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Terms of Participation
The Archives and Archivists (A&A) Discussion List was established in 1989 by Donna Harlan and John Harlan as an open forum for all topics relating to archival theory and practice. Over the years, A&A has had various homes. In late 1993, the list migrated to Miami University. (To view the old list archives, see http://www.ibiblio.org/archives-archivists/.) In 1998, SAA assumed sponsorship of the list as a service to the archives profession. It remained hosted at Miami University under the stewardship of Robert M. Schmidt until September 2006, at which time SAA assumed full ownership of the list and responsibility for its ongoing maintenance.
The principal audience for the list is archivists, special collections librarians, archival educators, and students enrolled in graduate archival education courses and programs. The list is open to all individuals with an interest in the archives profession, archival practice, and the preservation and promotion of archival materials. SAA membership is not required for participation in the list.
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Participants agree to restrict their messages to the scope of the list, to follow SAA’s Code of Conduct (http://www2.archivists.org/statements/saa-code-of-conduct) and generally accepted principles of netiquette, to respect the interests and rights of other participants and of the Society of American Archivists, and to respect the law. Participants are solely responsible for their postings.
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Scope of the List
The purpose of the list is to foster discussion of archives and archives issues, including all aspects of the theory and practice of the archives profession. These terms of participation are not intended to constrain scholarly or professional presentation, discourse, or debate, so long as subscribers exchange information in a respectful manner.
Messages unrelated to the archives profession, such as the following, are off topic and prohibited:
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The Archives & Archivists List is a professional forum. If a subscriber breaks any of the rules of the list, the List Coordinator will remind that person of the rules off list. If a subscriber breaks the rules persistently, the List Coordinator will send the individual subscriber a warning. All enforcement of the rules of the list will be conducted off list.
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Punitive action is rare and generally follows wanton and/or persistent disregard for these Terms of Participation. In order to ensure due process, punitive action shall take place only after formal notification of an infraction and initiation of a 90-day probation period. Upon additional misconduct within the 90 days, an individual may be banned by approval of the Council. Misconduct after the 90 days will result in a one-year probation. (Upon misconduct within this longer probationary period, an individual may also be banned by approval of the Council.)
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The Archives & Archivists List is owned by the Society of American Archivists. The SAA Council is charged with setting policy on the list. Two Council members are assigned the responsibility of monitoring the list and making recommendations for responses on behalf of the Council when issues arise. The A&A List Coordinator, reporting to SAA’s Executive Director, oversees the daily operations of the list, including assisting participants with their subscriptions and enforcing the Terms of Participation.
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