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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

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. 

#AskAnArchivist Day a Tweet Success!!!

With thousands of Tweets and hundreds of participants, the first-ever #AskAnArchivist Day exceeded expectations. “It was an incredible event to watch unfold on Twitter—from some early tentative questions and answers to a full-blown, pulsating flow of information and excitement by mid-morning and carrying on through the afternoon,” said SAA President Kathleen Roe. SAA’s Committee on Public Awareness,  which sponsored the event, extends a hearty thank you to all who made it a success through their promotion and participation. More details to come and, best of all, the next #AskAnArchivist Day to plan!

November Council Meeting Materials Now Available

The SAA Council will meet from Sunday, November 9, through Wednesday, November 12, in Chicago. View the agenda and discussion materials here.

Attend the new DAS webinar, Archival Collections Management Systems, November 4!

Don’t miss your chance to ask questions during this live presentation! If you are considering implementing an archival collections management system (ACMS) such as ArchivesSpace or Collective Access; or, if you are overwhelmed by the process of selecting the right tool for your institution, this web seminar will take you through the process of evaluating and selecting a content management system.

Get Involved! A Call to Service in SAA

SAA Vice President/President-Elect Dennis Meissner is now soliciting volunteers to serve on SAA appointed groups beginning in August 2015. If you’re interested in contributing to SAA’s growth—and developing professionally yourself!—review the list of open appointments and the volunteer formDeadline: January 20, 2015.

It's a Three-Peat! Announcing SAA's Archival Fundamentals Series III

The SAA Publications Board has started work on the third installment of the Archival Fundamentals Series (AFS), including assembling a stellar cast of authors. AFS III, like its predecessors, will continue to represent our intellectual capital as found in our history, current activities, and member contributions to the profession. [Read more]

"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.

Proposal Notification Schedule (Tentative)

The 2015 Call for Proposals has been closed for a month, and you are probably wondering when you will hear about the status of your proposal. Check out this year's notification schedule here.

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