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Click here for a summary of actions taken by the SAA Council at its January 23-26 meeting in Chicago.

33 Earn Digital Archives Specialist Certificates

Congratulations to the thirty-three new Digital Archives Specialists (DAS).  These archivists, who represent a variety of repositories from around the country, earned a DAS Certificate from SAA after completing required coursework within twenty-four months and passing comprehensive examinations in November. Click here to see who they are!

Voting Ends on Sunday

Click here to cast your ballot for SAA’s 2014 Election. Use your SAA username and password to login to the eBallot system. Eligible voters (i.e., individual members and primary contacts of institutional members) are able to access their ballots through Sunday, April 13.

Maher Reports on WIPO Copyright Deliberations

SAA Past President and IPWG member William Maher represented the views of American archivists as a permanent observer at the World Intellectual Property Organization's Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights meeting, December 16-20. Read his report and more here.

SAA Foundation Board to Hold Annual Meeting January 22-23

The SAA Foundation Board of Directors will meet in Chicago on January 22 and 23.  View the agenda and discussion materials here.

Congress Releases FY 14 Omnibus Spending Bill

January 14, 2014--The House and Senate Appropriations Committees have released an omnibus spending bill (HR 3547) that would fund the federal government through the rest of fiscal year 2014. The $1.012 trillion package is expected to pass the Congress by the end of this week. The National Coalition for History (NCH) has created a chart showing the budgets of all major federal agency programs affecting archives, history, and education. Note: These figures are not considered final until the legislation passes.

January Council Meeting Materials Now Available

The SAA Council will meet from Thursday, January 23, until Sunday, January 26, in Chicago. View the agenda and discussion materials here.

2013-2015 Mosaic Program Participants Named

SAA and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) announce the selection of five master of library and information science (MLIS) students with specialization in archives to participate in the 2013–2015 ARL/SAA Mosaic Program. Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), this collaborative diversity recruitment program reflects the joint commitment of SAA and ARL to address the need for professional staff in archives and special collections to better reflect the evolving demographics of students and faculty in those fields. Click here for details.

Diversifying the Archival Record: A Call for Case Studies

Incorporating the broad range of feedback received in its poll on diversifying the archival record, the SAA Diversity Committee has launched a Call for Case Studies that seeks examples of a diverse archival record. Submissions will be vetted and posted on the Diversity Committee’s website as a resource intended to advance many of the goals outlined in SAA’s Strategic Plan.

Read the details and find the submission form here. This is a resource that becomes more effective with more participation, so please circulate this Call among your colleagues and professional circles!

Maher Represents SAA at WIPO Copyright Deliberations

SAA Past President and IPWG member William Maher represented the views of American archivists as a permanent observer at the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights meeting, December 16-20. Attendees discussed an international treaty for library and archives exceptions for copyright, including provisions related to orphan works and making preservation copies. Maher noted that many of the national delegates are less familiar with the mission of archives than that of public libraries; his statement on SAA’s behalf helped to bridge that gap. (View his presentation and that of the International Council on Archives representative here, at 26:30 and 34:00.) For more information, click here.

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