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HOW TO SUGGEST THAT SAA TAKE ACTION ON AN ISSUE   If you encounter an issue on which you think SAA should comment (or advocate for in another way), here’s how to bring that issue forward. Review the SAA Public Policy Agenda to determine if your issue is included among the priorities outlined there. Use this review to note the types of issues that SAA addresses and also to ensure that your issue is not already being addressed.  Also review the Criteria for Advocacy Statements, SAA Strategic...
Sep 18, 2014   Committee on Public Policy
Institutional practices during the pandemic have undermined job stability in more subtle ways as well. In a survey by the Archival Workers Emergency Fund, respondents expressed concern about the elimination and consolidation of positions, reduction of contract lengths, inability to find new positions, and distribution of the impact along gendered and racial lines.Crowdsourced reporting in Google Docs and mutual aid requests further documents the systemic pattern of furloughs, forced retirements...
The Technical Subcommittee on Encoded Archival Standards is pleased to release Encoded Archival Context - Corporate bodies, Persons, Families (EAC-CPF) 2.0, a draft updated version of the standard for public review and comment. To ensure the greatest possible input from EAC-CPF users around the world, the subcommittee is calling for comments on the proposed changes to the current version, EAC-CPF 2010. The deadline for comments on the change proposals is June 30, 2021. The process for a major...
Thank you to all of our excellent candidates for standing in the 2021 Human Rights Archives Section election. Please take some time to review their candidate statements and get to know them so you can make an informed choice. You will be voting for two Steering Committee members (three-year terms). Ballots will be managed by SAA staff through Survey Monkey; keep an eye on your inbox for when the ballot opens!  The following candidates are running for the section steering committee: Katherine...
Did you miss the Solo Archivists Section's first "UnBOXED: Small Digitization Projects" event on March 28?  If so, the recording is now available here. Also, remember to register (if you haven't already) for Part 2! In the Part 1 recording, you will hear from the following panelists: Katherine Banks, Milligan University (Tennessee) For almost ten years, the archivist and archives student workers at Milligan University's archives have been digitizing institutional photos for their digital...
Apr 1, 2024   Solo Archivists Section
The Technical Subcommittee on Encoded Archival Standards is pleased to release Encoded Archival Context - Corporate bodies, Persons, Families (EAC-CPF) 2.0, a draft updated version of the standard for public review and comment. To ensure the greatest possible input from EAC-CPF users around the world, the subcommittee is calling for comments on the proposed changes to the current version, EAC-CPF 2010. The deadline for comments on the change proposals is June 30, 2021. For details on the new...
  The Technical Subcommittee on Encoded Archival Standards (TS-EAS) is pleased to announce the publication of the first post in a collaborative series on the current EAD revision process. In "Shape the Future of EAD: A Call to Action – Part I," published in the Description Section's online newsletter, we provide updates about the ongoing revision of Encoded Archival Description (EAD) and examine why the EAD standard needs revision and provide an insight into the revision process. The second...
Vote in the Preservation Section Special Election! Ballots are now open until Friday, March 29.  Ballot Page: https://mysaa.archivists.org/myballots   The “View Ballot” link will direct users to the usual SurveyMonkey election ballot. Users must be logged in to access the page. Thank you to both of our excellent candidates for standing in the 2024 Preservation Section special election. Please take some time to review their candidate statements and get to know them so you can make an informed...
Mar 18, 2024   Preservation Section
A new issue of SOLO, the newsletter of the Solo Archivists Section, is now available. This spring issue includes lovely highlights from a few of our fellow solo arrangers, updates on exciting events in our section's near future, and one solo arranger's experience with a creative method of crafting finding aids. If you are interested in submitting to SOLO, you can send submissions for highlights through this Google Form, and send any updates and/or articles to soloarchivists.saa@gmail.com.
Mar 13, 2024   Solo Archivists Section
We invite you to participate as a guest author in our section’s blog series on the memory lab experience from the perspective of those operating a “lab” and maintaining a DIY digitization program for the public. We want to hear your memory lab experiences for the benefit of public libraries considering starting their own digitization program or looking to enhance their current program. Guidelines 1.     Who: blog post can be written by an individual or team facilitating a public library...
The 2013 RAO Program Committee seeks Hot Topics and Cool Demonstrations for provocative conversation and deep thinking in a hotel in New Orleans. On August 15th 2013 RAO will host its second annual Marketplace of Ideas and seeks purveyors of hot topics and cool demonstrations to sell their wares to a savvy audience of RAO archivists. What is an RAO Hot Topic? An RAO hot topic is an issue, a concern, an idea that has sparked recent attention in RAO circles.  It can be something that seems...
ARCS is holding a special election for the vacant position of Secretary of the SAA ARCS Steering Committee. You will be voting for one Secretary, for a two-year term. One candidate has been nominated for the position. Shoshana Traum | Biography and Candidate Statement: "I'd like to offer to serve as secretary of the steering committee for the Archivists of Religious Collections Section, if I am eligible. I am a recent graduate of Simmons University's School of Library and Information Science,...
Please join the Solo Archivists Section for two panel events on small digitization projects! There will be time for Q&A so please bring your questions. UnBOXED: Small Digitization Projects 1 Thursday, March 28, 2024 2pm Eastern / 1pm Central / 12pm Mountain / 11am Pacific / 10am Alaska / 8am Hawaiʻi Register: https://northeastern.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwsd--orjwsG9VtC5ntkXLPNgxJ52ixAITe Panelists: Katherine Banks, Milligan University (Tennessee) For almost ten years, the archivist...
Mar 7, 2024   Solo Archivists Section
2024 Special Election: Candidate Statement    Many thanks to all of our excellent candidates for putting themselves forward in this election cycle. Please read and consider their statements carefully before submitting your votes. The positions up for election this cycle are: Vice Chair / Chair Elect for a 2-year term (1 position) SAA will be sending the ballots out to all members, so watch your inbox and vote! Vice Chair/Chair-Elect Candidate The following candidate is running for the Vice...
Research and Innovation Roadmap Update 1.4, adopted by SAA Council & Updated July 2023.
2024 Special Election: Candidate Statements Thank you to all of our excellent candidates for standing in the 2024 Preservation Section special election. Please take some time to review their candidate statements and get to know them so you can make an informed choice.    You will be voting for: One Member-At-Large (Two-year term) Ballots will be managed by SAA staff. Once the ballots have been prepared they will be foung here.   Steering Committee Member Candidates   The following candidates...
Feb 23, 2024   Preservation Section
The Reference, Access, and Outreach Section (RAO) of the Society of American Archivists is seeking two new co-chairs to lead the Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Subcommittee. The TPS Subcommittee advocates for the active and interactive use of primary sources in teaching and learning as a core component of archival work. The co-chairs work together with the RAO Steering Committee to plan and develop different programming opportunities throughout the year, such as the Article Discussion Club...
2023 Call for Applicants - Associate Editor for Case Studies on Teaching with Primary Sources  The Teaching with Primary Sources sub-committee of the Reference, Access and Outreach Section of the Society of American Archivists is accepting applications for the role of Associate Editor for the Case Studies on Teaching With Primary Sources series. For more information about the series, visit: https://www2.archivists.org/publications/epubs/Case-Studies-Teaching-With-Primary-Sources. The Associate...
Announcing the Raymond W. Smock Fellowship to support attendance at the annual meeting of the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress. The meeting is May 15-17, at the National Archives Research Center in Washington D.C. The 2024 meeting host is the Center for Legislative Archives.   The Smock Fellowship of $1000 is open to those who work at an ACSC member institution and have not previously attended an annual meeting. If you know someone who fits these criteria, please forward this to...
If you missed the SAS "UnBOXed" event on February 9 about the new SAS Buddy Program, or just prefer to hear the program summarized verbally rather than read about it, check out the recording here! If the event has inspired you to look into joining the Buddy List program for 2023-2024, visit the sign-up form.  Other details can be found on the microsite. Any questions about the program?  Or ideas for future UnBOXed events?  Send those to your SAS steering committee at soloarchivists.saa@gmail....
Feb 12, 2024   Solo Archivists Section
The 2023 Winter Newsletter includes: A letter from the MAS Chair, Tara Laver News from the MAS section about the upcoming elections in Spring 2024 A report on the 90th anniversary celebrations at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art by Tara Laver A report on preserving the film, The American Vision (1995) by Kelly Burton Meet Your Fellow Archivist: Kelly Schulz
Feb 2, 2024   Museum Archives Section
Dear EAD and EAC-CPF users, On behalf of SAA’s Technical Subcommittee for Encoded Archival Standards (TS-EAS) we are pleased to announce the minor releases of the EAC-CPF 2.0.1 and the EAD3 1.1.2 Tag Libraries as well as an update to the Schematron files that are available for extended validation of EAC-CPF 2.0 and EAD3 XML files. What’s new in the EAC-CPF 2.0.1 Tag Library? This minor revision to the Tag Library covers a typographical error in @targetType (see issue #111) and adaptation of...
The Technical Subcommittee on Encoded Archival Standards (TS-EAS) wishes you all a happy new year and hopes you have had a good start into 2022!    Tapping into the spirit of new starts, we would like to pick up on the call for comments to improve the Encoded Archival Description (EAD) that we initiated at the end of last year. TS-EAS wants to hear from you in more detail what you are missing in the current version of EAD and what you would like to see in a future version of the standard. We...
Reference, Access and Outreach Section, 2022 Election Ballot At-Large Steering Committee Nominees (2 positions):   Lauren White, CA Job Title: Archivist Institution: Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library Bio statement:  Lauren White, CA, is an archivist at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and has previously held positions at the University of Michigan, University of Toledo, and Purdue University.  She has a BA in English from the University of Southern Mississippi and an MSI from the...