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Please send any nominations by May 15, 2021! Self-nominations are encouraged!   Are you seeking an opportunity to expand your network and get further involved in the oral history community? If so, consider running for an open position on the Oral History Section Steering Committee. Benefits of providing your time and expertise to the Steering Committee include: Networking with engaged colleagues Cultivating leadership skills in a real-world setting.  Driving trends in the field.  Gaining...
Apr 14, 2021   Oral History Section
The Society of American Archivists' (SAA) Technical Subcommittee on Encoded Archival Standards (TS-EAS), in collaboration with the Encoded Archival Standards Section Steering Committee, will be hosting an April webinar to introduce proposed changes to the EAC-CPF standard.  Encoded Archival Context - Corporate bodies, Persons, and Families (EAC-CPF) is an international standard maintained by SAA for encoding contextual information about persons, corporate bodies, and families related to...
Greetings! The Electronic Records Section (ERS) and the Web Archiving Section (WAS) will host a joint section meeting during SAA's 2021 virtual conference to encourage dialogue among our respective members and reflect the overlap between electronic records and web archiving workflows, personnel, and challenges. The ERS and WAS Steering Committees invite presentations of 5-minute lightning talks on the topic of repairing gaps in the historical record through web archiving and born-digital...
Apr 7, 2021   Web Archiving Section
Dear Colleagues,The Description Section is pleased to announce the launch of its new blog, Descriptive Notes! With this transition, we hope to make Descriptive Notes more accessible as a forum for the exchange of ideas and resources about archival description.Inspired by the Section's Inclusive Description Portal, we are starting off the blog with a series on inclusive description. In our first post, Sharon Mizota discusses the development of guidelines for using Wikidata as a controlled...
Apr 5, 2021   Description Section
The Description Section’s Standing Rules are in need of updating to reflect the changes in the roles and responsibilities of Section officers, to reflect changes in SAA guidelines, and other small changes. None of these fundamentally alter or change the Section’s overall mission or objectives. Changes are viewable in the document linked below. The revised Standing Rules with tracked changes are attached. If anyone has questions or feedback on this, please email chair Katie Duvall (kduv@loc.gov...
Mar 29, 2021   Description Section
TS-DACS is thrilled to announce that SAA Council unanimously approved their proposal for two new required elements for DACS.     Chapter 8 (Description Control) will now include required element 8.2, Rights Statement for Archival Description. Chapter 13 (Authority Record Management) will include a new required element 13.10, Rights Statement for Archival Authority Records. Chapters 1 and 9 will also be updated to reflect the new required elements.  TS-DACS will begin work to add the new...
After soliciting nominations SAA’s Archival History Section will now proceed with its special election of the section’s vice chair/chair elect position. The elected candidate will serve as vice chair for the rest of the 2020/2021 term and will transition into the chair position after the 2021 annual meeting. Please take some time to review the biographical and candidate statement below. Ballots will be managed by SAA staff through Survey Monkey; keep an eye on your inbox for when the ballot...
Mar 22, 2021   Archival History Section
Submissions are invited for the Case Studies on Teaching With Primary Sources series sponsored by the Reference, Access, and Outreach (RAO) Section of SAA. This open-ended series of case studies is designed to illustrate the application of the Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy. To date, seventeen case studies have been published since December 2017, covering many of the objectives from the Guidelines. While submissions addressing any of the objectives are encouraged, we are particularly...
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...
We need your help to make SAA's Lone Arrangers Section the best it can be for all its members. LAS leadership is working to better know its members, the landscape of our profession as lone arrangers, and what you want out of LAS. We are working to update and enrich the LAS newsletter and web resources as well as revitalize the regional representatives program; along with updating the roles of our leadership to better serve the needs of LAS. But to do this, we need your input. Broken down into...
Feb 25, 2021   Lone Arrangers Section
The Society of American Archivists’ Encoded Archival Standards (EAS) Section Steering Committee and the Technical Subcommittee for Encoded Archival Standards (TS-EAS) are excited to announce the availability of  “Encoded Archival Standards: A Primer”:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYWQeBRnhz0 This brief video tutorial introduces new users--archivists, curators, administrators, educators, and beyond--to Encoded Archival Description (EAD) and Encoded Archival Contexts - Corporate Bodies, Persons...
HOME » GROUPS » PRESERVATION SECTION » PRESERVATION WEEK 2021 TWITTER CONFERENCE   Preservation Week 2021 Twitter Conference View   Edit   Revisions Steering Committee Roster The Society of American Archivists Preservation Section is holding a Twitter Conference on April 28th as part of Preservation Week 2021. This free and inclusive conference will cover a range of preservation related topics for archivists and librarians (or any interested party!). You can follow along...
Feb 22, 2021   Preservation Section
The RAO Section is organizing a Community Call to encourage discussion and support among members. This Community Call will be focused on how the RAO community has been performing reference work during this time of varied work environments. We hope this call will allow members to share challenges and successes, whether you are working remotely, in a hybrid model, or fully back in the reading room.    Please join us on Tuesday, April 27 from 1:30pm – 3:00pm EST. Feel free to drop in and stay as...
Meet our wonderful slate of candidates for the 2021 WCS Midterm election! The individual receiving the most votes will serve as a Co-Vice Chair during 2021-2022 and as Co-Chair of the section in 2022-2023. Leanna Barcelona   Biography Leanna Barcelona is currently an Assistant Professor and University Archivist at the University of Illinois Chicago. Previously, she served as the University Archivist at Baylor University in Waco, TX. She became a Certified Archivist in 2018 and hold the SAA...
The session's theme is:  If the past year has taught us anything, it's the necessity of adapting to change. From sudden shut downs to unplanned remote working, these changes have required many archivists to reevaluate the preservation work they do and how they carry out that work. What have you or your institution done to adapt during a time of change that may be incorporated into your future programming, policies, or services? While we welcome lessons learned from 2020, submissions about...
Jan 29, 2021   Preservation Section
SAA's Committee on Research, Data, and Assessment (CORDA) is thrilled to announce that SAA has entered into a memorandum of agreement with the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to establish the "SAA Dataverse"!  Launching later this year, the SAA Dataverse will support active data reuse and reevaluation on behalf of the entire archival community and will welcome data deposits from our designated communities.  In celebration of "Love...
SAA's Committee on Research, Data, and Assessment (CORDA) is thrilled to announce that SAA has entered into a memorandum of agreement with the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to establish the "SAA Dataverse"!  Launching later this year, the SAA Dataverse will support active data reuse and reevaluation on behalf of the entire archival community and will welcome data deposits from our designated communities.  In celebration of "Love...
We hope you have had a good start into the new year. The Technical Subcommittee on Encoded Archival Standards (TS-EAS) would like to kick-off 2021 with an update on some of our recent as well as upcoming activities. Encoded Archival Context - Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families (EAC-CPF)Since early 2019, TS-EAS has been working on a major revision of the EAC-CPF standard. This revision -- EAC-CPF 2.0 -- addresses bug reports and feature requests from the implementer community -- and also...
The Oral History Center at UC-Berkeley is offering online versions of their educational programs for 2021. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the planning committee decided to make the events virtual.   The 2021 Introduction to Oral History Workshop will be held virtually via Zoom over two days on Friday, March 5, from 12–3 p.m. and Saturday, March, 6 from 9 a.m.–1.p.m. Pacific Time. Applications for this workshop are open and will be accepted through February 16, 2021. Space is limited so...
Jan 21, 2021   Oral History Section
 The new issue of information, observations, and things to ponder can be found in pdf form here     Secure Your Stuff Section Research Volunteer, Jeff Lundgren, asks if you have done a “systems review” in starting the new year off right. He explains some reasons why this part of every-day security awareness is so important. This is followed by a few more tips on securing your stuff, continued from the November 2020 text in our First Encounter Quiz What do you know about...
Jan 14, 2021   Security Section
Where do you see yourself professionally in 2021?  Appointed to a relatively new technical subcommittee, perhaps?  Working to improve and influence the role of encoded archival standards — including EAD and EAC-CPF — throughout the world?  If so, now is the time to volunteer!   The Technical Subcommittee on Encoded Archival Standards (TS-EAS) is seeking volunteers to join our group. Next year, the committee will be focused on the following major areas of work: Finalizing a major revision of...
In case you missed the October 16th forum "Welcome Back to the Archives," the recording is now live on YouTube! Listen to our discussion about how pandemic-related closures have affected us all, and how we have handled returning to the workplace. Click here for the YouTube link.
Dec 10, 2020   Preservation Section
If you have questions or discussion points regarding the intersection of these standards with collections management, please post to our listserv! Plese follow the link below to learn more about the Technical Subcommittee on Encoded Archival Standard.
“It's Not as Bad as You Think – Navigating Privacy and Confidentiality Issues in Archival Collections” Tuesday, December 8th at 1pm ET/10am PT Please join us for a lively conversation with Heather Briston, JD, MSI - Head of Curators and Collections, and UCLA University Archivist. Come with your questions and get ready to learn about how you can address thorny privacy and confidentiality issues at your archive. This conversation will go over: How to spot whether you're looking at a legal issue...
SAA’s Records Management Section sponsors a peer-reviewed case study series that seeks to support the practical as well as the theoretical and scholarly aspects of the records and information management (RIM) profession. Suggested case study length is 2,500 to 5,000 words.  Elements of the case study include: introduction background/prior relevant work/institutional context challenge addressed strategies and resources employed analysis of successes and setbacks future plans Illustrations,...