- or 75-minute live sessions or poster presentations that reflect current issues in the archives profession.  Read the full call here. The deadline for proposals is 11:59 pm on Friday, November 13. Proposals received after that time cannot be considered.

House Committee Action to Eliminate NHPRC

Tuesday, July 21—SAA learned this morning from the National Coalition for History that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which oversees NARA, will take up a bill tomorrow morning to address the recent data breach at the Office of Personnel Management. Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, who introduced the bill, proposes to offset the costs associated with implementing it by eliminating the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. With markup scheduled today, we thought it important to notify you of this situation with an understanding that it will be very important to take action – both as individuals and collectively – when this bill comes before the House. We will notify you as soon as we’re aware of that timing. SAA is communicating with the Council of State Archivists and the National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators regarding this situation and further action. UPDATE: As of July 22, the bill has not been marked up. We will continue to monitor its status.

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