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The Women's Collections Section echoes the statement issued by SAA in mourning the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony Mcdade, Regis Korchinski-Paquet, as well as the loss of countless other Black lives, and condemn the continued state-sanctioned violence against and persecution of the Black community at the hands of the police. Furthermore, we stand in support of the justified outrage reflected in the ensuing protests that have now occurred in all 50 states across this...
NAAS CALL FOR NOMINATIONS The Society of American Archivists (SAA) Native American Archives Section (NAAS) is seeking nominations for vice chair and two steering committee members. Anyone is welcome to apply, including students and early-career archivists. If you work with Native American archival materials, or are interested in learning more about the Protocols for Native American Archival Materials, this is a great way to get involved and influence the profession. Tribal archivists and...
Here’s our slate of candidates and their information:  Vice Chair / Chair Elect:  Ingi House Ingi House is the new Director of the National Archives at Denver. She returned to NARA from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), where she managed DPAA’s District of Columbia Knowledge Management and Archives. Among her many duties, she provided advice on the management and organization of information and ensured records were preserved, maintained, and properly disposed of following...
The Accessibility & Disability Section will be holding a referendum to revise minor aspects of the Standing Rules. The following components will be voted upon: Changing the titles of Junior and Senior Co-chairs to Vice Chair and Chair to align with more typical leadership arrangements. Explicitly defining the steering committee term as a 2-year commitment. The revised Standing Rules with tracked changes are attached. If anyone has questions or feedback on this, please email co-chair Lydia...
Looking to expand your professional network? Passionate about advancing archives accessibility and disabilityrepresentation? Consider running for a position on the Society of American Archivists' Accessibility & Disability Section steering committee!  In just our first year, we have spearheaded important projects such as the Archivists at Home document and steering committee members led the formation of the Archival Workers Emergency Fund. Join us in building a second stellar year! Nominate...
CONGRATULATIONS to the new 2020-21 members of the VM Section Steering Committee!!! Chair-Elect: Alexis PeregoyAssociate ArchivistCenter for Creative Photography Bio: As the associate archivist for the University of Arizona's Center for Creative Photography, I am responsible for the management of and access to 280+ archival collections related to the history of photography, which includes both analog and digital materials. I oversee acquisition, processing, and preservation activities,...
Jun 2, 2020   Visual Materials Section
Candidate Biographies and Statements VICE-CHAIR/CHAIR-ELECT CANDIDATES Karen Trivette Biography: Associate Professor Karen Trivette is the Head of Special Collections and College Archives in the Gladys Marcus Library at the Fashion Institute of Technology-State University of New York (FIT); she is the first incumbent to hold this position and has held the post since 2008. At FIT, she supervises four staff members, oversees the care and provision of over 6000 linear feet of special collections...
Below is the list of candidates for this year's section election, along with biographies and candidate statements. Ballots should be distributed through the SAA office later in June.  Vice-chair/chair-elect Michelle Ganz (Archive Director, McDonough Innovation) Biographical statement: Michelle has been an archivist for 12 years. She received her MLIS from University of Arizona and her BA from Ohio State University. She currently serves on the section's Steering Committee. Steering...
Jun 1, 2020   Archival History Section
Slate for the 2020 Preservation Section Steering Committee Election The 2020 election is for Vice-Chair/Chair Elect and Member-At-Large. Election will run June 24th-July 15th. Section members will receive an email with a unique Survey Monkey link to vote. Vice-Chair/Chair Elect  We have 2 candidates for one position Dyani Feige, Director of Preservation Services at the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) Sylvia Welsh, CA, Lead Archivist at the Harvard Property...
Jun 1, 2020   Preservation Section
2020 Election: Candidate Statements Thank you to all of our excellent candidates for the 2020 Description Section election. Please read below for candidate biographies and statements of interest. You will be voting for: -Vice Chair/Chair-Elect -Secretary -One (1) Member-at-Large   Ballots will be managed by SAA staff through Survey Monkey; keep an eye on your inbox for when the ballot opens!  Vice Chair/Chair-Elect Candidate The following candidate is running for the Vice Chair/Chair-Elect...
Jun 1, 2020   Description Section
As a member of the Metadata and Digital Object Section, you have the ability to determine the future of the group. You will be able to cast your ballot in the upcoming section elections during the week of June 24, 2020. Look for your ballot to arrive via Survey Monkey. In the meantime, get to know the candidates! 1 Steering Committee Co-Chair, two-year commitment. Serves the first year as Junior Co-Chair and the following year as Senior Co-Chair with the option for a third year of service as a...
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 June newsletter, please send you submission by June 23, 2020.
In case you missed it, SAA has a page of collected resources for the current health crisis. It includes aid funds for individual cultural heritage workers and organizations, plus information on remote work, professional development, and reopening precautions. View the the list here.
From the late 1800s to mid 1900s, Canada’s Black Railway Porters were a group of workers who disrupted the system, becoming instrumental in leading the fight for fair employment practices and anti-discriminatory laws. Step back in time and learn about the lives of these pioneers whose tireless work, on and off the track, were instrumental in paving a new path for greater equality in Canada. Join us for this panel discussion featuring a dramatic reading which looks at the lives of pioneers who...
Among the new educational initiatives is a free virtual lesson for high school students (modelled after a pre-existing Museum school program), where CMHR program interpreters interact with students in real time, online from their homes. The Museum has also adapted its unique Be an Upstander online learning resource for Grades 5 to 8. In addition to the interactive web site, it now includes a new introductory video for students, filmed in the Rights Today gallery, and an adapted teacher guide...
Filming and sharing documentation for human rights can expose injustices, put a spotlight on stories rarely heard, and create movements that hold perpetrators and decision-makers accountable. But if advocating for accountability is dangerous on a normal day, even more so during a global pandemic. This is why the WITNESS team is devoted to working with allies and partners around the world to make our collective filming and documentation expertise available to anyone, anywhere who wants to use...
When considering the statement “all archives are human rights archives,” the dispersed corpus of Native American boarding school records uniquely bears the weight of these words. The Human Rights Watch defines human rights as “the basic rights and freedoms to which everyone is entitled on the basis of their common humanity. They include civil and political rights, as well as economic, social, and cultural rights.” Severe and fatal violations of these rights occurred during the nearly century-...
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum invites you to the 2020 Arthur and Rochelle Belfer National Conference for Educators on July 20–21. The conference is free to pre-service teachers, middle and high school educators, and community college faculty interested in teaching about the Holocaust. While the conference is designed for educators with less than five years experience teaching about the Holocaust, educators with more experience are also invited to attend. Due to the public health...
The death of George Floyd, who died while in police custody on Monday, is heartbreaking for the Minneapolis community, the African American community and our entire nation. As Dr. King said, injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. This incident is further proof that racism and implicit bias continue to plague our nation and, as they did on May 25, they rear their heads with devastating results. It has been said before and I will repeat it now, being black in America should not be...
Thank you to all our excellent nominees for the 2020 Records Management Section steering committee election. Please take some time to review their candidate statements and get to know them. You will be voting for: Vice Chair/Chair-Elect, who will then serve one year as Chair and one year as Immediate Past Chair; Steering Committee member (three-year term); and Early Career Members (one-year term). Ballots will be managed by SAA staff through Survey Monkey; keep an eye on your inbox for...
May 31, 2020   Records Management Section
Thank you to all of our excellent candidates for standing in the 2020 Archives Management 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: One Vice Chair/Chair-elect, for a two-year term One Secretary, for a one-year term Two Steering Committee Members, each for a three-year term Ballots will be managed by SAA staff through Survey Monkey; please keep an eye on your inbox for when the...
May 30, 2020   Archives Management Section
Thank you to all of our excellent candidates for standing in the 2020 Diverse Sexuality and Gender Section (DSGS) election for a new section co-chair. Please take some time to review each candidate statement before submitting your vote once the ballots open. You will be voting for:Co-Chair, for a two-year term (2020-2022). SAA staff will manage the voting ballots, which are scheduled to open during the week of June 24, via Survey Monkey. Please keep an eye on your inbox for the link to your...
Thank you to our candidates for standing for the 2020 Manuscript Repositories Section election. Section members, please review their candidate statements and get to know the candidates so you can make an informed choice. You will be voting for: One Vice Chair/Chair-Elect, for a two-year term; and Three (3) 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! Vice Chair/Chair-Elect...
The Womens Archivists Section Steering Committee is proud to nominate the following candidates for co-chair and steering committee member positions for 2020. Co-chair Charmaine Bonner My name is Charmaine Bonner and I am the Processing Archivist at Arizona State University. I am also a genealogist and have been conducting family history research for a little over ten years. I was inspired by librarians as an undergraduate student to apply for library school. I quickly realized I could connect...
May 28, 2020   Women Archivists Section
 Dear Colleagues, The AES is looking for folks willing to run for the following positions: Chair (one year term) Vice-chair/Chair-elect (two year term) Steering Committee (2 year term) If interested, please submit a brief biography and candidate statement (1-2 paragraphs each) describing your interest in serving by June 15. You can submit your interest, along with any questions, to poole.alex@gmail.com.   Sincerely, Alex Poole
May 27, 2020   Archival Educators Section