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Share your favorite #ArchivesQuotes!

The “Year of Living Dangerously for Archives” Challenge #3 is simple: SAA President Kathleen Roe is asking you to share quotable statements about archives or the archives profession. Share your quotes via Twitter or Facebook using #ArchivesQuotes or submit them via email to  

ACTION ALERT: Support the Freedom of Information Improvement Act!

By December 1, 2014, urge your U.S. Senators to support the Leahy-Cornyn FOIA Improvement Act (S. 2520) and to bring it to a vote during this session of Congress.  Here’s how you can help.

Plan Now to Exhibit at ARCHIVES 2015

In August 2015, Cleveland will become the ARCHIVES capital of the world! You’ll have access to the year’s largest audience of archives, records, and information professionals who are eager to learn about your products and services, ask questions, and provide their perspectives. The ARCHIVES 2015 Expo brings together—in one place and at one time—the purchasing decision makers at the national, state, and local levels. Take advantage of their great ideas—and share a few of your own! Take advantage of their great ideas—and share a few of your own! Purchase your booth today!

SAA Council Refines Strategic Plan, Focuses on Diversity and Cultural Competency

Read about the Council’s November 9-11 discussions and decisions here. Minutes of the meeting will be available within 60 days.

Vote Now! The 2015 Election Closes April 13

Eligible voters can access their ballots for the 2015 SAA election between March 13 and April 13. Click here for more info.

This Veterans Day, share how the public can discover more about veterans by exploring your collections.

This Veterans Day and throughout the year, archivists around the country can help connect you with records, photographs, and information that can illuminate the lives and service of veterans. Our nation’s archives document not only the experiences of men and women engaged in combat far from home, but also the day-to-day struggles of their families and the impact of times of war on their communities. Read more.

Take Advantage of Learning about “Advocating for Archives” in One of the Workshops Scheduled December 8 or 9!

You value your profession, but aren’t sure how to make an impact in advocating for it? This workshop offered in support of SAA’s Strategic Goal 1: “Society values the vital role of archivists and archives” provides information on how to identify goals, develop and deliver a message, and implement methods for advocating for archives programs (including your own!) and archives issues. The instructor offers practical approaches, tangible models, and examples of materials needed to be an effective advocate. Read more at

New Webinar: Forming Names According to RDA on December 4!

This new webinar will give an overview of the rules outlined in the Resource Description and Access (RDA) standard. You'll begin with a discussion of the benefits of authority work and authority structures, including available resources such as the Library of Congress Authorities and the Union List of Artists Names. Then we'll cover the construction of names for persons, corporate bodies, and families in detail and reference the specific rules as found in RDA. Learn more and register. 

Call for 2015 Student Paper and Poster Presentations

The 2015 Student Program Subcommittee is accepting proposals for two special sessions—a paper session and a poster session—dedicated to student scholarship during the Annual Meeting in Cleveland, August 16–22, 2015. Work from both master’s and doctoral students will be considered. Proposals are due February 2, 2015. Read more and submit your proposal here.

#AskAnArchivist Day a Tweet Success!!!

With thousands of Tweets and hundreds of participants, the first-ever #AskAnArchivist Day exceeded expectations. “It was an incredible event to watch unfold on Twitter—from some early tentative questions and answers to a full-blown, pulsating flow of information and excitement by mid-morning and carrying on through the afternoon,” said SAA President Kathleen Roe. SAA’s Committee on Public Awareness,  which sponsored the event, extends a hearty thank you to all who made it a success through their promotion and participation. More details to come and, best of all, the next #AskAnArchivist Day to plan!

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