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November Council Meeting Minutes Adopted

Browse the minutes of the November 9-12 Council meeting here.

New Issue of "The American Archivist" Available Now!

Stay warm and curl up with the latest The American Archivist (Fall/Winter 2014). In this issue, Ricardo L. Punzalan explores the challenges posed by dispersed photographic collections; John A. Fleckner discusses the professional contributions of his mentor, F. Gerald Ham; and Scott Cline continues his ongoing discussion of what it means to be an archivist. There are a dozen fascinating articles, including a special section featuring three articles exploring Twitter and archives, and reviews of six books dealing with a broad range of topics. The new issue is available online and will be mailed to members this month. 

Special Promo on New SAA Book

Rights in the Digital Era (formerly titled Rights and Digital Archives), the newest publication in SAA’s Trends in Archives Practice series, is due in early 2015. It provides a useful introduction to the law of copyright, privacy, publicity, and trademarks from an archival perspective. Prepublication special for SAA members only: $24.95 (includes print and e-copy). Click for more info or order form.

20 Percent Off Select SAA Print Titles Ends Today!

Happy Holidays from SAA! Through today, take 20 percent off select print titles from the SAA Bookstore. 

Share your favorite #ArchivesQuotes!

The “Year of Living Dangerously for Archives” Challenge #3 is simple: SAA President Kathleen Roe is asking you to share quotable statements about archives or the archives profession. Share your quotes via Twitter or Facebook using #ArchivesQuotes or submit them via email to saahq@archivists.org.  

ACTION ALERT: Support the Freedom of Information Improvement Act!

By December 1, 2014, urge your U.S. Senators to support the Leahy-Cornyn FOIA Improvement Act (S. 2520) and to bring it to a vote during this session of Congress.  Here’s how you can help.

SAA Council Refines Strategic Plan, Focuses on Diversity and Cultural Competency

Read about the Council’s November 9-11 discussions and decisions here. Minutes of the meeting will be available within 60 days.

This Veterans Day, share how the public can discover more about veterans by exploring your collections.

This Veterans Day and throughout the year, archivists around the country can help connect you with records, photographs, and information that can illuminate the lives and service of veterans. Our nation’s archives document not only the experiences of men and women engaged in combat far from home, but also the day-to-day struggles of their families and the impact of times of war on their communities. Read more.

Take Advantage of Learning about “Advocating for Archives” in One of the Workshops Scheduled December 8 or 9!

You value your profession, but aren’t sure how to make an impact in advocating for it? This workshop offered in support of SAA’s Strategic Goal 1: “Society values the vital role of archivists and archives” provides information on how to identify goals, develop and deliver a message, and implement methods for advocating for archives programs (including your own!) and archives issues. The instructor offers practical approaches, tangible models, and examples of materials needed to be an effective advocate. Read more at http://ow.ly/DKF2M

New Webinar: Forming Names According to RDA on December 4!

This new webinar will give an overview of the rules outlined in the Resource Description and Access (RDA) standard. You'll begin with a discussion of the benefits of authority work and authority structures, including available resources such as the Library of Congress Authorities and the Union List of Artists Names. Then we'll cover the construction of names for persons, corporate bodies, and families in detail and reference the specific rules as found in RDA. Learn more and register. 

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