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"Hurricane Sandy: Record, Remember, Rebuild" Project

SAA has joined forces with Historypin, Google, the American Association for State and Local History, and the Metropolitan New York Library Council to support a collaborative history project to document the impact of Hurricane Sandy. If you have material relating to the hurricane or historical photos of neighborhoods damaged by the storm, please consider contributing content to the project. Read more here.

ICA Seeks Support Opposing Draft European Data Protection Regulation

At its April 2013 meeting in Amsterdam, the Steering Committee of the Section of Professional Associations of the International Council on Archives (ICA SPA) adopted a statement “express[ing] its concern about the draft European Data Protection Regulation that will result in the destruction of personal data and recommends that the members of ICA SPA promote, in- and outside their associations, the signing of a petition initiated by the French Association of Archivists AAF. ICA SPA emphasizes that archives are a unique and irreplaceable heritage and play an essential role in the development of societies by safeguarding the individual and community memory (UNESCO Universal Declaration on Archives as adopted by UNESCO in 2011).” Sign-on deadline: May 29.

Grants Available for Oklahoma Recovery

The National Disaster Recovery Fund for Archives provides grants of up to $2,000 to assist repositories in recovery of damaged or at-risk archival materials. To apply for a grant or donate to the fund, click here.

Volunteers Sought for Task Force on Member Affinity Groups

At its May 15-17 meeting the SAA Council voted unanimously to establish a Task Force on Member Affinity Groups that will provide the Council with recommendations about what sorts of affinity group structures might be most effective in encouraging flexible, inclusive, and participatory opportunities for members.  Interested in volunteering?  Read more hereDeadline:  Monday, June 10.

Council Adopts 2013 – 2018 Goals and Strategies

Armed with more than 24 compiled pages of member comments submitted in April, the SAA Council at its May meeting adopted new Vision and Mission statements, Core Organizational Values, and Goals and Strategies for SAA’s Strategic Plan 2013 – 2018.  Draft actions associated with the Goals and Strategies will be open for member comment in mid-July. 

Council Adopts FY14 Budget, Creates Task Force on Member Affinity Groups

At its May 15-17 meeting, the SAA Council adopted an FY14 budget that targets ongoing investment in the Society’s technology infrastructure; major components of the Strategic Plan 2013 – 2018; and a recommendation to create a Task Force on Member Affinity Groups. Read more here.

"Archival Outlook": The May/June Issue Is Here!

In this issue of Archival Outlook, learn about SAA’s 2013 Election results, read how the Albertsons Library Special Collections and Archives introduced iPads in the reading room, get tips for your first Annual Meeting experience, and more. The PDF is available here; the print issue will be mailed in early June.

DACS Second Edition: Now Available

Describing Archives: A Content Standard, Second Edition (DACS) is now available as a free PDF download. DACS facilitates consistent, appropriate, and self-explanatory description of archival materials and creators of archival materials. This new edition reflects the growing convergence among archival, museum, and library standards; aligns DACS with the descriptive standards developed and supported by the International Council on Archives; and provides guidance on the creation of archival authority records. Click here to access the PDF; a print edition will be available for purchase in June.

Help Stop the Impending Fiscal Disaster for Historical Records in the US!

A fiscal disaster is brewing in Washington, DC, for archives, manuscripts, and records organizations nationwide. Anything less than level funding for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission will compromise the agency’s ability to carry out its legal mandate – which in turn affects the capacity of repositories nationwide to care for our nation’s heritage and make it available for citizens’ use. Please join the effort to ask the House Appropriations Committee and its Subcommittee on Financial Services to provide level funding for NHPRC. Learn what you can do to help.

Comment on Communications Ideas by May 4!

Make sure your voice is heard! The SAA Communications Task Force's nine preliminary recommendations for enhancing the Society’s communication strategies are open for comment until Saturday, May 4. We welcome your feedback on these ideas to improve, streamline, and amend the communication channels you use from SAA.  Read the ideas and comment here, and/or take a brief (4-minute!) survey here.

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