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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.

2014 Election Results

SAA’s 2014 ballot featured 14 candidates vying for three offices: Vice President/President-Elect, Council, and Nominating Committee. The winners are...

Pre-publication Special: Through the Archival Looking Glass: A Reader on Diversity and Inclusion

SAA members can preorder a print copy of SAA’s latest title, Through the Archival Looking Glass: A Reader on Diversity and Inclusion, to receive $10 off the member price and free shipping. This inspiring title edited by Mary A. Caldera and Kathryn M. Neal features ten essays that explore themes related to diversity and stimulate further ideas so that we can come closer to a common understanding of what diversity and inclusion are and how they may be realized in archives and the archival profession. Promotion ends May 1. 

Plan Now to Attend ARCHIVES * RECORDS 2014

Click here to view the online program, download a PDF of the Preliminary Program, make your hotel reservations, access the Host Committee blog, and register for the Joint Annual Meeting, August 10-16, in Washington, D.C.

Call for Volunteers: Two SAA-ACRL/RBMS Task Forces

The SAA Council agreed in January to form two joint task forces with the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries:  one to develop guidelines that will provide metrics, definitions, and best practices for quantifying the holdings of archival repositories and special collections libraries and the other to develop a new standard defining appropriate statistical measures and performance metrics to govern collection and analysis of statistical data for describing public services provided by archival repositories and special collections libraries.  To read more and volunteer, click hereDeadline for applications:  Tuesday, May 6.

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