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SAA Issues Statement on Closing/Consolidation of NARA Facilities

In a March 11 press release, the National Archives and Records Administration announced that the National Archives facility in Anchorage, Alaska, will close in 2014 and that facilities in Philadelphia and Fort Worth will be consolidated. Read SAA’s statement here.

Action Alert: Oppose Elimination of IMLS and NEH!

April 3, 2014--House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan has proposed elimination of the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Endowment for the Humanities in the FY 15 federal budget.  Contact your Member of Congress now to state your opposition to Ryan’s budget proposal.  More

ARL/SAA Mosaic Program Application Deadline Extended to April 16

SAA and ARL have extended the application deadline for the second 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, practical work 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.  New deadline: April 16, 2014.  Read more and complete the online application form at

Spring for This: March/April Archival Outlook

The latest issue of Archival Outlook gives tips on processing large collections, highlights SAA’s work to keep archives on the World Intellectual Property Organization’s agenda, describes how a controversial tombstone helped one archivist better explain why her school needs an archives, and more. Click here for the digital edition; the print edition will be mailed in April. 

SAA Bookstore to Close for Inventory

SAA is conducting a periodic inventory on Tuesday, April 1, through Thursday, April 3. Orders placed after 1:00 pm on Monday, March 31, will be fulfilled after the inventory is complete, starting Friday, April 4. We regret any inconvenience caused and thank you for your business.

Tell SAA How You Celebrated MayDay!

MayDay — May 1 — is a time when archivists and other cultural heritage professionals take personal and professional responsibility for doing something--even if it's something simple--to help make a difference if an emergency occurs in their repositories.  What did you do on MayDay?  Send information about your MayDay activities or exercises to so that we may share it with others. Here are some examples sent to us describing group and repository participation in the past.

Get Ready to Bloom with Trends in Archives Practice

The SAA Publications Board is delighted to announce the next nineteen titles in the modular series Trends in Archives Practice, several of which will debut this summer. These brief (up to 20,000 words) authoritative treatments are being written and edited by established professionals and emerging leaders. Click here to take a peek at the upcoming titles.

Council Creates Committee on Public Awareness; Volunteer Now!

The SAA Council approved on March 17 creation of a new Committee on Public Awareness to “provide strategic information and advice to the SAA Council to enhance SAA’s capacity to promote the value of archives and archivists to institutions, communities, and society.” Read more and volunteer here. Deadline: Tuesday, April 8.

January Council Meeting Minutes Adopted

Browse the minutes of the January 23-26 Council meeting here.

Awards & Fellow Nominations + Scholarship Applications Due Today!

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 today (Feb. 28)! For details,

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