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SAA Responds to Loss of IRS Emails

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.

ARCHIVES * RECORDS 2014 Early Bird Rate Ends July 7!

ARCHIVES RECORDS 2014 is your best opportunity all year to Make CONNECTIONS, LEARN, and GET INSPIRED! Register today and save at least $110 off onsite registration rates.

ARCHIVES * RECORDS: Ensuring Access Conference Recordings on MP3

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)

2014 Fellows and Award Recipients

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!

New Issue of The American Archivist Available Now!

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.)

SAA Council Statement on A&A List

In response to a variety of concerns about the discourse on the Archives & Archivists discussion list, as well as recent technological difficulties in maintaining the A&A List due to high traffic, the SAA Council and staff are weighing options for the future of the listserv.  Read more 

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 saahq@archivists.org by June 22

Dive In to the May/June "Archival Outlook"

The latest issue of Archival Outlook explores TeachArchives.org, 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.

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