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Tell SAA How You Celebrated MayDay!

MayDay -- May 1 -- is a time when archivists and other cultural heritage professionals take personal and professional responsibility for doing something simple to help make a difference if an emergency occurs.  Now we'd like to hear what you are planning to do on May 1!  Please send information to so that we may share it with others. If you or your repository conducts regular MayDay exercises, please send a note to the same address. Here are some examples sent to us describing group and repository participation in the past.

Thanks for Your Feedback!

The first call for comments on SAA's draft Goals and Strategies for 2013-2018 is now closed. Thanks to all for your careful consideration and creative ideas. The draft plan will remain online with comments enabled here, and the Council will consider at its May 15-17 meeting all comments received by Tuesday, April 23. There will be another opportunity to comment on a draft following that meeting and at a Forum to be held at the Joint Annual Meeting in New Orleans on Thursday, August 15.

SAA Supports Call for Security Classification Reform Group

Joining with coalition partners, SAA has signed on to a letter to President Obama calling for establishment of an active steering committee that is “given a clear mandate to reduce the size and scope of the national security classification system” to enable greater public access.

Plan Now to Attend ARCHIVES 2013

Click here to Make CONNECTIONS. LEARN. And Get INSPIRED. View the online program, download a PDF of the Preliminary Program, make your hotel reservations, access the Host Committee blog, and register for the Joint Annual Meeting, August 11 – 17 in New Orleans.

SAA and ARL Awarded IMLS Grant for Diversity Program

SAA and the Association of Research Libraries have been awarded a $487,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to develop a diversity recruitment program extending SAA’s Mosaic Scholarship program. The two organizations will collaborate to provide 15 master’s students in archival science or special collections librarianship with financial support, paid internships in libraries and archives, mentoring relationships, leadership development, and career placement assistance. Read more here.

Comment on SAA's Draft Goals and Strategies!

The SAA Council welcomes comments on the Vision and Mission statements, Goals, and Strategies that it has drafted for SAA’s Strategic Plan 2013–2018.  Does the draft plan reflect what you see as SAA’s highest priorities?  Do you have other ideas for goals and strategies to meet future needs? View the draft plan hereComment by Tuesday, April 23.

Tell Your Story Demonstrating "The Value of Archives"

April 9, 2013--A joint working group of CoSA, NAGARA, and SAA is collecting “stories” demonstrating the importance and value of archives for use in advocating for archives.  They need your help!  Read more here.

Communications Task Force Seeks Member Comments

SAA’s Communications Task Force has drafted nine preliminary recommendations for enhancing the Society’s communication strategies. Read them and comment here. And you can help the Task Force assess members’ use and expectations of print, online, and social media communication channels by taking a brief (4-minute!) survey hereDeadline: May 4.

Preservation Week, April 21-27, 2013


ALA’s Preservation Week 2013 focuses on issues that military personnel, their families, and their friends encounter when they want to save, document, or record their family's military experience. The website includes SAA Oral History Section Chair Jen Eidson’s ideas for preserving family memories with oral history interviews, as well as additional resources to assist librarians (and archivists!) who work with military families and veterans. SAA is a Preservation Week founding partner.

Pick the Best I Found It In The Archives! Entry

The five contestants in this year’s I Found It In The Archives! national competition learned firsthand that archives hold unlimited and fascinating possibilities. Read their stories of discovery here and pick your favorite. But don’t stop there. The I Found It! campaign is all about using social media to spread the word about the contest—and, in the process, exposing as many people as possible to the fascinating stories of discovery shared by the contestants. Encourage others to vote through social media, and don’t forget to use #FoundArch in your posts. Voting ends May 15. The winner of the national competition will be announced in June and will win a trip to the SAA/CoSA Joint Annual Meeting in New Orleans this August.

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