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NEH Budget in Peril: Take Action Now!

July 26, 2013-The House Appropriations Committee’s Interior and Environment Subcommittee adopted a bill this week that slashes the National Endowment for the Humanities’ FY 14 funding by 49% ($71 million) from the current level of $146 million. The Smithsonian Institution is funded at $660 million in the bill, a cut of $155 million (19%) from FY 13. Click here to send a message urging your Representative to oppose these devastating cuts.

Senate Subcommittee Passes $5 Million in Funding for NHPRC

July 23, 2013—The Senate Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee has just passed an FY14 funding bill that provides $5 million for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The full Appropriations Committee will mark up the bill on July 25. Many thanks to those who urged the FS&GG to provide level funding at $4.75 million. Your contacts made a difference—and then some!

NHPRC Funding Alert: Contact Your Senator Today!

On July 23 the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government will mark up a FY 2014 spending bill that provides funding for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. It is vitally important that archivists – you! – contact Senate Appropriations Committee members today to request that they provide level funding ($4.75 million) for NHPRC in FY14. Read more about how to help and SAA’s letters to the Subcommittee Chair and Ranking Member here.

ARCHIVES 2013 Convention Recordings at Pre-Meeting Discount

Extend your learning even after the conference ends! Now you can purchase a CD-ROM of all ARCHIVES 2013 education and plenary sessions for just $99 - if you order by August 7.

Mosaic Program Call for Applications (Deadline: August 23, 2013)

ARL and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) are now accepting applications for the first 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 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.

ARCHIVES * RECORDS 2014 Call for Proposals: Deadline Extended to Oct. 7

As CoSA, NAGARA, and SAA join forces in Washington, DC, August 10 – 16, 2014, for our third Joint Annual Meeting, we encourage – and challenge! – you to propose sessions that will inspire and engage your professional colleagues.  We’ve added several new session types and increased the opportunity for broader and more involved participation. Read the full call here. The deadline for proposals has been extended to midnight on Monday, October 7. Proposals received after that time cannot be considered. 

Call for Pre-conference Proposals: ARCHIVES * RECORDS: Ensuring Access (2014 Joint Annual Meeting)

The Committee on Education invites submission of proposals for half-day, one-day, or two-day DAS courses or other workshops and seminars throughout the year. Proposals that are accepted may be offered at various locations around the country, including pre-conference workshops at the CoSA/NAGARA/SAA Joint Annual Meeting. Read the full call here. Submission deadline: October 15. 

Summer Reads: July/August "Archival Outlook"

In this issue of Archival Outlook, learn about a mass digitization project uniting collections related to the history of genetics, discover how to effectively advocate through institutional alignment, read about New Orleans’s eclectic cuisine, and much more. The PDF is available here; the print issue will be mailed in early August.

Comment Now on Draft Strategic Plan Actions

Based on the Goals and Strategies adopted by the Council in May 2013 and member comments received throughout the Strategic Plan review process to date, the Council has drafted proposed Actions to move the organization toward achievement of its Goals. The Council welcomes member comment on the proposed Actions through July 30, 2013, as well as in person at an Open Forum on the Strategic Plan to be held at the Joint Annual Meeting in New Orleans on Thursday, August 15, from noon to 1:15 pm. Read more here.

Give Back While in New Orleans!

A committed team of volunteer organizers has arranged for several community service opportunities early in the Joint Annual Meeting. If you’re able to volunteer on Tuesday or Wednesday, click here for information about how you can help the City Park Archives, the Louisiana Historical Center, the Second Harvest Food Bank, the Lower Ninth Ward Project, or the St. Bernard Project.  Deadline for volunteering: August 9.

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