The following draft reflects the work of the SAA Council, beginning at its January 2013 meeting, in reimagining SAA’s strategic plan. Included here are an all-new Vision Statement, a revised Mission Statement, and suggested Goals and Strategies to address the opportunities and challenges that exist for archives, archivists, and SAA in the next five years.
The SAA Council welcomes comments on the “high-level” aspects of the draft Strategic Plan 2013 – 2018, i.e, Vision and Mission statements, Goals, and Strategies. Does the draft plan reflect what you see as SAA’s highest priorities? Do you have other ideas for goals and strategies to meet future needs?
Ultimately the Strategic Plan 2013-2018 will include tactics, activities, key performance indicators, task assignments, and timelines that will allow us to measure our progress toward meeting the goals. To assist members in interpreting the draft goals and strategies, the attached document includes some examples of possible tactics and activities. To comment on any aspect of the plan, including tactics and activities, use this form [CLOSED].
The Council will consider at its May 15-17 meeting all comments received by Tuesday, April 23. There will be another opportunity to comment on a draft following that meeting and at a Forum to be held at the Joint Annual Meeting in New Orleans on Thursday, August 15.
Vision: The Society of American Archivists challenges archivists to achieve professional excellence to ensure the preservation and use of archival records of enduring value.
Mission: SAA serves as the preeminent source of professional resources and the principal communication hub for American archivists and allied professionals. It promotes the diversity and value of archives and archivists in society.
GOAL 1: ADVOCATING FOR ARCHIVES AND ARCHIVISTS
Promote the value of archives and archival practices to society at large. [1.1]
Educate and influence decision makers about the importance of archives in the success of their organizations and constituencies. [1.2]
Strengthen the capacity of those who work with archival material to articulate the value of archives. [1.3]
Continue to enrich the profession by expanding opportunities for a more diverse membership. [1.4]
GOAL 2: ENHANCING PROFESSIONAL GROWTH
Provide education programs that are sustainable, keep pace with technological change, and promote best practices. [2.1]
Provide content that reflects the latest thinking and practice in the archival field. [2.2]
Continually refine its career development program to meet members' diverse needs. [2.3]
GOAL 3: ADVANCING THE FIELD
Identify the need for new standards and participate in the development of relevant standards and best practices. [3.1]
Foster and disseminate research in the field. [3.2]
Participate actively in relevant partnerships and collaborations. [3.3]
GOAL 4: MEETING MEMBERS’ NEEDS
Invest in an effective and sustainable technology infrastructure. [4.1]
Facilitate effective communication with and among members. [4.2]
Create opportunities for members to participate fully in the association. [4.3]
Foster a culture of creativity and experimentation across the association. [4.4]