Call to Action #1: Demonstrate the Value of Archives

People seem to sense – almost instinctively – that archives are important.  They come in droves to see the founding documents on display at the National Archives in Washington, DC.  They comment on “how interesting” it must be to be an archivist.  But they can’t quite put their fingers on why it all matters....

Let’s work together on changing that!  Here are some ideas for how you might take action to raise awareness of archives this fall.

 

1. Tell a Story

Develop a brief “story” that explains how the use of archival records had an impact on, or resulted in a positive change for, a person or group. 

Your narrative should focus on the outcomes or results of someone using archival records, not on the content of the records.  We’re developing a catalog of stories that we can share with each other (and with the public!) on the SAA website to illustrate how archives change lives.   

Click here for examples of stories

Submit your story

 

2. Highlight Your Repository

Take advantage of American Archives Month (October!) to raise awareness of archives – and your own repository – by doing one of the following:

Tips on pitching an article idea

Ideas for hosting a repository tour

Tell us about the action(s) you took!


For more ideas on what you can do to help raise awareness of archives this fall, see SAA’s American Archives Month webpage.

Lone Arrangers Section

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The Lone Arrangers Section supports archivists working in “lone arranger" settings.

Welcome to the Lone Arrangers Section! This site can be used to connect to other lone arrangers, learn more about our work, find resources, and access our reports and our quarterly newsletter, Solo

MISSION

To provide education, stimulate communication, and encourage support between archivists working in “lone arranger” settings. The term "lone arranger" includes those working alone or in very small staff situations.

 

HISTORY

The Lone Arrangers Section grew directly out of the lone arranger’s lunches. From 1999-2002, at the national conferences, SAA sponsored and organized a lunch for lone arrangers. The premise was to give lone arrangers a chance to network. Usually lunch tables were set up by subject area, for instance "volunteers", and those at the table would talk about how to use volunteers in the lone arranger setting.

Due to the popularity of the lunches, a petition circulated at the 2002 lone arranger's lunch to ask SAA Council to allow the formation of a section. In January 2003, Council approved the creation of a Lone Arrangers Section. SAA's annual meeting in Los Angeles, 2003, saw the new Section's inaugural meeting. The Lone Arranger Section has been going strong ever since! 

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Students and New Archives Professionals (SNAP) Section

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The Students and New Archives Professionals (SNAP) Section advocates for and addresses the needs of new archivists within SAA and the archives prof

 

 

The Students and New Archives Professionals (SNAP) Section advocates for and addresses the needs of new archivists within SAA and the archives profession. 

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