SAA is conducting a periodic inventory on Tuesday, April 1, through Thursday, April 3. Orders placed after 1:00 pm on Monday, March 31, will be fulfilled after the inventory is complete, starting Friday, April 4. We regret any inconvenience caused and thank you for your business.
MayDay — May 1 — is a time when archivists and other cultural heritage professionals take personal and professional responsibility for doing something--even if it's something simple--to help make a difference if an emergency occurs in their repositories. What did you do on MayDay? Send information about your MayDay activities or exercises to MayDay@archivists.org so that we may share it with others. Here are some examples sent to us describing group and repository participation in the past.
The SAA Publications Board is delighted to announce the next nineteen titles in the modular series Trends in Archives Practice, several of which will debut this summer. These brief (up to 20,000 words) authoritative treatments are being written and edited by established professionals and emerging leaders. Click here to take a peek at the upcoming titles.
The SAA Council approved on March 17 creation of a new Committee on Public Awareness to “provide strategic information and advice to the SAA Council to enhance SAA’s capacity to promote the value of archives and archivists to institutions, communities, and society.” Read more and volunteer here. Deadline: Tuesday, April 8.
SAA is in search of excellence and offers a variety of opportunities for professional recognition and financial assistance through the naming of Fellows, an awards competition, and scholarships. Nominate a deserving colleague – or yourself – by today (Feb. 28)! For details, http://www2.archivists.org/recognition.
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.
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.
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.
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.