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Call for Nominations for 2015 Ballot

SAA’s 2015 Nominating Committee needs your help identifying potential candidates for the 2015 ballot! One of the best ways to have a voice in this process is to take an active role in nominating yourself, or a colleague, using the Nomination Form. All nominations are due by June 15. Read more.

Call for Member Comment on Draft SAA Code of Conduct

At its May 22-24 meeting, the SAA Council discussed a draft "code of conduct" for SAA meetings and online spaces. From the discussion paper:  "The ability of SAA members to participate fully in the various events hosted by SAA is a key component in the Society’s diversity and inclusion efforts." To submit comments on the draft "SAA Code of Conduct," log in and post publicly to the website or send an email to by June 22

Dive In to the May/June "Archival Outlook"

The latest issue of Archival Outlook explores, a new educational resource offering best practices and in-archives exercises; looks back at the University of Texas at Austin Student Chapter’s inspiring twenty-year history; and invites your help in developing the Dictionary of Archives Terminology. The print issue will be mailed to members shortly.

In Other Actions, the SAA Council....

Click here for a summary of actions taken by the SAA Council at its May 22-24 meeting in Chicago.

Updated Standards for Digital Archives Webinar

SAA will be offering a ninety-minute Standards for Digital Archives webinar on June 5. This updated webinar is one of the Foundational Courses in the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) Curriculum and Certificate program; students who wish to receive a DAS Certificate must pass the examination for this course. Covering a range of national and international approaches, this course explains how standards are created and the different standards-creating bodies, identifies the different standards-supporting digital archiving functions, and applies standards to basic digital archiving functions. The course is an effective stepping stone to further courses that focus on specific standards for particular functions and the applications of those standards. Visit the SAA website to register for this webinar.

Appointments Made to Committee on Public Awareness

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.

Bell Submits Testimony on DC Archives

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 of Copyright Extensions Collapse at WIPO Meeting

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.

May Council Meeting Materials Now Available

The SAA Council will meet from Thursday, May 22, until Saturday, May 24, in Chicago. View the agenda and discussion materials here.

Call for Member Comment: Best Practices for Volunteers

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 The deadline for final comments on this revised draft is 5:00 pm Central time on May 21, 2014.

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