SAA and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) announce the selection of six master of library and information science (MLIS) students with specialization in archives to participate in the 2015–2017 ARL/SAA Mosaic Program. Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), this program reflects the joint commitment of SAA and ARL to promote much-needed diversification of the archives and special collections professional workforce. Click here for details.
Join us this summer for live webinars that will give you the tools and information to manage born-digital records. You can view these webinars with your colleagues, participate in discussions, and get your questions answered. Here’s what’s coming up:
On June 2, Preservation Formats in the Context of PDF addresses the criteria for a “preservation format,” the use of PDF/A as a preservation format, the limitations of PDF, the ISO PDF/A standard, the processes for converting electronic documents to PDF, quality control procedures, and general preservation management for PDFs.
The June 19 Metadata Overview for Archivists webinar will cover the basics of descriptive, technical, structural, and administrative metadata. You’ll also see how metadata supports access and preservation in archives.
On June 30, get an Introduction to Processing Digital Records and Manuscripts. This webinar introduces techniques for adapting traditional archival practices to the management of digital archival materials, and serves as an introduction to the Arrangement and Description of Electronic Records DAS courses.
SAVE THE DATE: July 14 - Providing Access to Digital Archives
The Grants Development Subcommittee of the Regional Archival Associations Consortium (RAAC) developed a listing of national and state-level grants to raise awareness among member regionals about grant opportunities. The listing is the first phase of RAAC’s grant resource guide, which is expected to expand and evolve over time.
In the latest Campus Case Study, “Digital Preservation Strategies for a Small Private College,” Illinois Wesleyan University Archivist Meg Miner explores tactics lone arrangers can take to ensure good stewardship for born digital and digitized institutional records when their repositories cannot dedicate funds or staff time to digital preservation workflows.
The American Archivist—one of the profession’s premier journals—has a new online home at americanarchivist.org. The website has a smart new look, is a lot easier to use, and offers new tools and features to make it an online experience worthy of the journal’s best-in-class content. We’ll be adding some finishing touches over the next few weeks, but we think you’ll already love what you see. Check it out!
Click here to view the online program, download a PDF of the Preliminary Program, make your hotel reservations, access the Host Committee blog, and register for the 2015 Annual Meeting, August 16-22, in Cleveland!
Take a moment now to urge your Congressperson and the members of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government to provide $10 million in funding for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission for federal FY 2016.Here’s how you can help.