Appendix A. Selected List of Current SAA Policies and Procedures
- Guidelines for Preparation of Briefing Papers on Proposed Constitutional and Bylaws Amendments
- Investment Policy
- SAA Liaisons with Other Professional Groups
- Policy on Choosing Annual Meeting Sites
- Guidelines and Procedures for SAA Fundraising and Grant Proposals
- Equal Opportunity/Non-Discrimination Policy
- Policies Regarding Function Space and SAA Staff Support for Groups that Meet at the SAA Annual Meeting
- Childcare Services for Registrants at SAA Annual Meetings
- Guidelines for the Establishment of Listservs by Organizational Units of the Society of American Archivists
- Annual Taping Policy
- SAA Fundraising Policy
- Liquor Liability Policy
- SAA Policy on Unit Directories
- Uniform Guidelines for SAA Websites and Online Communications
- Guidelines for the Manager of the Archives and Archivists Electronic List
- Guidelines for Use of the SAA Logo
Amendments to an organization’s constitution and bylaws have a significant potential to alter the organization’s strategic course. Informed decision making by an assembly is important in all matters, but particularly when considering revisions to charter documents. Therefore, Section 11 of SAA’s Bylaws charges the Executive Committee to “review and approve a briefing paper, prepared by the proposer(s) and/or by the Executive Director in accordance with Council guidelines, which shall be presented with the motion(s) at the business meeting or at a special meeting called by the Council.” The purpose of such briefing papers is to assist voting members in understanding the background, rationale, and ramifications of proposed amendments. Briefing papers should present a balanced view of the issue(s) under consideration.
Briefing papers on proposed constitutional and bylaws amendments will be attached as exhibits to a motion and will contain supplementary information that facilitates informed deliberation and decision-making.
Authors: The proposer(s) are encouraged to submit a draft briefing paper upon filing a motion with the Executive Director. The executive office will provide information and other assistance as needed, provided that the requisite number of eligible voting members, as specified in the Constitution, have signed on to the motion. If a briefing paper is not submitted or if the briefing paper is incomplete, the Executive Committee will charge the Executive Director to prepare one, in whole or in part. In doing so, the Executive Director will make reasonable efforts to solicit and incorporate input from the proposer(s), who will be entitled to review and submit comments to inform the Executive Committee’s review.
Content: The briefing paper should contain the following sections:
- Motion: The main motion is the means by which a substantive proposal may be presented to the members for consideration and action. It should be concise, clear, and stated in the affirmative. In the case of constitutional and bylaws amendments, the motion typically is phrased, “THAT the SAA Constitution/Bylaws be amended as follows,” followed by the verbatim language of the revisions, marked with strikethroughs for deletions and underlining for additions.
- Support Statement: A summary of the findings presented in the Discussion/Analysis section. The support statement briefly articulates the rationale for the motion. Generally the Support Statement “travels with” the adopted motion in minutes and elsewhere and serves to explain the rationale for the action taken.
- Proposed By: The names of the proposer and seconder. In the case of an amendment proposed by a group of members, primary and secondary contacts should be identified to enable communication among the proposers, the Executive Committee, and the Executive Director. A complete list of petitioners may be attached as an appendix.
- Background: A brief description of prior events and/or discussions that helps explain why the motion is being presented. What problem will it solve? What issue will it resolve?
- Discussion/Analysis: A detailed discussion/analysis that presents a fair and balanced review of the “pros” and “cons” of adoption of the motion. If applicable, some or all of the following questions should be addressed:
- Is the proposal consistent with SAA’s strategic objectives, as articulated in Article II of the Constitution?
- Is the proposal consistent with SAA’s legal and financial interests?
- Does the proposal benefit SAA’s members as a whole?
- Does the proposal correct an error or omission or add clarification to existing policies?
Criteria for Review: The Executive Committee will assess the briefing paper on its clarity and capacity to inform voter deliberation and will provide feedback to the proposer and/or Executive Director.
Approved by the SAA Council: January 2012.
In 2001, the Society of American Archivists’ independent auditors pointed out the need for a formal investment policy. Both legally and ethically, the SAA Council must provide prudent oversight of the Society’s investments. This written investment policy is intended to address those concerns, and its existence will help protect SAA from liability should the Society’s investments be mismanaged. The guidelines provided in the initial investment policy included the following:
- Maintain adequate working funds to satisfy fluctuating needs for cash during the year;
- Provide access to funds to help cover a possible budget deficit in any given year;
- Provide for real growth of capital: cover inflation rate plus modest increase in capital;
- Preserve the principal; place an amount equivalent to any federal grant funds in insured funds; and
- Seek as high a level of current income as is prudent.
The SAA Council is responsible for the fiduciary management of the Society. The following investment objectives and directions are to be judged and understood in light of that overall sense of stewardship.
The SAA Council has delegated supervisory authority over its financial affairs to the Society's Finance Committee. Among its several tasks, the Finance Committee is responsible for reporting regularly to the Council on the status of SAA's investments. In carrying out its responsibilities, the Finance Committee and its agents will act in accordance with this Investment Policy and all applicable laws and regulations. The SAA Council reserves to itself the exclusive right to revise the Policy.
The SAA Council and its Finance Committee are authorized to retain one or more Financial Consultant(s) to assume the investment management of funds and assets owned or administered by SAA. In discharging this authority, the Finance Committee can act in the place of Council and may receive reports from, pay compensation to, and enter into agreements with such Financial Consultant(s). The Council may also grant exceptions to the Investment Policy when appropriate. The Finance Committee will maintain regular contact with teh Financial Consultant(s) and any investment brokers primarily through the Director of Finance and Administration, the Executive Director, or the Treasurer, all of whom are members of the Committee.
The SAA Council has established the Finance Committee to, among other responsibilities, provide oversight of SAA’s investment program, including reviewing specific quantified income needs that are adequate to cover projected fund expenses, investment administrative fees, management performance, a three-year review schedule for the SAA Investment Policy and program, and all other areas that are related and appropriate to SAA investments. The Finance Committee will receive copies of all periodic financial reports. (See Finance Committee.)
The Society’s primary investment objective is to earn a positive total return on its investments that meets or exceeds the S&P 500. The computed total return considers dividends, interest, and realized and unrealized capital gains and it factors in capital losses and investment expenses. The Investment Policy and portfolio is reviewed by the Finance Committee and Financial Consultant(s) every three years to ensure its compliance with SAA's risk tolerance, liquidity needs, and investment objectives. This review cycle will begin in FY 2010.
To accomplish the Society's investment objectives, the Financial Consultant(s) are authorized to utilize portfolios of equity securities (common stocks and convertible securities), fixed-income securities, and short-term (cash) investments. As a guide to accomplishing these objectives, the Financial Consultants shall remain within the following ranges:
Operating Expenses: SAA's operating funds will be managed for liquidity and preservation of principle. No more than 50% of SAA's operating funds are to be invested in fixed-income securities (such as U.S. and corporate funds or prime rate funds), with the remaining funds kept in cash and equivalents (such as money market funds and CDs).
Long-Term Investments: SAA's endowment and reserve funds (including the Awards Funds, Endowment Funds, Publications Funds and Deferred Income Fund) are to be managed with a longer time horizon in mind (between three to five years). Thus, 40% to 60% of these funds should be invested in equity securities (such as stocks or stock mutual funds), 25% to 50% should be invested in fixed-income securities or bond mutual funds, and 5% to 20% should be invested in cash and equivalents.
The Finance Committee can modify these ranges from time to time with the Council's approval. The actual investment targets shall be set within those limits by the Financial Consultant(s) in conjunction with SAA's designated financial officer.
Common stocks: The Financial Consultant(s) responsible for managing the funds for SAA's endowed and reserve funds may invest in any unrestricted, publicly traded common stock that is listed on a major exchange or a national, over-the-counter market that is appropriate for the portfolio objectives, asset class, and/or investment style defined in this policy. This investment can be in the form of direct investment in the stock market, or indirect investment via mutual funds. Mutual funds should be considered where they offer additional portfolio diversification; lower purchase, maintenance, and sale costs; and good potential gain.
Convertible preferred stock and convertible bonds: The Financial Consultant(s) may use convertible preferred stocks and bonds as equity investments. The quality rating of convertible preferred stock and convertible bonds generally should be BBB or better (as rated by Standard & Poor's) or Baa or better (as rated by Moody's). The common stock into which both may be converted must satisfy the standard specified for common stocks.
Fixed-income securities: The quality rating of bonds and notes must be investment grade (BBB or better, as rated by Standard & Poor's or Moody's). Bonds and notes within a bond mutual fund must, on average, be investment grade (BBB or better, as rated by Standard & Poor's or Moody's). The portfolio may consist of only traditional principal and interest obligations (no derivatives) with maturities of seven years or less, or bond funds with average maturities of seven years or less.
Prime rate funds: Any investments in prime rate funds should include a 90-day liquidity.
Cash/cash equivalents: The quality rating of commercial paper must be A-1 (as rated by Standard & Poor's), P-1 (as rated by Moody's), or better. The assets of any money market mutual funds must comply with this standard and/or the quality provisions for fixed-income securities.
As a general policy, the Financial Consultant(s) will maintain a reasonable diversification at all times. The Financial Consultant(s) responsible for long-term investments may not allow the investments in the equity securities of any one company to exceed 5% of the portfolio nor the total securities position (debt and equity) in any one company to exceed 10% of the portfolio. The Financial Consultant(s) shall also maintain reasonable sector allocations and diversification. In that regard, no more than 25% of the entire portfolio may be invested in the securities of any one sector.
Custody and Securities Brokerage
The Finance Committee will establish such custodial and brokerage relationships as are necessary for the efficient management of the Society's funds. Whenever the Finance Committee has not designated a brokerage relationship, then the Financial Consultants shall execute transactions wherever they can obtain best price and execution.
All purchases of securities will be for cash and there will be no margin transactions, short selling, or commodity transactions.
Monthly: The Financial Consultant(s) will provide the Finance Committee with a monthly written statement containing all pertinent transaction details for SAA's investment portfolio, including:
- The name and quantity of each security purchased or sold, with the price and transaction date;
- An analysis for each security of its description, percentage of total portfolio, purchase date, quantity, average cost basis, current market value, unrealized gain or loss, and indicated annual income and yield (%) at market; and
- An analysis for the entire portfolio of the current asset allocation by investment category (equities, fixed-income securities, and cash reserves).
Periodically: The Financial Consultants shall provide the Finance Committee with detailed information about (1) asset allocation, (2) investment performance, (3) future investment strategies, and (4) any other matters of interest to the finance Committee.
Annually: The Financial Consultant(s) shall provide to the SAA Council an annual summary of all transactions in each fiscal year, together with a report of investment performance for the year and a "snapshot" listing of current investments.
Cash Flow Requirements
SAA will be responsible for advising the Financial Consultant(s) in a timely manner of the Society's cash distribution requirements from any managed account. The Financial Consultant(s) are responsible for providing adequate liquidity to meet SAA's cash flow requirements in accordance with Council's policy.
Adopted by the SAA Council: August 2002; revised August 10, 2009
The Society of American Archivists receives requests to appoint Society members to act as liaisons with other organizations in the information science and research professions. In the interest of clarifying the roles of SAA members in this connection, the SAA Council makes the following statement:
- SAA expects that its members will participate in the affairs of other organizations. The continuing professional development of archivists depends in part on their willingness to participate in the work of other groups which relate to the larger archival mission beyond the particular interests of individual repositories.
- SAA will appoint formal representatives to a limited number of bodies outside the Society, as specified in Section XI of the Council Handbook. Council expresses its philosophy that, while a certain number of formal representatives are appropriate, the number of formal relationships ought to be limited to those which are strictly necessary. At its discretion, the SAA Council shall establish additional representatives in specific cases.
- Any formal commitments to work on particular projects or ongoing programs with other organizations must be made by the officers and Council. The establishment of less formal liaisons for informational purposes, however, is encouraged.
- SAA members participate in the activities of other professional organizations as individuals. As such, they do not represent the Society in any way and cannot commit the Society to projects or other specific activities. Their participation is largely for informational purposes, keeping other groups aware of SAA activities and vice versa. Any formal commitments to work on particular projects or ongoing programs with other organizations must be made by the officers and Council.
- SAA members participating in the work of other groups should inform the Society of their activities through the officers, the appropriate Council committee, and/or the appropriate committee, section, or roundtable of the Society.
Adopted by SAA Council: February 1991
Planning SAA Annual Meetings is a year-round process. At any one time, five or six annual meetings are in various stages of development.
Recognizing the importance of a successful Annual Meeting to the Society, Council has established the following guidelines to assist the staff in identifying potential host cities and hotels:
Geography is a principle factor in choosing potential cities. With a national membership, it is important for SAA to move systematically around the country, from region to region.
A city needs to have these characteristics in order to host an SAA Annual Meeting:
- at least one major hotel with sufficient meeting space and sleeping rooms to accommodate member expectations for an Annual Meeting, preferably in a downtown location;
- a variety of cultural, educational, and recreational opportunities for archivists; and
- a sufficient number of SAA members to serve on the Host Committee.
To maintain consistency on scheduling, the Annual Meeting will take place during the month of September, avoiding Jewish holidays, but setting the exact dates in order to secure the most favorable hotel rates and airfares.
The Society will attempt to schedule its Annual Meetings at least five years ahead for its own planning and to avoid conflicts with other associations that meet in the fall.
Within general guidelines, the staff is allowed great flexibility in negotiating with hotels. Council will be kept informed about the process and will, generally by accepting staff recommendations, approve the selection of the city and a hotel for a particular Annual Meeting.
Once discussions with hotels have begun, even before a contract is signed, verbal commitments have been made by both parties and understandings arrived at. Such discussions will be terminated only for good reason, and in full consideration of the Society's ability to secure an acceptable alternate site and the future effects upon its reputation within the hotel and convention industry.
Adopted by Council: June 1991
SAA members and groups often develop worthy initiatives which deserve, but due to limited financial resources cannot receive, Society funding. As a result, members may periodically wish to approach outside funding sources. On these occasions the Society will work closely and in a collaborative manner with membership to develop strong, well-constructed proposals for submission to granting agencies, foundations or corporate sponsors.
It is important to the success of the Society and the proposal that members, in turn, work closely with SAA leadership to secure appropriate financial and legal review of proposals. On some occasions a formal proposal may not be necessary, but members should always involve the Executive Director before initial approach to funders. To assist members, the SAA has established the following guidelines for formal grant submissions.
- Please discuss ideas for grant proposals with the Executive Director early in the planning process, then submit a brief written summary to the Executive Director. Opening the dialogue early in the process will enable members to address any initial major concerns and will forestall any surprises. The summary should include but is not limited to the following:
- how the proposed plan of work addresses and reflects the major goals of the strategic plan;
- a brief description of the project purpose, scope, duration, expected outcomes;
- potential funding sources and, if possible, names of contacts. Although the central office is unable to research potential funders, staff will be able to work with proposers and help direct efforts toward appropriate research sources;
- a draft budget and budget summary, including fiscal duration, staff involvement, direct and indirect costs, post-project commitments, if any. The Executive Director will be happy to assist in developing the budget.
- The Executive Director will work with proposers to address questions or considerations that may arise from the Executive Committee, Council, funding source, or central office. To insure that the proposal incorporates and reflects the full range of substantive knowledge within the Society, the Executive Director will consult with individuals with expertise in the field. Their review will help shape the proposal into the best form for pre-submission review by funding sources. Pre-submission review is common practice in fundraising and substantially increases the likelihood of the proposal's ultimate success.
- After concluding the above set of consultations, members should then submit a draft of the full proposal and budget to the SAA office in both paper form and on a floppy disk.
- Please note that before the grant can be submitted to the agency or corporate sponsor, the proposal will be reviewed by at least two Council members with knowledge of the technical or subject area of the grant. The Executive Committee will additionally review the proposal for its financial implications. Therefore, once the draft proposal is complete and submitted to SAA, members must schedule at least four weeks for internal review and revisions before the proposal can be submitted to the funding source.
- Once these reviews and revisions are incorporated into the final draft, the Executive Director will submit the proposal on behalf of the Society to the granting agency, corporate sponsor, or foundation.
It is the Executive Director's responsibility to keep Council and officers fully informed about grant proposals in development, and will provide Council with a summary of these activities at the Spring and Fall meeting.
Adopted by SAA Council: June 1991
Revised: June 1994
The Society of American Archivists is a professional organization established to serve the educational and informational needs of its members. SAA promotes cooperation, research, standards, public awareness, and relations with allied professions and thereby advances the identification, preservation, and use of records of enduring value. Because discrimination and unequal treatment are inimical to the Society's goals, SAA hereby declares that discrimination on the grounds of age, color, creed, disability, family relationship, gender identity/expression, individual life style, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited within the Society. SAA will vigorously pursue a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity through its programs, activities, services, operations, employment, and business contracts.
Adopted by Council: January 1992; updated February 2009
Policies Regarding Function Space and SAA Staff Support for Groups that Meet at the SAA Annual Meeting
Policies That Apply to SAA’s Constituent Bodies: Sections, Roundtables, Committees, Boards, Task Forces, Representatives
A. Regular Meetings
Shared or dedicated space (see Section and Roundtable guidelines for details of how space is allocated) for the regular annual meetings of these groups is provided by SAA in or near the conference hotel. This space and time is assigned by the SAA staff according to the general schedule of the meeting and information received in response to a call for meeting space requests.
The meetings are listed in the Annual Meeting program.
Room set-ups are arranged by the SAA staff.
Hotel contracts invariably require that all food and beverages consumed in meeting room space must be provided by the hotel. To do otherwise places the Society in violation of its contract. SAA does not pay for food or beverage breaks for these group meetings.
Should an SAA body want food service or a coffee break in its meeting, the SAA office will send hotel menus and ordering information. An individual member of the group will be billed directly by the hotel.
B. Office Hours in the Exhibit Hall
SAA offers booth space in the Exhibit Hall for up to two hours of “Office Hours” for its own constituent groups who wish to meet with meeting attendees.
The Society arranges for the set up and pays the decorator fees and any booth fees assessed by the conference facility.
Space and time slots are filled as available on a first-come, first-served basis, as Office Hours Request Forms are received in the office.
C. Any Other Function or Activity
The Society is legally and financially responsible for the activities of its constituent bodies. Any SAA group that wishes to hold a function other than its regular meeting and Office Hours is governed by the following:
- Because Annual Meetings are scheduled far in advance, requests submitted less than a year before the anticipated event may not be able to be considered.
- Requests for additional meeting room space will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis after all of the other requirements for space have been fulfilled and before the date specified in the hotel contract for release of unassigned space.
- All activities of SAA bodies, whether in the conference facility or off-site, will be fully announced in the Annual Meeting Program.
- All functions of SAA bodies at the Annual Meeting are open to all meeting registrants.
- For food functions (such as receptions and meals) the SAA office will enter into all contractual agreements and price the function to cover expenses. Tickets will be sold as part of the meeting registration procedure.
- For functions held off the conference facility site, the group desiring such a function will work through the SAA office, which works with and through the Host Committee in arranging local, off-site activities. The SAA office will enter into all contractual agreements for sites, food, and transportation. Functions will be priced to cover expenses.
- The SAA Council does not consider the solicitation of resources to support social events at the Annual Meeting to be a priority activity for SAA groups. SAA groups will not enter into direct competition with the Society as a whole in soliciting funds or other resources. SAA groups will follow guidelines regarding seeking outside resources and using the SAA name and logo. Any income generated to support particular activities will become part of the general Annual Meeting revenues.
Policies That Apply to Regional, State, and Metropolitan Archival Associations
A. Office Hours
The Society offers a limited amount of booth space in the Exhibit Hall for up to two hours of “Office Hours” to regional, state, and metropolitan archival associations that wish to meet with meeting attendees.
The Society arranges for the set up and pays the decorator fees and any booth fee assessed by the hotel.
Space and time slots are filled as available on a first-come, first-served basis, as request are received in the SAA Office.
B. Other Events
A number of associations traditionally hold social events at SAA’s Annual Meeting. SAA is not able to offer space to hold such events.
Upon request, the Society will note such events as “Other Events” in the final program that is distributed to meeting registrants. The date, time, and location will appear in print; space will be available on a bulletin board to post further details.
Policies That Apply to Associations of Archivists Other Than Regional, State, or Metropolitan Associations
A. Complimentary Space
Some SAA Annual Meeting attendees are members of other associations of archivists that wish to use this occasion to hold their own gatherings. Because of the demands upon limited space, SAA is unable to offer complimentary space for meetings or social functions to anyone other than its own constituent bodies and grant-funding agencies or organizations.
B. Events as Part of the SAA Annual Meeting
Groups that wish to have a reception or a meal at the conference facility as part of the SAA meeting can be accommodated as follows:
- Because Annual Meetings are scheduled far in advance, requests submitted less than a year before the anticipated event may not be able to be considered.
- Requests for space will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis after the other requirements for space have been fulfilled and before the date specified in the hotel contract for release of unassigned space.
- All such functions will be planned through the SAA office, announced as part of the Annual Meeting, and be open to all meeting registrants.
- The SAA office will arrange for food and beverage service with the hotel, price the event to cover expenses, and sell tickets as part of the meeting registration procedure.
C. Other Events
Other groups are free to make their own arrangements for activities or functions at their own expense. Upon request, the Society will note such activities as “Other Events” in the final program that is distributed to meeting registrants. The date, time, and location will appear in print; space will be available on a bulletin board to post further details.
Policies That Apply to Agencies or Organizations That Offer Grant Funding to Archivists or Archival Repositories
A. Office Hours
The Society offers a limited amount of complimentary booth space in the Exhibit Hall for up to two hours of “Office Hours” to grant-funding agencies.
Space and time slots are filled as available on a first-come, first-served basis, as requests are received in the SAA Office.
Such agencies or organizations may choose to pay the non-profit rate for exhibitors and secure a separate booth for the entire exhibit time.
B. Space for Other Functions
Such agencies or organizations may request complimentary space in meeting rooms. Such requests will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis after all of SAA’s own requirements for meeting room space have been fulfilled, provided that such requests are made before the date specified in the hotel contract for release of unassigned space.
Hotel contracts invariably require that all food and beverages consumed in meeting room space must be provided by the hotel. To do otherwise places the Society in violation of its contract. Should a grant-funding agency wish food or beverage service, the SAA office will provide menus and ordering information. The organization will be billed directly by the hotel.
Annual Meeting Firms or Organizations That Provide Goods and Services for Fees or Sale
Such groups are welcome to meet with meeting attendees by becoming exhibitors and paying the appropriate rates.
Any other functions that such groups wish to hold will be arranged entirely by them at their own expense. SAA does not print listings for such events in the Annual Meeting Program, although it will be happy to accept paid advertisements for the Program.
Adopted by the SAA Council: January 1992
Revised: March 2007
SAA will subsidize childcare for registrants at the annual meeting through a per registrant assessment as originally approved at the 1984 business meeting and reaffirmed at the January 1985 and January 1993 Council meetings.
The amount of the per registrant assessment should be adjusted annually to inflation in the Consumer Price Index (CPI).
The SAA office will prepare a budget for childcare services as part of its annual meeting planning. The budget will summarize projected costs and income from the indexed per registrant assessment.
Any costs of childcare services not covered by the CPIndexed per registrant assessment will be charged to parents using the service through a fee set by the SAA office.
The SAA office should use conservative budget planning in estimating the likely meeting registration (and thus the income from the assessment) and in calculating the fee charged to parents.
Appropriate expenses for the childcare services budget include: service fees for the agency, snacks, and light entertainment (e.g., videotape player and cassette rental). If there are costs for the room in which childcare is held, these expenses should be part of the childcare budget. If the childcare room is shared by other meeting functions, those other functions, including general administration, should share in the expenses of the room. When negotiating with hotels, SAA office staff should endeavor to obtain free rooms which can serve both the needs of childcare as well as other meeting functions.
The meeting registration material should clearly indicate that a small portion of each registration fee is used to cover the costs of childcare services, pursuant to actions of the 1984 business meeting and January 1985 and 1993 Council meetings.
Adopted by Council: January 1993
Guidelines for the Establishment of Listservs by Organizational Units of the Society of American Archivists
Approved by the SAA Council: June 1995
Revised: March 2007
Rescinded: February 2010, see Uniform Guidelines for SAA Websites and Online Communications
The following are criteria considered for the selection of annual meeting sessions to be taped. These criteria are applied by the Executive Director in consultation with the Program Committee:
- Session Attendance: The higher the projected attendance, the more likely the session content will be in demand and therefore taped. Anticipated attendance is measured through the annual meeting attendance sheets located in the annual meeting program. These projections are returned with registration fees and give an estimated count of a session's expected attendance.
- Session Topic: The broader the topic appeal the more likely it contains widespread appeal and therefore will be taped.
- Special Session: The presentation by a prominent speaker and/or of a special topic.
- Presenter Permission: All presenters submit a signed consent form when granting permission for their session to be taped. SAA must have explicit permission from all presenters before a session can be taped.
Approved by Council: June 14, 1996
Requesting Funds from Within SAA
Money is allocated for Section/Roundtable activities through the regular SAA budget process. Sections/Roundtables are not authorized to spend any monies or commit any monies to be spent without specific authorization from the SAA Executive Committee through the budget process or through special approval. Funding from within SAA is requested through annual reports which should be submitted by Section/Roundtable chairs by December 31 of each year. The budget for the following fiscal year (July 1 - June 30) is approved by the Council in May. Throughout the year, special approval for funding from within SAA may be obtained by submitting a request in writing to the SAA Executive Director at least sixty (60) days prior to the next Council meeting.
Solicitation of Funds or In-Kind Contributions from Outside Sources
If a Section/Roundtable wishes to seek resources (whether in case or in-kind) from any source outside SAA, Executive Committee approval must be obtained in every instance before approaching the source or before the transaction takes place. When approaching outside sources, the Section/Roundtable should keep in mind that, according to legal counsel, "to the extent that any monies are deducted by donors on their taxes, they are presumably deductible as business deductions and not charitable deductions." This holds true unless that donation is made to a special project fund.
Sections/Roundtables, although within the SAA structure, are not empowered to take action in the name of SAA, or to request money in the name of SAA or of the Section/Roundtable itself, without specific authorization of the Executive Committee. Under no circumstance should a Section/Roundtable maintain a separate bank account. This firm rule is required to protect SAA and its members from potential legal complications.
Use of SAA Name, Logo and Auspices
The use of SAA’s name, logo, and auspices for publications, meetings, mailings, websites, social networks, electronic communications, and other activities is available only through specific provision of the Council and shall conform to Uniform Guidelines for Use of the SAA Logo. Sections/Roundtables, although they are within the SAA structure, are not empowered to take action in the name of SAA, or request money in the name of SAA or the Section/Roundtable itself, without specific prior authorization of the Council. This firm rule is required to protect SAA and its members from potential legal complications.
Approved by Council: June 14, 1996
Revised: February 2010
Due to stringent liquor liability laws, no SAA group may provide alcoholic beverages at a Society or group function unless it is served by a contracted facility or caterer that maintains liquor liability insurance. Failure to abide by this policy places SAA at great legal risk.
Approved by Council: June 14, 1996.
The SAA office will host and maintain membership lists for Sections and Roundtables. Section membership is included in SAA’s online membership directory.
Approved by the SAA Council: August 31, 1996
Revised: March 2007
The explosive and continuing growth of electronic communications technology presents SAA with the opportunity to better serve its members and to enhance collaboration between and among internal and external audiences. SAA establishes these guidelines as a means to encourage the effective development, dissemination, and sharing of resources throughout the Society, to regularize the functions and operations of SAA's component groups, and to otherwise facilitate the efforts of member leaders. These guidelines apply to the online information resources sponsored and/or maintained by the SAA office and to all websites, e-mail discussion lists, wikis, blogs, document sharing sites, and social networks sponsored and/or maintained by official SAA component groups.
SAA network: The entire collection of websites, e-mail discussion lists, wikis, blogs, document sharing sites, and social neworks sponsored and/or maintained by the Society of American Archivists and its component groups.
SAA main website: The collection of documents maintained by the SAA office residing on its Web server(s) at http://www.archivists.org (a.k.a. the "Extranet") and http://saa.archivists.org (a.k.a. the "Intranet").
SAA content management system (CMS): The Web database application maintained by the SAA office and used to administer content published to http://www.archivists.org.
SAA list server: The server application maintained by the SAA office, residing at http://forums.archivists.org, and hosting officially sponsored e-mail discussion lists.
SAA component group website: A subdirectory of the main website for use by an official component group.
SAA auxiliary site: An independently hosted website, e-mail discussion list, wiki, blog, document sharing utility, or social network containing content sponsored and/or maintained by teh SAA office or by an official component group.
A. General Guidelines
Documents published by the SAA Council, by the SAA office, or by any SAA component group are official publications of the Society, whether they are posted to the main website, to a component group website, or to an auxiliary website. As such, these publications are subject to the records retention provisions outlined in Article VII of SAA’s Constitution. Individual comments regarding publications posted by members at large (and/or members of the public) to any portion of the SAA network do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of the Society and are not regarded as SAA publications.
The content of all pages on the SAA website shall be related to the functions and mission of the Society of American Archivists, namely to serve the education and information needs of our members and provide leadership to help ensure the identification, preservation, and use of the nation’s historic record.
B. SAA Main Website
All documents published to SAA's main website are subject to the approval of the Executive Director. All submissions and/or suggestions for additions to the SAA main website shall be forwarded for consideration to the Executive Director or the Executive Director's designated staff representative(s).
The Executive Director or designee is responsible for the overall design, coding, formatting, and maintenance of the contents of the SAA main website. The Executive Director or designee should follow an appropriate style manual, such as the Chicago Manual of Style.
Links should be made from the main website to component group websites adn to other professional associations of archivists or allied professions. Links to external sites comprising directories of archival websites, non-SAA web publications of archival interest, and such also are desirable. Links will not be made to websites describing individual archival repositories or their holdings.
SAA will maintain links to all auxiliary SAA student chapter websites.
C. SAA Component Group Websites
A complete list of official component groups will be published by the SAA office on the main website. Each component group will also have a homepage on the main website containing key leadership information, including a statement of the group’s charge and/or purpose, goals and/or duties, group bylaws (if applicable), links to official rosters of the group’s leaders and/or members, a link to the group’s official e-mail discussion list, and a link to the component group website, if applicable.
The SAA office will provide all SAA boards, committees, sections, roundtables, and working groups with a component group website that may be administered by authorized group leaders via SAA’s content management system. Group leaders are responsible for updating information maintained on component group websites. Subcommittees and task forces may also request a component group website, provision of which will be subject to approval by the Executive Director and dependent on the group’s articulation of a clear statement of purpose for the site that is directly germane to the responsibilities and concerns of that group.
Content published to component group websites will follow an appropriate style manual, such as the Chicago Manual of Style. Key leadership information published to the main website should not be republished to component group websites. Personal contact information of members and member leaders, including e-mail addresses, may not be published to any site that is accessible to Web crawlers and/or spam harvesters.
Group leaders will have primary creative control over the design and content of their component group websites, provided that no website may conflict with the SAA main website or with SAA policies and practices relating to publication, privacy and confidentiality, and ethical conduct. Groups are strongly encouraged to utilize the main website theme (e.g., header, footer, site search utility, and navigation elements) in order to promote usability and effective document retrieval. Groups that elect to design and display a custom theme must display:
- The uniform SAA logo, in accordance with the policies articulated in the Guidelines for Use of the SAA Logo;
- A prominent link to the component group website and/or the main website;
- An appropriate disclaimer stating that SAA does not assume responsibility for the opinions and views published on the auxiliary site; and
- If necessary, an appropriate disclaimer stating that references to commercial interests (such as vendor listings or advertisements) does not imply any endorsement by SAA.
D. E-mail Discussion Lists
The SAA office will provide all SAA boards, committees, sections, roundtables, and working groups with one or more e-mail discussion lists:
- Boards, committees, subcommittees, task forces, and working groups will be provided with a private list for use by active members of the component group, the Council liaison, and staff liaisons.
- Sections and roundtables will be provided with a private list for use by the section and roundtable officers/convener, steering committee members, Council liaison, and staff liaisons.
- Sections will be supplied with a dual-function announcement list and electronic discussion list. Section members will automatically be subscribed to the announcement function, which section leaders may use for broadcasting official news. Section members may voluntarily modify their list subscriptions to participate in open discussions with other members of the section. Section members may unsubscribe.
- Roundtables will be supplied with an electronic discussion list to which all roundtable members will automatically be subscribed upon joining the group. Roundtable members may unsubscribe.
- Active members of SAA boards, committees, subcommittees, task forces, working groups, section steering committees, and roundtable steering committees will automatically be subscribed to the SAA Leader List, a moderated announcement list used by the Executive Director to communicate leadership information to the component groups. Submissions are subject to the approval of the Executive Director.
- The SAA office will be responsible for managing list software, troubleshooting member subscriptions, and working with officers to maintain accurate subscription lists and policy compliance. As subscriptions to electronic lists will be one of several criteria for evaluating the effectiveness of sections and roundtables, SAA staff will report annually on the number of electronic list subscribers, including those subscribers to roundtable lists who are not members of SAA.
E. SAA Component Group Use of Social Media and External Websites (Auxiliary Sites) [Revised July 2012.]
SAA component groups may create accounts on social networks (such as Facebook and Twitter) and use social media tools (such as wikis, blogs and document-sharing sites). When considering establishing a new resource, component groups should be aware of the alternatives available to them and the associated roles and responsibilities.
SAA’s goals in establishing component group microsites within the Drupal content management system were as follows:
- To provide component groups with a standardized and easily maintained system that would ensure continuity of the record through leadership changes.
- To provide SAA members with a highly informative, easy-to-use, and comprehensive website for the Society as a whole.
SAA recognizes, however, that component groups may have needs that cannot be met within the Drupal microsite environment. When this is the case, a component group may make use of other social media tools to accomplish its communication objectives.
Component groups wishing to create or populate an external web resource (including a social media account) must adhere to the following guidelines:
- Notify the group’s Council liaison of each social media account or external resource that it creates.
- Have a clear understanding of the group’s purpose in establishing the resource and develop a plan for how the resource will be used and what types of material will be shared via the resource.
- Maintain on the group’s SAA microsite active links to all such external resources used by the group.
- On the microsite list of links to external social media and website resources, identify the active group member serving as the administrator of each account.
- Ensure that access privileges (user accounts and passwords) are transferred to new leaders in a timely manner.
- Be aware that SAA staff cannot provide support (such as maintenance, training, permissions, or archiving) for resources published on a third-party server.
- Maintain key governance information (such as bylaws and minutes) on the group’s SAA microsite where it can be maintained and preserved by SAA.
- Be aware that content published on external sites or using social media accounts may be subject to the records retention provisions outlined in Article VII of the SAA Constitution.
- Display on external sites a prominent link to the component group’s SAA microsite.
- Display on external sites an appropriate disclaimer stating that SAA does not assume responsibility for the opinions and views published on the external site or social media account.
Use of the SAA logo is encouraged but not mandatory on component social media sites and external websites. If the SAA logo is to be used, the component group must display the uniform logo in accordance with the policies articulated in Guidelines for Use of the SAA Logo.
These guidelines apply to both new and existing social media accounts and external websites. Component groups should review all existing accounts and websites and discuss them with their Council liaisons to ensure that they comply with these guidelines.
Adopted by the SAA Council: June 8, 1997; Revised: March 2007, February 2010, July 2012
I. Function and Significance
The Archives & Archivists Electronic List was adopted by the Society in 1998 to disseminate information and news and allow for free discussion of issues of interest to the archival community. The Society maintains its guardianship of the list as a service to the profession; it does not direct nor is it responsible for the content of discussion to the list except in insuring that discussion is relevant to archival issues. Participation is open and unlimited. The list is operated by a List Manager at a host institution that provides computer services to run the list.
II. Number and Length of Appointments
The List Manager is appointed for a one-year term. The appointment can be renewed indefinitely.
The List Manager must have the technical ability to manage an electronic mailing list. The List Manager must have access to resources at her/his host institution, and that institution must allow or agree to hosting a professional-oriented electronic mailing list.
The List Manager operates the Archives & Archivists Mailing List by ensuring its continuous operation, by resolving subscription problems, and by ensuring that discussion remains relevant to archival issues. The List Manager works with her/his host institution to establish the list and its log files, to ensure its continuous operation, to ensure maintenance of back up files, and to transfer the list to another host institution when needed. The List Manager maintains log files and ensures that they are backed up. The List Manager maintains a List Web site at the server used by the SAA Headquarters or the Host Institution's server.
V. Reporting Procedures
The List Manager reports to Council when needed. The List Manager submits a written request to Council before the June Council meeting if any expenses are anticipated. The List Manager contacts the Executive Director immediately if any problems occur that might affect service of the list.
SAA component groups (i.e., boards, committees, subcommittees, task forces, working groups, sections, roundtables, and student chapters) are required to display the approved SAA logo on all materials pertaining to official SAA business, including newsletters, websites, social networks, posters, and other promotional materials. This should be accompanied by an appropriate disclaimer provided by SAA regarding the responsibilities of SAA and other sponsoring institutions or organizations for the opinions and views expressed in the documents and/or events in question.
Vendors, consultants, and for-profit commercial entities, including institutional members, may not use the SAA logo without obtaining prior written permission from SAA's Executive Director.
The Executive Office is responsible for the design and provision of the SAA logo.
Revised: February 2010