A committed team of volunteer organizers has arranged for several community service opportunities early in the Joint Annual Meeting. If you’re able to volunteer on Tuesday or Wednesday, click here for information about how you can help the City Park Archives, the Louisiana Historical Center, the Second Harvest Food Bank, the Lower Ninth Ward Project, or the St. Bernard Project. Deadline for volunteering: August 9.
Members of SAA’s Students and New Archives Professionals Roundtable (SNAP) have compiled a guide to assist first-time conference attendees in making their time at the Joint Annual Meeting as productive and stress-free as possible. Check here for tips on how to make connections, learn, and have fun!
Your New Orleans-area colleagues represent some of the most diverse and interesting repositories in the country – many of which are offering special behind-the-scenes access for ARCHIVES 2013 attendees on Tuesday, August 13, and Wednesday, August 14. View the current list of repository tours organized by our dynamic Host Committee here. To add a tour of your repository to the list, contact Carol Bartels, 2013 Host Committee chair (email@example.com).
Citing “much in your draft that resonates with our own [strategic plan],” SAA President Jackie Dooley’s letter to NARA in response to the agency’s draft strategic plan suggests reconsidering the proposed objective of digitizing all analog records, adding an objective to encourage external professional involvement by NARA employees, and adding a statement emphasizing “the importance of NHPRC in supporting the national archival community by enabling access by more people to more historical records.” Read SAA’s comments here.
Describing Archives: A Content Standard, Second Edition (DACS) is available both in print and PDF. 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 free PDF; the print edition is available for purchase in the SAA Bookstore.
There’s still time to save! The early-bird registration date has been extended until close of business on Wednesday, July 10. Register today for ARCHIVES 2013 and save at least $110 off onsite registration rates.
Voters chose Nacogdoches, Texas, resident Misty Hurley as the winner of this year's contest! Hurley's essay, which was submitted by the East Texas Research Center, details her study of the logbooks at the Carson-Monk Funeral Home in Nacogdoches, which, she discovered, contain much more than mere listings of individuals. Hurley's prize includes complimentary airfare to the Joint Annual Meeting in New Orleans this August. Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's contest!