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Election season is upon us and the DRS has four open positions this year: Junior Co-Chair (2-year term):The Junior Co-chair shall be elected annually for a two-year term, serving in year one as Junior Co-chair and in year two as Senior Co-chair. Steering Committee Member (3-year term): The Steering Committee comprises three members, each serving a staggered term of three years. Web Liaison (2-year term) NEW! Member-at-Large (2-year term) Please consider nominating someone...
Apr 29, 2021   Design Records Section
The leaders of the Design Records Section are proposing updates to the Standing Rules that will be added as a section member referendum on the annual ballot this summer. Major changes to the rules include adding provisions in the case of a vacancy or receiving no nominees for leadership roles, changing a role of Student Liaison to Member-at-Large, and adding other policies that were implied but never fully documented in order to increase clarity and transparency to our membership.   Here are...
Apr 28, 2021   Design Records Section
As discussed during last year’s section meeting, a task force with members Tamar Zeffren, David Benjamin, Mott Linn, and Brenda Burk was formed to review the current standing rules and update it to reflect current practices and overall SAA section guidelines.  In accordance with the standing rule, the proposed amendments were reviewed by the executive director (or her designee) and the section’s Council Liaison and will now be put forward in a referendum vote by the section membership.  The...
Apr 27, 2021   Archives Management Section
The SAA Preservation Section is looking for your support for the National Disaster Recovery Fund for Archives. The NDRFA provides grants that support the recovery of archival collections from major disasters, regardless of region or repository type. Learn more about the Fundraiser
Apr 23, 2021   Preservation 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...
Dear section members, I am happy to announce that Susan Tucker has been elected as the section's new vice chair/chair elect. Susan comes to us with a wealth of SAA steering committee and task force experience and will take over the section's leadership after this year's annual meeting. Congratulations, Susan! Sebastian Modrow, Chair
Apr 21, 2021   Archival History Section
Join us on Wednesday, April 28th, 2021 from 12:00 - 2:30 PM EST for #PresTC21, a Preservation Week Twitter Conference hosted by the Society of American Archivists Preservation Section. This free and inclusive conference on Twitter will present a series of lightning talks that we hope will be of interest to librarians, archivists, and anyone who may care about preserving cultural heritage. Each speaker will have 10-15 minutes to present their talk, and then take questions from you, the...
Apr 21, 2021   Preservation Section
Over the last year, your Lone Arrangers Section leadership has worked hard to identify how to best provide constructive and enduring leadership. To do this, the 2020/2021 LAS leadership updated the section's standing rules (bylaws) regarding its governance. The changes move the elected leadership from general steering committee members to specific two-year term officer roles, bringing the responsibilities and accountability of the newsletter and web content management under elected leadership,...
Apr 20, 2021   Lone Arrangers Section
Download the spreadsheet to access a list of free events in celebration of Preservation Week 2021. The events run April 26 - May 1. Please note advanced registration may be required.
Apr 16, 2021   Preservation Section
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...