“There is a global value in the archives that exist throughout the world and we need to be able to facilitate that in the digital era,” affirmed William Maher, SAA’s representative at the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights meeting, June 30 to July 4 in Geneva, Switzerland. Maher, a past president of SAA and current member of the Intellectual Property Working Group, was at WIPO detailing the specific archival needs for an international treaty supporting copyright exceptions and limitations. Check him out on this short video or read more.
July 9, 2014—The House subcommittee that oversees funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities today passed a bill that would fund NEH at just $138 million in 2015, its lowest level (in constant dollars) since 1972. The full Appropriations Committee will consider the bill in the coming week. Please contact your Member of Congress to urge her/him to oppose this proposed cut. The National Humanities Alliance’s “Online Action Center” connects you with your representative so that you can express your opinion on this critical issue. Take action now!
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The Society of American Archivists notes with deep concern the recent Congressional investigations regarding the loss of emails by the Internal Revenue Service and calls on the executive and legislative branches of the federal government to increase funding for NARA immediately to address the crisis in government recordkeeping highlighted by this loss. SAA believes that the accountability of the United States government to its citizens depends on the maintenance of accurate and complete records. Read the full response here.
Weren’t able to attend ARCHIVES*RECORDS: Ensuring Access? Or want to listen to your favorite sessions again? Now you can have access to all 2014 conference recorded sessions until August 2015. Listen to whatever sessions you choose whenever you’d like via your MP3 player, smartphone, or table. Or download them to a CD if you’d prefer. You’ll receive access notification via email, with link and passcode. (Note: Based on speaker preference, not all presentations were recorded. Check the session listing in the online program for an indication of those that were not recorded.) Purchase in the SAA Bookstore (Keyword: 2014 Conference)
SAA will honor the accomplishments and innovations of twenty-five outstanding individuals and organizations at the Joint Annual Meeting of CoSA, NAGARA, and SAA in Washington, DC, August 10–16, 2014. Award categories include outstanding contributions to the archives profession, advocacy and public awareness, writing and publishing excellence, and scholarships and travel awards. View the list of new Fellows and 2014 award recipients, and join SAA in congratulating them!
The new issue of The American Archivist (Spring/Summer 2014) makes a splash with eight probing research articles addressing a variety of topics. In “Who’s Ready to Surf the Next Wave? A Study of Perceived Challenges to Implementing New and Revised Standards for Archival Description,” Karen Gracy and Frank Lambert detail their work to determine archivists’ familiarity with standards and their readiness to adapt workflows and systems to the recent changes in standards. Also featured is Alex Poole’s Theodore Calvin Pease Award-winning article for 2013, “The Strange Career of Jim Crow Archives: Race, Space, and History in the Mid-Twentieth-Century American South,” which explores social justice and how archivists handled their responsibilities in a difficult political landscape. Check out these fascinating articles and more online! (The print edition will be mailed to members soon.)