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ARCHIVES*RECORDS: Ensuring Access Proposal Notification Schedule

Did you submit a proposal for the Joint CoSA/NAGARA/SAA meeting in August? Curious about when you’ll learn whether your proposal was accepted?  Click here for the Program Committee’s notification schedule.

The American Archivist: New Issue Available NOW!

Curl up with a good read in this chilly weather. In the Fall/Winter 2013 issue of The American Archivist, Mark Greene and Randall Jimerson debate whether being an ethical archivist means pursuing social justice in all phases of archival practice; Caryn Radick sinks her teeth into the narrative and plot of Bram Stoker’s Dracula from an archival perspective; and Karen Gracy plumbs professional attitudes toward digital distribution of archival moving images; plus much more! Click here to access the issue online; the print edition will arrive in your mailbox just in time for the December holidays!

Call for Member Comment: Best Practices for Internships as a Component of Archival Education

Internships play a unique role in the archival profession, with many graduate archives programs requiring them as a component for a degree. Due to the importance internships play in the development of so many SAA members and the profession, providing a "Best Practices" document with guidelines for interns, faculty supervisors, and intern supervisors is well advised. While this document does not deal with every eventuality, the hope is that it provides guidance for interns, faculty advisers, and intern supervisors.

After circulating this document among the Archives Management Roundtable, Archival Educators Roundtable, College and University Archives Section, and Students and New Professionals Roundtable (SNAP), the authors (SAA Council members Huth, Kaplan, Mangiafico, and Zanish-Belcher) now seek comment from all SAA members. Once final revisions are completed by the end of November, the document will be forwarded to the SAA Standards Committee for final review prior to being reviewed by the SAA Council at its January meeting. Comment publicly here, or email by Friday, November 22.

Adventures in Appointments

The process of appointing volunteers in SAA is an adventure, according to President Danna C. Bell, in this excerpt from the most recent Archival Outlook. Click here to learn about opportunities to become active in roundtable and section leadership, and committees, task forces, and working groups that support the SAA leadership.

DACS Now Available in Three Formats

Call it a three-peat! The web version of Describing Archives: A Content Standard Second Edition is now available and can be accessed directly (or from the home page for the second edition; select “DACS Second Edition 2013 Web Version”). DACS is also available as a PDF and in print.

Call for 2014 Student Paper and Poster Presentations

The 2014 Student Program Subcommittee is accepting proposals for two special sessions—a paper session and a poster session—dedicated to student scholarship during the Joint Annual Meeting of CoSA, NAGARA, and SAA in Washington, DC, August 10-16, 2014. Work from both master’s and doctoral students will be considered. Proposals are due February 3, 2014. Read more and submit your proposal here.

NEW! In the Loop Archive

Check out SAA’s new In the Loop Archive, which features all issues from 2013. SAA will update the page each time an issue is published.

Get Involved! A Call to Service in SAA

SAA Vice President/President-Elect Kathleen Roe is now soliciting volunteers to serve on SAA appointed groups beginning in August 2014. If you’re interested in contributing to SAA’s growth – and developing professionally yourself! – review the list of open appointments and the volunteer form. Deadline: January 20, 2014.

POLL: What does diversifying the archival record mean to you?

Most archivists agree that diversity in the archival record is important, but what exactly does that look like? SAA's Diversity Committee wants to know. Send us your thoughts. Ask your friends and colleagues. Pass the question on to your professional interest groups. Answers can be sent to with the subject line "Diversifying the Archival Record" or posted publicly here on or before November 8.

14 Earn Digital Archives Specialist Certificates

Congratulations to the fourteen newly minted Digital Archives Specialists (DAS). These archivists were the first to earn a DAS Certificate from SAA after completing required coursework within twenty-four months and passing comprehensive examinations in August 2013. Read more.

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