SAA’s strategic Goal 1 was front and center at the Council’s May 22-24 meeting in Chicago, at which it approved issue briefs prepared by the Committee on Advocacy and Public Policy on the Presidential Records Act, the Freedom of Information Act, Orphan Works, and Section 108 of the Copyright Act—the latter two drafted by the Intellectual Property Working Group—that provide background and explain in detail SAA’s position on these subjects. (View SAA’s Advocacy Agenda here.)
"These briefs help put 'meat on the bones' of SAA’s Advocacy Agenda and serve as a wonderful resource for SAA members who want to learn more about these issues," says SAA President Danna Bell. "We look to CAPP to continue development of issue briefs for our use in advocating on behalf of archives and archivists."
On the operations side, the Council adopted a budget for FY 2015 that projects a net gain of $46,700. "This budget represents a realistic work plan for the Society that places appropriate emphasis on maintaining operations at a sustainable level while addressing SAA’s strategic priorities," says SAA Treasurer Mark Duffy. "The organization’s ability to succeed in key areas of advocacy, education, knowledge dissemination, and member services is highly dependent on staying current with communication technology and information management systems. Unlike most other strategic priorities, large technology investments cannot be accommodated within normal operating budgets," he continues. "The FY15 budget will allow our staff to plan appropriately to meet member service expectations."
As a way of supporting a long-standing SAA policy on child care at the Annual Meeting, the Council included in the budget $6,000 to assist members with child care costs associated with attendance at the Annual Meeting. SAA is collecting information about interest in child care services via the registration form and will be in touch with interested individuals before the conference.
In other actions, the Council:
Minutes of the May 22-24 Council meeting will be published within 60 days and made available on the SAA website at: http://www2.archivists.org/groups/saa-council/may-22-24-2014-council-meeting.
The next meeting of the SAA Council will take place Monday, August 11, and Tuesday, August 12, in conjunction with the Joint Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. To suggest agenda items, contact SAA President Danna Bell (email@example.com) or Executive Director Nancy Beaumont (firstname.lastname@example.org). Agenda items are due four weeks in advance of the meeting, or by July 14.