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Hello, Would anyone like to share their collection development policy? I wrote one for a university a couple of years ago so I generally know what it should cover, but I would like to see a couple of examples of local government collection development policies. Thank you. Kelly Smith
Are you facing the problem of incomplete data in ArchivesSpace? Is there data missing from your records that you would like to fix one day, only when will you ever have time to do all of that work? Is the missing data threatening to cause much larger problems down the road for your organization? In 2017, George Washington University Special Collections Research Center faced just this problem when we upgraded our instance of ArchivesSpace to version 1.5. The biggest change introduced by this...
SAA Statement on Obama Presidential LibraryFebruary 28, 2019-The decision not to build a federally administered presidential library as part of the Obama Presidential Center has resulted in a robust discussion within and beyond the archives profession. SAA has not taken a position on the matter, but is aware of the many challenges associated with the rapid transition to electronic and born-digital records.President Obama, the "social media president," led an administration that relied heavily...
Feb 28, 2019   Issues and Advocacy Section
Read the 2018 joint Section meeting minutes.
This project will gather data about the current state of institutional web-available histories of Special Collections and University Archives. As a result of this data collection, the Archival History Section will be able to promote the writing of online archival histories of research and academic institutions, including archives and special collections in college and university libraries. Please visit Achival History News for more information.
Feb 12, 2019   Archival History Section
SAA I&A Steering Committee Meeting, 2019-02-06 11:00am-12:00pm PST TAKE 2 WITH ZOOM! Join Zoom Meeting https://ucla.zoom.us/j/865350528 One tap mobile +16699006833,,865350528# US (San Jose) +16465588656,,865350528# US (New York) Dial by your location        +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)        +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) Meeting ID: 865 350 528 Present: Courtney, Steve, Rachel, Samantha, Sara Not Present: Kristin, Ruth, Summer Notetaker: Sara Agenda Introductions N/A...
SAA I&A Steering Committee Meeting, 2019-01-09 11:00am-12:00pm PST LET’S TRY ZOOM! Just kidding Zoom is down this morning! Back to our usual call-in number. Call-in Number: (641) 715-0700 Access Code: 767350 Present: Courtney, Samantha, Rachel, Steve, Ruth, Summer Not Present: Kristin Notetaker: Sara Agenda Introductions Ruth- Kristin Announcements: Summer transitioning out of Vice-Chair role and out of field; not renewing SAA membership. Will continue to volunteer and work on re...
  The J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award Subcommittee of the Society of American Archivists is spreading the word about nominations for the 2019 cycle of the award. Can you help us spread the word to GRS members about the award and that we welcome nominations from them? Suggested text for the announcement is below.    The J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award Subcommittee of the Society of American Archivists is asking you to create a nomination for the 2019 J. Franklin Jameson...
Something important to you missing from this newsletter? Send a submission my way and let me know what you would like to see.Please submit newsletter items about archives and human rights (writ broadly) to hilary.h.barlow@gmail.com. These can be recent publications, upcoming events or exhibitions, opportunities and scholarships, or something else entirely as long as it connects to archives and human rights. For the February newsletter, please send you submission by February 21, 2019.
Immigration, the hallmark issue of the Trump presidency, was front page news all year. Assaults on birthright citizenship, Trump’s family separation policy, a new proposed public charge rule, the asylum ban, the lowest refugee cap ever, fearmongering the migrant caravan, the tragic deaths of children in U.S. custody, and the fight to fund Trump’s wall; at every turn the cruelty of U.S. immigration policy past and present has been on full display. The news cried out for historical analysis and...
This article explores questions regarding the development and support of Indigenous priorities and self-determination in Australian libraries and archives. It calls for greater use of Indigenous research methodologies within library and archival science in order to seek ways to decolonize and simultaneously indiginze libraries and archives. As a written reflection, the article shares the perspectives of the author, who has worked in the sector for the past two decades as an Indigenous...
Librarians and Archivists with Palestine (LAP) and the Tamer Institute for Community Education are thrilled to announce the launch of Matloub / Wanted: Library Books for Palestine, a campaign that seeks to raise awareness about issues facing libraries in Palestine and the political context in which they operate, while at the same time offering material support for the libraries' collections. Librarians and Archivists with Palestine (LAP) and Palestinian partner organization Tamer Institute...
Join us for a reception and discussion featuring Keith Beauchamp, Producer of the upcoming film, Till.  Award-winning filmmaker Keith A. Beauchamp attended Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiane where he studied criminal justice with the intention of becoming a civil rights attorney. As a young boy in Baton Rouge, Beauchamp had his share of run-ins with racism but it wasn’t until an incident where he was assaulted by an undercover police officer after dancing with a white classmate at a...
In this comprehensive history, Remaking Black Power: How Black Women Transformed an Era, Ashley D. Farmer examines black women's political, social, and cultural engagement with Black Power ideals and organizations. Complicating the assumption that sexism relegated black women to the margins of the movement, Farmer demonstrates how female activists fought for more inclusive understandings of Black Power and social justice by developing new ideas about black womanhood. This compelling book...
50 Children: Rescuing the Collections In 2013, HBO (in association with the Museum) released the documentary 50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus. It chronicles the efforts of Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus—two Americans who rescued 50 Jewish children from Vienna in the late spring of 1939. Since then, many of those children have donated their precious artifacts to the Museum. In 2014, almost 900 people watched and celebrated the Emmy Award-nominated film at a memorable event in...
If you are attending either the Association of Hawai'i Archivists conference this February or the Society of North Carolina Archivists conference in March, the HRA Section Blog could use your help! It's not as hard as it sounds, and it's a great way to add a publication to your resume. The post can be a simple summary of the issues discussed at a certain session, or you can get a little opinionated and say what you thought was most productive about the session or not as productive.  Here are ...
January is a time when I reflect on highlights from the previous year, as I look forward to the new year and the path ahead of me. This past week, I thought a lot about an important speech I listened to five months ago: the keynote address delivered by oral historian and international scholar Dr. Leyla Neyzi, Professor at Sabancı University in Istanbul, Turkey.  At the 2018 Oral History Association meeting in Montreal, Dr. Neyzi shared her personal account of her experiences as a signatory of...
·         What happens when the person responsible for a Corporation's history leaves/retires and takes their knowledge with them? ·         How do we preserve and share Corporate Memory and stories with others? ·         How do archives shape corporate memory, correct corporate "mismemories" or flawed memories, and assemble corporate legends? ·         What tools/processes do we use to encourage employees who retain corporate memory at our institutions to share their corporate memories with...
Jan 26, 2019   Business Archives Section
The SAA-ACRL/RBMS Joint Task Force seeks member comment on the revised Guidelines on Access to Research Materials in Archives and Special Collections Libraries. These guidelines outline the responsibilities for researcher access, as well as legal and institutional obligations, for a repository in preserving collections for use.  The SAA-ACRL/RBMS Joint Task force to Revise the Statement on Access to Research Materials was convened in 2017 to review, update, and expand the Statement on Access to...
Arel Lucas BIO: Arel Lucas is the Metadata & Digital Collections Specialist for the San Diego State University Library in their Information and Digital Technologies Department.  Prior to her 5-1/2 years at SDSU, Arel worked for United Airlines as their administrator for the digital asset management system containing their engineering drawings, and before that for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University as Special Collections librarian and manager of their Aviation Safety and Security Archives...
SAA I&A Steering Committee Meeting, 2018-12-05 11:00am-12:00pm PST Call-in Number: (641) 715-0700 Access Code: 767350 Present: Courtney, Steve, Rachel, Summer Not Present: Sara, Kristin, Samantha Notetaker: Rachel Agenda Introductions Ruth - next time Kristin- next time Check-in on ongoing projects: Outreach Social Media (Facebook, Twitter): Samantha Things are going swimmingly Blog master: Summer Needs to post: Rachel’s Steering Share Sara’s Steering Share Survey...
Hi ERS, long time listener, first time caller! I am re-working some sections of our Collections Management Policy and considering ways to address born-digital records in this traditional document. Has anyone done this?
Something important to you missing from this newsletter? Send a submission my way and let me know what you would like to see.Please submit newsletter items about archives and human rights (writ broadly) to hilary.h.barlow@gmail.com. These can be recent publications, upcoming events or exhibitions, opportunities and scholarships, or something else entirely as long as it connects to archives and human rights. For the January newsletter, please send you submission by January 24, 2019.
Oberlin is currently one of eight sanctuary cities in Ohio. The city’s history is one of commitment to social justice, even when in conflict with federal law. Oberlin College is proud of the city’s history, and the college’s archives holds significant collections that document the city’s history of antislavery, abolitionism, coeducation, black education, and feminism, to name a few movements. Just after the 2016 presidential election—amid discourse about immigrants, Muslims, and people of...