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Now Available: First Installment in SAA Sampler Series!

The SAA Sampler Series features collections of select chapters from authoritative books on archives published by SAA. SAA Sampler: Law & Ethics, compiled by Lisa A. Mix, includes a chapter each from Navigating Legal Issues in Archives (Menzi L. Behrnd-Klodt), The Ethical Archivist (Elena S. Danielson), and Privacy and Confidentiality Perspectives: Archivists and Archival Records (edited by Menzi L. Behrnd-Klodt and Peter Wosh). The chapters from these three books equip archivists to handle legal and ethical dilemmas as they arise by presenting practical information drawn from archivists’ real-life experiences. SAA Sampler: Law & Ethics is available for $9.99 for members ($14.99 list) in the PDF format; click here to order your copy.

New Student Chapter at University of Alabama

In addition to a 2013 BCS National Championship, the University of Alabama can now boast having an SAA Student Chapter! The chapter, which became official earlier this month, will serve as a means of introducing new archivists to the profession, as well as enhancing education by providing an additional venue for students to discuss archival issues and engage in professional activities. Thirty-five student chapters have been established since 1993.

SAA Comments on Georgia Archives Transfer

SAA co-signed a February 26 letter to the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia providing professional perspectives on the impending transfer of the Georgia Archives to the System: “The Georgia Archives should be placed in an administrative context in which it will receive the support and attention necessary to restore its mandated functions.” Read the letter from SAA, CoSA, and NAGARA here.

HIPAA Privacy Regulations Changed

The Department of Health and Human Services has issued major changes in the Health  Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Regulations, effective March 26. These changes include a significant modification in the definition of Protected Health Information: “…individually identifiable health information of a person who has been deceased for more than 50 years is not protected health information under the Privacy Rule.” Archivists with responsibility for records subject to HIPAA are urged to consult with legal counsel regarding the implications of the changes.  For more, see the Science, Technology, and Healthcare Roundtable’s website.

Discussion of Boston College/IRA Oral History Case

SAA’s Government Affairs Working Group has drafted a document summarizing a case in which Boston College had signed an agreement to house oral histories regarding the “Troubles in Ireland” that later were subpoenaed. Read this fascinating discussion – along with comments about "archival privilege."

New Bookstore Arrival: Archival Arrangement and Description

The first installment in SAA's new series, Trends in Archives Practice, is now available to order! Archival Arrangement and Description, edited with an introduction by Christopher J. Prom and Thomas J. Frusciano, features three modules: Standards for Archival Description, Processing Digital Records and Manuscripts, and Designing Descriptive and Access Systems. Click here to read more about this exciting addition to SAA's Bookstore and how you can order a copy. 

SAA Council Drafts New Strategic Goals, Adopts DACS Revision

The SAA Council at its January 23-26 meeting devoted nine hours to developing a high-level first draft of a five-year Strategic Plan for SAA.  Armed with member comments received in advance, the Council focused on identifying goals and strategies. A draft will be circulated to members for comment later this spring following additional refinement.  As the draft evolves, additional feedback will be sought—including at an Annual Meeting forum in August.  In other action, the Council adopted a revised version of Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS) prepared by the Standards Committee’s Technical Subcommittee on DACS.  Read more about the Council meeting here.

SAA Submits Orphan Works Comments to Copyright Office

January 29, 2013—SAA today submitted comprehensive comments to the Copyright Office in response to a notice of inquiry on “Orphan Works and Mass Digitization.”  Prepared by the Intellectual Property Working Group, the comments stress that “it is not possible to establish meaningful and uniform diligent search standards for all unpublished works.”  Read the full text of the comments here.

Vote Now! SAA Election Closes April 15

Eligible voters should click here to cast a ballot in SAA’s 2013 Election. But hurry—online voting closes April 15, 2013. Access to the eBallot system is authenticated via your SAA username and password. If you do not know your login, click here to retrieve it (your information will be sent to the email address you have on file in SAA's member database). To learn more about the candidates, click here. Your vote is your voice in your professional association!

Just In: January/February "Archival Outlook"

Need a reason to stay indoors? Curl up with the latest issue of Archival Outlook. Discover how one archives reached out to local Junior Girl Scouts, read up on the new Principles of Access to Archives, and learn how the Oregon State University Libraries launched an innovative program, the Tribal Archives Institute. Read it now online; the print edition will be mailed in early February.

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