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Thanks for Your Conference Proposals!

SAA members and friends of the archives and records management professions submitted 141 education session and poster proposals for ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2016, the Joint Annual Meeting of the Council of State Archivists and SAA in Atlanta, July 31 – August 6. The 2016 Program Committee members have begun their review of proposals and will meet in Chicago January 14-16 to determine the final selections. Proposers will be notified of the Committee’s decisions in late January.

Vote Now: Referendum on Member Dues Increase Closes Friday, December 11

The SAA Council, which bears fiduciary responsibility for the organization, believes that implementation of a modest dues increase effective July 2016 is critical to SAA’s ongoing financial stability. See the Council’s recommendation here. Voting will close on Friday, December 11, at midnight (Central time).

Here's Your Chance! Call for Volunteers to Serve on SAA-Appointed Groups

SAA Vice President/President-Elect Nancy McGovern is now soliciting volunteers to serve on SAA appointed groups beginning in August 2016. 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, 2016.

Council to Meet November 8-10

The SAA Council will meet in Chicago November 8-10 to discuss a variety of issues, including a dues increase proposal that has been revised based on member feedback received during and after the Annual Business Meeting in August. See the full agenda and materials here.

Friday is Deadline for Archives Short Fiction Contest

When you work in archives, you collect many stories from the past—some touching, some hilarious, some unbelievable but true. With the first-ever Archives Short Fiction Contest, the SAA Publications Board invites you to try your hand at creating the story, using archives as the main character. The contest is open to all SAA members, but hurry up because submissions are due October 30!

Evaluation Survey Results for ARCHIVES 2015

Thanks for your feedback! Over 700 people responded to the evaluation survey for ARCHIVES 2015. Read the report.

New DAS Webinar Format Begins Streaming November 16

To comprehensively represent records created in the twenty-first century, select websites and other web-based resources should be captured, stored, managed, described, and made accessible as appropriate. Content available primarily or solely online is among the most at-risk born-digital materials. Materials on the web tend to be ephemeral and subject to loss for reasons ranging from intentional removal to a website redesign, which can result in broken links and/or significant alteration of the look and feel of the site. This course introduces the core concepts of web archiving and provides a firm foundation for further expansion of skill sets. [Read more]

Intellectual Property Working Group Seeks Intern

SAA’s Intellectual Property Working Group (IPWG) seeks an intern to support its advocacy work by providing research and other assistance. The intern will serve as a non-voting member for a term that ends in August 2016. Read more here.

Fall into a Colorful New Outlook!

The September/October Archival Outlook goes four-color in its coverage of the ARCHIVES 2015 conference. Plus, get tips on web archiving with limited resources, learn about a digital humanities project using community cookbooks as well as how three student assistants at Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives kindled interest in material relating to student protests in the 1960s. Click here to read about all that and more! The print edition will be mailed later in October.

#AskAnArchivist Day: A Tweet Success!

Thank you to all who helped make #AskAnArchivist Day a success! Participants generated more than 7,500 tweets and #AskAnArchivist was a trending topic in the United States. The day gave the public the chance to learn more about archives and the profession, and gave archivists an opportunity to describe what they do and why it's important. Stay tuned for more details; until then, search Twitter for #AskAnArchivist to see the many conversations that took place. Let's continue promoting the good work of archivists throughout American Archives Month! 

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