Best Practices for Volunteers is a set of suggested guidelines for archives institutions and organizations about the use of volunteers. It is a companion to Best Practices for Internships as a Component of Graduate Archival Education. The document was drafted by a subgroup of the SAA Council and distributed to selected component groups for initial comment from April 4 to 21, 2014. More than 50 comments were received, and the draft was revised. This revised draft is now available for public comment on SAA’s website.
To comment on this draft: Log in to post comments publicly to the website or send an email message containing your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for final comments on this revised draft is 5:00 pm Central time onMay 21, 2014.
SAA members can preorder a print copy of SAA’s latest title, Through the Archival Looking Glass: A Reader on Diversity and Inclusion, to receive $10 off the member price and free shipping. This inspiring title edited by Mary A. Caldera and Kathryn M. Neal features ten essays that explore themes related to diversity and stimulate further ideas so that we can come closer to a common understanding of what diversity and inclusion are and how they may be realized in archives and the archival profession. Promotion ends May 1.
Click here to 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 10-16, in Washington, D.C.
The SAA Council agreed in January to form two joint task forces with the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries: one to develop guidelines that will provide metrics, definitions, and best practices for quantifying the holdings of archival repositories and special collections libraries and the other to develop a new standard defining appropriate statistical measures and performance metrics to govern collection and analysis of statistical data for describing public services provided by archival repositories and special collections libraries. To read more and volunteer, click here. Deadline for applications: Tuesday, May 6.
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.
In a March 11 press release, the National Archives and Records Administration announced that the National Archives facility in Anchorage, Alaska, will close in 2014 and that facilities in Philadelphia and Fort Worth will be consolidated. Read SAA’s statement here.
April 3, 2014--House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan has proposed elimination of the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Endowment for the Humanities in the FY 15 federal budget. Contact your Member of Congress now to state your opposition to Ryan’s budget proposal. More…
SAA and ARL have extended the application deadline for the second cohort of the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program. This program promotes much-needed diversification of the archives and special collections professional workforce by providing financial support, practical work experience, mentoring, career placement assistance, and leadership development to emerging professionals from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups. An important objective of the program is to attract and retain individuals who demonstrate excellent potential for scholastic and personal achievement and who manifest a commitment both to the archives and special collections profession and to advancing diversity concerns within it. New deadline: April 16, 2014. Read more and complete the online application form at http://www.arl.org/leadership-recruitment/diversity-recruitment/arl-saa-mosaic-scholarship-program.
The latest issue of Archival Outlook gives tips on processing large collections, highlights SAA’s work to keep archives on the World Intellectual Property Organization’s agenda, describes how a controversial tombstone helped one archivist better explain why her school needs an archives, and more. Click here for the digital edition; the print edition will be mailed in April.