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32 Earn Digital Archives Specialist Certificates from Society of American Archivists

Congratulations to the thirty-two new Digital Archives Specialists (DAS).  These archivists, who represent a variety of repositories from around the country, earned a DAS Certificate from SAA after completing required coursework within twenty-four months and passing comprehensive examinations in February. Click here to see who they are!

Emporia State University Forms New Student Chapter

The SAA Council on April 13 approved Emporia State University’s petition to form a new SAA student chapter, bringing to 38 the total number of SAA student chapters.

Roe Submits Testimony on District of Columbia Archives

Since 2003 SAA leaders have expressed through letters and testimony our serious concern that the District have a strong records management and archives program. Read Roe’s testimony here.

Speak Up for History and Archives

When we want to advocate for archives in Congress, it will certainly help if our Representatives are aware of archives and why they are important. The latest call to action in SAA President Kathleen Roe’s Year of Living Dangerously for Archives challenges archivists to reach out to their member of Congress to ask him or her to join the Congressional History Caucus. Here’s how you can participate.

SAA Issues Statement on Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act as Amended

SAA urges all states to respect and protect the rights of all their citizens. Read SAA’s Statement here.

Spring Into a New Archival Outlook!

In the March/April issue of Archival Outlook, learn how one archivist used her state’s learning standards to develop an educational program for first graders, read about UCLA Library Special Collections’ flash exhibition program, discover strategies for leading successful archival programs, and more. The issue is now available online; the print edition will be mailed to members later this month.

March Foundation Board Meeting Minutes Adopted

Browse the minutes of the March 13-14 Foundation Board meeting here.

Revisions to DACS

The Technical Subcommittee on Describing Archives: A Content Standard (TS-DACS) is pleased to announce that the SAA Council has approved revisions to DACS 2.3.3. and DACS 2.3.6. Click here for details.

MayDay!

On May 1, do something – even if it’s something small – that will make a difference when and if an emergency occurs in your repository. That’s the purpose of MayDay, a grassroots effort whose goal is to save our archives.

SAA Statement on Use of Non-government Email Accounts for the Conduct of Public Business

SAA notes with concern the practice of many elected and appointed government officials of using unofficial, non-government email accounts for the conduct of public business. Read SAA’s full statement here.

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