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January/February Archival Outlook Now Available as a Digital Edition!

The latest issue of Archival Outlook explores the archival worth of tattoos, using oral history projects to promote undergraduate scholarship in the archives, and crafting an effective elevator speech. Members and the public can access the digital edition here. This new format allows readers to share individual articles or the issue via a variety of social media outlets, access text-only versions of articles by clicking on the headlines, zoom in on text for an optimal reading experience, and much more. Learn more about digital edition features here. The print edition will arrive in members’ mailboxes later this month.

ARL/SAA Mosaic Program Call for Applications—Deadline April 1, 2014

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and SAA are now accepting applications for the second cohort of the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program. This program promotes much-needed diversification of the archives and special collections professional workforce by providing financial support, practical work experience, mentoring, career placement assistance, and leadership development to emerging professionals from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups. An important objective of the program is to attract and retain individuals who demonstrate excellent potential for scholastic and personal achievement and who manifest a commitment both to the archives and special collections profession and to advancing diversity concerns within it. Read more here.

Conceptualizing 21st-Century Archives Now Available in Print and PDF!

In Conceptualizing 21st-Century Archives, author Anne J. Gilliland explores the shifts and divergences in archival discourse that technological developments have necessitated, facilitated, or inspired. Gilliland addresses the lessons the archival and recordkeeping fields can learn from their evolution about ideas tried and abandoned; which ideas are truly new, and which continue to hold good, regardless of technological shifts; and the ways in which archivists need to expand their thinking and practices to fulfill their global and local—“glocal”—roles. Gilliland ultimately constructs a picture of how archives arrived in the 21st century and suggests where they might be going in the foreseeable future. The print and PDF versions of this fascinating title are now available in the SAA Bookstore

SAA’s “Best Practices for Internships” Now Available

As one practical step in managing the complex, multi-faceted dilemma of the profession’s employment issues, the Council adopted "Best Practices for Internships as a Component of Graduate Archival Education," which provides basic guidance for graduate students, archival educators, and internship supervisors on the nature of work involved with internships, communication, evaluation, and compensation.  Currently being drafted is "Best Practices for Volunteers in Archives," which will undergo Standards Committee review and be put forward for Council adoption in May 2014.

In Other Actions, the SAA Council....

Click here for a summary of actions taken by the SAA Council at its January 23-26 meeting in Chicago.

33 Earn Digital Archives Specialist Certificates

Congratulations to the thirty-three new Digital Archives Specialists (DAS).  These archivists, who represent a variety of repositories from around the country, earned a DAS Certificate from SAA after completing required coursework within twenty-four months and passing comprehensive examinations in November. Click here to see who they are!

Voting Ends on Sunday

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.

Maher Reports on WIPO Copyright Deliberations

SAA Past President and IPWG member William Maher represented the views of American archivists as a permanent observer at the World Intellectual Property Organization's Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights meeting, December 16-20. Read his report and more here.

SAA Foundation Board to Hold Annual Meeting January 22-23

The SAA Foundation Board of Directors will meet in Chicago on January 22 and 23.  View the agenda and discussion materials here.

Congress Releases FY 14 Omnibus Spending Bill

January 14, 2014--The House and Senate Appropriations Committees have released an omnibus spending bill (HR 3547) that would fund the federal government through the rest of fiscal year 2014. The $1.012 trillion package is expected to pass the Congress by the end of this week. The National Coalition for History (NCH) has created a chart showing the budgets of all major federal agency programs affecting archives, history, and education. Note: These figures are not considered final until the legislation passes.

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