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"The Year of Living Dangerously for Archives" Challenge #2: Archives and the Human Face of War

SAA President Kathleen Roe launches Challenge #2, which focuses on ways to connect to the commemorations of Veterans Day on November 11, and Pearl Harbor Day on December 7. Take the opportunity to raise awareness of the importance and value of archives—this time by building on the existing interest in military conflicts and military service. Read more here.

Thanks for Your 2015 Session Proposals!

SAA members and friends of the archives profession submitted 142 education session proposals and 29 poster proposals for ARCHIVES 2015, the 79th Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archivists in Cleveland, Ohio August 16-22, 2015. The 2015 Program Committee members will begin their review of proposals during the week of October 20, and will meet in Chicago November 14-16 to determine the final selections. See the tentative proposal notification schedule here.

October Is American Archives Month!

Since 2006, American Archives Month has given the profession an opportunity to tell (or remind) people that items that are important to them are being preserved, cataloged, cared for, and made accessible by archivists. This year, American Archives Month is doubly significant: SAA President Kathleen Roe has kicked off the Year of Living Dangerously for Archives, encouraging archivists to take concerted actions to increase awareness of and advocate for archives. Her first call to action—Demonstrate the Values of Archives—echoes the efforts that many archivists and repositories are taking this October to celebrate American Archives Month.

To help you participate in American Archives Month and the Year of Living Dangerously for Archives, SAA has provided archivists with practical information and great ideas to help make your archives program more visible.  Plus, read how your colleagues across the country are celebrating, and tell us how you are commemorating the month. 

Fall into a New Outlook!

The September/October issue of Archival Outlook is now available online. Read about Colorado State University–Pueblo’s  efforts to connect with their local community and build the Colorado Chicano Movement Archives, learn how the Arizona State Archives carried out their Year of Living Essentially, and read about the National Archives at Philadelphia’s efforts to connect with local students. Plus, see our coverage of the 2014 CoSA/NAGARA/SAA Joint Annual Meeting. The print edition of Archival Outlook will be mailed to members shortly. 

DACS Change Proposal

The Technical Subcommittee on Describing Archives: A Content Standard (TS-DACS) has received a revision proposal related to DACS 2.3.3 and DACS 2.3.6. Please review the change proposal and let us know what you think about it. Feedback can be sent to gordon_daines@byu.edu and will be accepted through October 31, 2014. We look forward to hearing from the community.

August Foundation Board Meeting Minutes Adopted

Browse the minutes of the August 15 SAA Foundation Board meeting here.

ARL/SAA Mosaic Program Fellows Selected for 2014–2016

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 2014–2016 ARL/SAA Mosaic Program. Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), this program reflects the joint commitment of SAA and ARL to promote much-needed diversification of the archives and special collections professional workforce. Click here for details. 

August Council Meeting Minutes Adopted

Browse the minutes of the August 11-12 and 16 Council meetings here.

The Year of Living Dangerously for Archives

People seem to sense – almost instinctively – that archives are important. They come in droves to see the founding documents on display at the National Archives in Washington, DC. They comment on “how interesting” it must be to be an archivist. But they can’t quite put their fingers on why it all matters.... Let’s work together on changing that! Join SAA President Kathleen Roe in taking action to raise awareness of archives this fall.

"Ad Age" Says Archivists are “Marketer’s Dream”

September 3, 2014--Archives and archivists are front and center in a website piece posted today in Ad Age, the influential news source for the marketing and media communities. “Archivists at Coke, Wells Fargo, McDonald's Advocate for Marketers—and Themselves” describes how corporate archivists are a “marketer’s dream,” and leads off with a mention of SAA’s Business Archives Section meeting in August in Washington, DC. Click here to read all about it!

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