Many thanks to those who volunteered to serve on COPA. The amazing response showed your high level of interest in this work. While all offers of service could not be accepted, watch for more opportunities to become involved in public awareness as SAA’s focus on this direction increases. Browse COPA’s roster and group description here.
SAA President Danna Bell submitted written testimony on May 6 to the District of Columbia Council in support of $44 million for a new DC Archives and Records Center—and the critical and ongoing need to budget for professional staff support. Read her testimony here.
Discussions by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Standing Committee on Copyright & Related Rights (SCCR) collapsed on May 3, 2014, after the European Union (EU) moved to block future discussion of exceptions to copyright laws that would aid libraries and archives in serving the public. Read more.
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 email@example.com. 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.