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American Archives Month: Collaborating to "Spread the Word"

If you’re interested in spreading the good word about archives and archivists—in October or throughout the year—click here to check out our practical tips on "Talking Points on the Value of Archives," "Event Planning Guide," "Tips for Media Interviews," "Archives and Young People," "Outreach Ideas from Your Colleagues," and more!

Council Creates Committee on Advocacy and Public Policy

The SAA Council has approved creation of a new Committee on Advocacy and Public Policy to “provide strategic information and advice to the SAA Council to enhance SAA’s capacity to address public policy issues and concerns affecting archivists, archives, the archival profession, and its stakeholders.” CAPP replaces the Government Affairs Working Group. Read the full committee description here.

New at the SAA Bookstore

SAA is proud to debut two new titles: Exhibits in Archives and Special Collections Libraries by Jessica Lacher-Feldman gives readers practical and straightforward tips on developing enlightening exhibits. In Perspectives on Women’s Archives, edited by Tanya Zanish-Belcher with Anke Voss, eighteen essays written by noted archivists and historians inspire new thinking about the value of women’s archives and how to fill the gaps in our recordkeeping. 

In Other Actions, the SAA Council....

Click here for a summary of actions taken by the SAA Council at its August 12-13 meeting in New Orleans.

Council Adopts Principles and Priorities for Continuously Improving Annual Meeting

At its August 12 meeting the SAA Council adopted “Principles and Priorities for Continuously Improving the SAA Annual Meeting,” based on the comprehensive work of the 2011-2013 Annual Meeting Task Force.  Read the full Task Force report here.

SAA Office Closed; See You in New Orleans!

The SAA office is closed from Monday, August 12, through Monday, August 19, as we provide staff support to the Joint Annual Meeting in New Orleans. We look forward to processing your orders promptly when the office reopens on Tuesday, August 20 – and to seeing many of you during the week!

Follow the conference via Twitter at #saa13.

New Mobile App, Online Schedule, and Website for ARCHIVES 2013

ARCHIVES 2013 now has its own website, an interactive schedule, and a mobile app! • Create your own conference schedule • Connect with attendees, speakers, and exhibitors on social media • Access the schedule from any mobile device • Sync with Google, Outlook, and iCal calendars. Take a look and try it out:

Second Posting of August 12-13 Council Meeting Materials Now Available

The second and final posting of materials for the August 12-13 Council meeting in New Orleans is available here. Remember:  All members are welcome to attend SAA Council meetings!

NEH Budget in Peril: Take Action Now!

July 26, 2013-The House Appropriations Committee’s Interior and Environment Subcommittee adopted a bill this week that slashes the National Endowment for the Humanities’ FY 14 funding by 49% ($71 million) from the current level of $146 million. The Smithsonian Institution is funded at $660 million in the bill, a cut of $155 million (19%) from FY 13. Click here to send a message urging your Representative to oppose these devastating cuts.

Senate Subcommittee Passes $5 Million in Funding for NHPRC

July 23, 2013—The Senate Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee has just passed an FY14 funding bill that provides $5 million for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The full Appropriations Committee will mark up the bill on July 25. Many thanks to those who urged the FS&GG to provide level funding at $4.75 million. Your contacts made a difference—and then some!

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